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Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Unleashed, Third Edition by Mike Snell, Lars Powers

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Access and Query Data Using the .NET Languages

Visual Studio 2008 introduced the language feature set called LINQ. LINQ is a programming model that takes advantage of many of the features discussed in this section. It provides language extensions that change the way you access and work with data. With it, you can work with your data using object syntax and query collections of objects using Visual Basic and C#.

You can use LINQ to map between data tables and objects. (See Chapter 13, “Working with Databases.”) In this way, you get an easier, more productive way to work with your data. This includes full IntelliSense support based on table and column names. It also includes support for managing inserts, updates, deletes, and reads.

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