Getting Started with LINQ in Visual Basic

This section contains overviews, examples, and background information that will help you understand and use Visual Basic and Language-Integrated Query (LINQ).

In This Section

Writing Your First LINQ Query
Describes the three stages in writing a basic LINQ query: obtaining the data source, writing the query, and executing the query.

Basic Query Operations (Visual Basic)
Describes the most common types of query operations and how they are expressed in Visual Basic.

Visual Basic Features That Support LINQ
Describes the Visual Basic language features that support LINQ, such as anonymous types and type inference.

Type Relationships in Query Operations (Visual Basic)
Describes how data types are preserved or transformed when queries are written and executed.

Walkthrough: Writing Queries in Visual Basic
Step-by-step instructions for creating a Visual Basic LINQ project, adding a simple data source, and performing some basic query operations.

Introduction to LINQ in Visual Basic
Includes an overview of queries in LINQ and provides links to additional resources.

Overview of LINQ to XML in Visual Basic
Describes how Visual Basic supports LINQ to XML.

LINQ to DataSet Overview
Provides a conceptual overview of LINQ to DataSet.

Explains the LINQ to SQL technology and provides links to topics that help you use LINQ to SQL.

Visual Studio IDE and Tools Support for LINQ (Visual Basic)
Describes tools that are available in the Visual Studio environment for designing, coding, and debugging LINQ-enabled applications.

LINQ to Objects (Visual Basic)
Includes a selection of How-to topics for using LINQ with in-memory collections.

LINQ to XML (Visual Basic)
Includes links to topics that explain how to use LINQ to XML, which provides the in-memory document modification capabilities of the Document Object Model (DOM), and supports LINQ query expressions.

Language-Integrated Query (LINQ) (Visual Basic)
Provides links to topics that explain the LINQ technologies.

Getting Started with LINQ in C#
Provides links to topics about using LINQ in C#.