If you think LINQ is amazing now, wait until you see what you can do with additional providers and a few new techniques. LINQ can work with just about any data type there is, including a few that you may not have heard about before.
Chapter 10 shows you how to access Office 2007 files using LINQ. It's astonishing to discover that you can access any part of the document, manipulate it, and save it back. The user sees the changes, but only you know how they were made.
Chapter 11 adds to your LINQ to SQL knowledge by showing you a few new techniques. Even though you can use these techniques only with SQL Server, you'll find that LINQ greatly increases the flexibility of your applications.
Chapter 12 helps you use a third-party provider to access Active Directory. Yes, LINQ even helps you bring the vast Active Directory database under control. Chapter 13 expands on the third-party provider theme by showing you how to work directly with COM+ applications, RDF files, and MySQL.
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