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Programming Reactive Extensions and LINQ by Paul Betts, Jesse Liberty

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Why Bother?

After all is said and done, the practical programmer wants to know if the benefits of learning LINQ and Rx are worth the investment of time and effort. What do these technologies bring to the party that you can't get elsewhere?

LINQ and Rx are:

  • First-class members of .NET. This allows for full support from IntelliSense and syntax highlighting in Visual Studio and LINQPad.
  • Designed to work with all forms of data, from databases to XML to files.
  • Highly extensible. It allows you to create your own libraries in order to extend their functionality.
  • Composable. As noted, both LINQ and Rx are used to combine and compose more complex operations out of simpler building blocks.
  • Declarative. LINQ and Rx bring a bit of functional programming ...

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