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Chapter 17. LINQ Everywhere

This chapter points to the future, to the ways in which LINQ will be used in the coming years. The primary goal is to give you an overview of several alternative LINQ providers not covered in the previous chapters. You’ve read about LINQ to Objects, LINQ to SQL, and LINQ to XML. These technologies shipped with Visual Studio 2008 and C# 3.0, but they are only a portion of the larger, still-emerging LINQ story.

The providers covered in this chapter are examples of what LINQ will become in future years. LINQ is not just about the existing providers we have studied in this book. It is about the potential to create providers for many other data sources.

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