Pro LINQ in VB8: Language Integrated Query in VB 2008 Paperback – Aug 10 2009
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About the Author
Joseph C. Rattz, Jr., unknowingly began his career in software development in 1990 when a friend asked him for assistance writing an ANSI text editor named ANSI Master for the Commodore Amiga. A hangman game (the Gallows) soon followed. From these compiled BASIC programs, he moved on to programming in C for more speed and power. Joe then developed applications that were sold to JumpDisk, an Amiga disk magazine, as well as Amiga World magazine. Due to developing in a small town on a fairly isolated platform, Joe learned all the wrong ways to write code. It was while trying to upgrade his poorly written applications that he gained respect for the importance of easily maintainable code. It was love at first sight when Joe spotted a source-level debugger in use for the first time. Two years later, Joe obtained his first software development opportunity at Policy Management Systems Corporation as an entry level programmer developing a client/server insurance application for OS/2 and Presentation Manager. Through the years, he added C++, Unix, Java, ASP, ASP.NET, C#, HTML, DHTML, and XML to his skill set, while developing applications for SCT, DocuCorp, IBM, and the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, CheckFree, NCR, EDS, Delta Technology, Radiant Systems, and the Genuine Parts Company. Joe enjoys the creative aspects of user interface design, and he appreciates the discipline necessary for server-side development. But, given his druthers, his favorite development pastime is debugging code. Joe can be found working for the Genuine Parts Company the parent company of NAPA in the Automotive Parts Group Information Systems department, where he works on his baby, the storefront web site. This site for NAPA provides the stores a view into their accounts and data on a network of AS/400s.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
So first, don't get pulled in to any alpha programs with Apress. They did finally send a link to me and I have been reading it repeatedly over the last week. The book refers to his blog which is a joke but I wasn't buying a blog.
Now to the book. It completely explains linq using vb using examples and that's what I wanted. The syntax for all the different query operators is hard to find and if shows them all. Overloads and all.
It covers all the flavors of linq and not like a red headed step child like the other linq books. So if you write in VB I think this is one of the few books you would really want to have. Organization is great, the examples are not so trivial as to be worthless or so complex as to be confusing. Explanations and suggestions for use are straightforward. My weakest area was linq to xml and that chapter personally helped me out the most.
My one suggestion to all authors is have more examples that all show complex objects that are more than doubles and strings. All you need to do is have two property objects so the syntax is plain on using the examples in more real world coding. This author uses a list of presidents for a lot of the examples. How much better would the examples have been with a name and their birthday as the example objects being queried.
So the lack of support marred an otherwise good experience. But I could not be happier with the book.
The thing that struck me most when I opened this book was that the very first page of text (technically page 3 in my paperback) was code. There are few programming tomes that literally start off and end with code, and this one was worth every penny!
This book is definitely a great reference manual for advanced VB programmers, but it should also serve as an excellent tutorial / self-learning resource for intermediate VB programmers looking to learn more about LINQ as well.
I would give this one a 4 out of 5.
It's a very narrow comparison, but apt: this book covers all the LINQ topics and provides intelligent examples you can work with.
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