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Foreword xxi Acknowledgments xxv About the Authors xxix Chapter 1 Introduction 1 Chapter 2 Getting Started 13 Chapter 3 The Essence of LINQ 39 Chapter 4 C# 3.0 Technical Overview 65 Chapter 5 Writing Query Expressions 129 Chapter 6 Query Operators 175 Chapter 7 A Quick Tour of LINQ to SQL 231 Chapter 8 Reading Objects with LINQ to SQL 247 Chapter 9 Modifying Objects with LINQ to SQL 281 Chapter 10 Using Stored Procedures and Database Functions with LINQ to SQL 319 Chapter 11 Customizing Entity Persistence and Adding Business Logic 337 Chapter 12 LINQ to Entities Overview 349 Chapter 13 LINQ to XML: Creation 369 Chapter 14 Querying and Editing XML 387 Chapter 15 XML Namespaces, Transforms, and Schema Validation 423 Chapter 16 Introduction to LINQ Patterns and Practices 465 Chapter 17 LINQ Everywhere 487 Chapter 18 Conclusion 515 Appendix A Tips for Developers 519 Index 547
Charlie Calvert, Community Program Manager for the Microsoft C# team, currently focuses his technical energies on LINQ. He has periodically worked with LINQ Chief Architect Anders Hejlsberg both during the development of Delphi and during the development of LINQ. Calvert's ten technical books have sold more than 100,000 copies. They include Delphi 4 Unleashed, C++Builder 3 Unleashed, Delphi 2 Unleashed, Teach Yourself Windows 95 Programming in 21 Days, and Teach Yourself Windows Programming. Dinesh Kulkarni is a Senior Program Manager on Microsoft's .NET Framework team. He was the Program Manager in charge of LINQ to SQL. He was deeply involved in LINQ's planning and implementation from the incubation stage and was lead author for MSDN's authoritative LINQ to SQL paper. Before joining Microsoft, he worked in diverse technical roles ranging from architecting and implementing front-end CASE tools for IBM to designing databases and middleware for a Wall Street hedge fund.