Working with Language Integrated Query (LINQ)
What You Will Learn in this Chapter
- Understanding query expressions
- Understanding method-based LINQ queries
- Utilizing LINQ to XML
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Language Integrated Query (LINQ) is a language feature in the .NET Framework that enables you to use common syntax to query data in a collection, an XML document, a database, or any type that supports the IEnumerable<T> or IQueryable<T> interface. Prior to LINQ, a developer needed to learn different syntax depending on the source of the data. If the source were a database, you needed to learn SQL. If the source were an XML document, you needed to learn XQuery. If the source were an array or a collection, you would write a looping structure, such as a foreach loop, that would enumerate through the items in the collection and filter them appropriately. LINQ enables you to use common syntax regardless of what the source is.
In this chapter, you learn two different styles of syntax for LINQ. Query expressions are the first style, and method-based queries are the second. They are functionally equivalent, which can sometimes be confusing when you first learn LINQ because you can write the code two different ways and it does the exact ...