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- This book gets you started with LINQ and shows how it will make your programming life easier by making use of new features from the .NET Framework 3.0. Language Integrated Query (LINQ) is a new feature in Visual Studio 2008 that extends its query capabilities, using C# and Visual Basic. Visual Studio 2008 comes with LINQ provider assemblies that enable the use of LINQ with data sources such as in-memory collections, SQL relational databases, ADO.NET Datasets, XML documents, etc. In Visual Studio 2008, Visual C# and Visual Basic are the languages that implement the LINQ language extensions. LINQ language extensions use the new standard query operators API, which is the query language for any collection that implements IEnumerable&<T&>. This book is for .NET developers who want to find out exactly what LINQ is, what it can do for them, and how to program with LINQ.