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Solid content, terrible editing/proofreading Nov. 19 2008
By Hoelo - Published on
Format: Paperback
Although it is a bit dry and dictionaryesque at times, kudos to Scott Klein on writing a solid book on LINQ and providing a lot of detail as to the specifics.

However, the editing of the book is absolutely terrible, particularly for one in the Wrox P2P series. There are numerous typos throughout the book, as well as areas where the content is simply wrong. For example, in one area (page 77), he describes a LINQ query as grouping by the last name, then displaying the first and middle names concatenated together, when in reality the code is grouping by the FIRST name and concatenating the middle and last together.

This might sound like I am nit-picking. However, when covering a topic like this where there are new and non-intuitive items (such as method syntax and lambda expressions) being discussed, it is critically important that the description of the example actually matches the example. Considering that the book rarely lists the syntax format itself, mismatches can lead to "learning" incorrect information.

Were the editing better, I would give this a solid 4 out of 5 stars.

Oh, on another note.. Be aware that this book was based on Beta releases.. Things have changed a little bit.
Review of LINQ April 6 2010
By Cole Knight - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Book arrived just as advertised. It was just not what I expected. Not enough meat in the book. But then that was my fault for not checking into it further. Hard to do with the limited things I can look at on the site. I can see the Table of Contents and part of a chapter.
LINQ - Review July 13 2009
By Jeffrey Berney - Published on
Format: Paperback
What I liked about this book is how Scott talks about the Features of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework that will help developers like me have a better understanding of LINQ. First 4 chapters of the book is more of an introduction then goes into the fundamentals. The LINQ to XML coverage is excellent. He talks about creating, traversing, manipulating. For me I thought that was great because it saved me a lot of headaches of trying to do things with XML the old fashion way.

Scott also talks about LINQ to SQL - In my opinion majority of the book is about LINQ to SQL. In this subject he talks about different techniques that you can do with LINQ to SQL like for example LINQ to SQL Queries.

What I noticed is that he briefly metions about LINQ to Objects. LINQ to Objects allows .NET developers to write "queries" over collections of objects. Traditionally, working with collections of objects meant writing a lot of looping code using for loops or foreach loops to iterate through a list carrying out filtering using if statements, and some action like keeping a running sum of a total property. LINQ frees you from having to write looping code; it allows you to write queries that filter a list or calculate aggregate functions on elements in a collection as a set.

Overall, I think this book is a good reference for developers that want to get into LINQ to XML or LINQ to SQL.
Book has some obvious shoddy spots June 12 2009
By Boo Hoo - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book with the intention of reading it closely. If you read this book closely, you see lots of typos and incomplete/wrong samples. More difficult to learn if the book has mistakes.

A lesser complaint is a fair bit of text is repeated in different chapters. It's easy to scoot through that, though.
Good, but writting for beta Dec 18 2008
By Christopher Brandsma - Published on
Format: Paperback
I do like this book, really. But in the Linq To SQL portions, most of the examples shown for updating/inserting data are wrong. I think they were written for a Beta of Linq to Sql and were not updated.

Most everything else works.