LOS ANGELES -- Amid the flood of details about Windows Vista, Office 12, Sparkle and Longhorn Server made at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference this week, one small announcement could have a huge impact on developers.
Jim Allchin, president of Microsoft's platform group, introduced Language Integrated Query, or LINQ, a sort of Rosetta Stone for data.
The extension to Visual Studio will let developers write queries to databases and XML data from within Visual Studio. LINQ allows developers to treat .NET objects, XML and relational data in the same way, from inside Visual Studio.
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