Here are a few good links to Orcas material (some old and some new). There is a lot of good and bad material out there with LINQ. These are some of the better ones that I have found. Feel free to comment about any other good LINQ / Data Access related links.
· The best way to run LINQ with the most features using the current CTP’s remains to be to
o create a VPC image
o install the May 2006 LINQ CTP,
· Here is a great book on using LINQ and the C# 3.0 features by Fabio Claudio Ferracchiati titled LINQ for Visual C# 2005. The material is slightly dated as it was written with early previews, but its still a great read.
· Here is Ferracchiati’s VB version of that same book.
C# 3.0 Features
· Anders Hejlsberg has a great video on how C# 3.0 is evolving. This discussed many of the C# 3.0 features that are the underpinnings of what makes LINQ tick. (posted mid 2006)
· Sahil Malik has some great posts on C# 3.0. I recommend getting familiar with the C# 3.0 features before jumping into any of the Orcas /ADO.NET vNext data access features.
Next Generation Data Ac cess & LINQ Basics
· A good place to start with LINQ is the Next Generation Data Access article. This explains some of the ideas behind ADO.NET vNext. (posted mid 2006)
· In the MSDN Forums, Dinesh hints that the March 2007 Orcas CTP is planned to LINQ features on par with the May 2006 LINQ bits. There have been rumors of the next CTP being February 2007 or March 2007.
· Here is a nice post that compares and contrasts LINQ to Entites and LINQ to SQL.
· Scott Guthrie has been posting some great slide decks on LINQ, ADO.NET vNext, and Orcas in general at his blog.
· The ADO.NET Team blog shows some good information on:
· Sahil Malik has some great posts on Demystifying DLINQ: