Microsoft (Quote, Chart) has released the first Community Technology Preview (CTP), its fancy term for a beta, of LINQ, a modification to Microsoft's programming languages that allows for direct calls to data sources from within the language, rather than intermediary technologies.
LINQ stands for Language INtegrated Query. It allows for query and set operations, like SQL statements, directly within .NET languages like C# and Visual Basic. This is a fundamental shift in data querying, particularly for Visual Basic, because the standard method for data calls is to use an intermediary object, and that was often in a second language, like SQL or XML.
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