VSTO & .NET & Excel

September 29, 2008

Learning LINQ

Filed under: .NET & Excel, COM Add-ins, SQL Server, Tools, VSTO & Excel — Dennis M Wallentin @ 12:27 am

At present my time table does not permit me to explore new things so I have postponed delving into some areas to the next year.

However, in some cases I have made some research to get access to interesting sources and tools which I hope will help me out. LINQ is one area that is of high interest which may replace SQL within the foreseeable future. VS 2008 is the first development suite that includes LINQ.

The Book
I prefer books that target one specific area and the book LINQ in Action seems to fit in well. Actually, the book has its own site and it is also available as a PDF ebook. For more information please see LINQ in Action

The Tool
The tool LINQPAD seems to be very useful to learn and manage LINQ. It may also be more promising as it also is available for free. You can visit its homepage at the following URL: LINQPAD

The developer of this tool, Joseph Albahari, is also one of two authors of the book C# 3.0 in a Nutshell which is highly recommended if we want to learn C# together with another book, Programming C# 3.0.

Please feel free to comment available sources about LINQ as well as tools for learning how to use it.

Kind regards,



  1. Dennis,
    You should check out Charlie Calvert’s blog, which is a great resource on LINQ. I believe part of his job description is to help the community adopt LINQ, and he has lots of helpful examples and articles:

    Comment by Mathias — September 29, 2008 @ 6:05 pm

  2. Thanks Mathias – Highly appreciated. I have added his blog to the group of links to Developer sites here.

    Kind regards,

    Comment by Dennis Wallentin — September 29, 2008 @ 6:20 pm

  3. Hey Dennis,

    Like you, I find the prospect of LINQ very exciting. Thanks for the link to the free tool.

    Trust your good ladies are all well.

    Best wishes,


    Comment by Will Riley — October 14, 2008 @ 12:01 am

  4. Will,

    Thanks for stoping by. Yes, LINQ is indeed very interesting.

    All good in my part of the world and I hope it’s the same for You.

    Take care,

    Comment by Dennis Wallentin — October 14, 2008 @ 3:38 pm

  5. yes i too agree that the possibility of LINQ replacing SQL cannot be neglected. but more research has to be made on LINQ.

    Comment by Joylynford — February 5, 2009 @ 8:34 am

    • Learning is one thing and using a total different thing. I agree that we should be reserved to apply new technologies. The general experience is that it take one or two new versions before they can be used in production.

      Kind regards,

      Comment by Dennis Wallentin — February 5, 2009 @ 1:37 pm

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