LINQ to SQL cheat sheet  

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A few short words to say I’ve put together a cheat sheet for LINQ to SQL with one page for C# and another for VB.NET.

It shows the syntax for a number of common query operations, manipulations and attributes and can be a very useful quick reference :)

Download LINQ to SQL cheat sheet (PDF) (76 KB)


15 responses  

  1. This is excellent, thanks!

    Jeff HandleyAugust 13th, 2009
  2. Thanks for the sheet, I can see this being very helpful. It’s also quite nice that you split the C# & VB into separate pages.

    JoelAugust 13th, 2009
  3. @Harry I just enabled it for Google Reader, which one are you using?

    @Everyone Else: Thanks for the compliments guys. I’ve never been so retweeted.

    Damien GuardAugust 13th, 2009
  4. Very neat. I think you should put a link to the cheat sheet as a pegged topic in the msdn linq forums…

    KristoferAAugust 13th, 2009
  5. Nice job, Damien! Your efforts are appreciated!

    Peter BrombergAugust 13th, 2009
  6. First of all a nice job, if you’re intrested we designed a poster for linq see (site is in dutch) but google translate shoot help you there

    marcobdvAugust 14th, 2009
  7. On your VB sheet, you should consider using the VB’s additional support of query operators Distinct, Skip, Take, Aggregate, Sum, Count, Etc. For example the Paging and Ordering example could be re-written in VB as:

    Dim page3 = From c In db.Customers _
      Order By c.ContactName, c.City Descending _
      Distinct _
      Skip 10 _
      Take 5

    Also, notice the Select is optional in VB if you project the entire object. When using a simple projection, you don’t need the object initializer syntax either. If you just wanted to project the ContactName and City in the above example, you could do the following:

    Dim page3 = From c In db.Customers _
      Order By c.ContactName, c.City Descending _
      Select Name = c.ContactName, c.City _
      Distinct _
      Skip 10 _
      Take 5

    VB takes away a number of the method syntax hurdles that C# requires.

    Jim WooleyAugust 14th, 2009
  8. Thanks Jim, I’ll update the sheet over the weekend with your changes.

    I have written a fair amount of code in VB.Net but I have to admit it was all prior to .NET 3.5.

    Damien GuardAugust 14th, 2009
  9. Excellent and thanks! But one word though:


    The boxes are cramped horizontally, maybe Landscape would allow for formatted code(?). Yes I know, everyone is a critic.

    William WegersonAugust 14th, 2009
  10. Damien,

    Thank you for the cheat sheet! I made a similar one for LINQ Standard Query Operators

    Hope this helps anyone,

    Milan NegovanAugust 23rd, 2009
  11. Thanks for the cheat sheet. It is just the one I was looking for.

    KALYAN – August 27th, 2009
  12. You just managed to teach me LINQ to SQL in one A4 page.
    Thanks alot!

    sshow – September 3rd, 2009
  13. Thanks Damien. I’m just starting a project that I wanted to use LINQ with, and this will help me a lot!

    SoCalSam – November 18th, 2009
  14. Thanks a LOT. I’m doing a project and having to learn this stuff on the fly. This helps!

    ARLibertarian – March 6th, 2010
  15. Thanks, its really shortest way to implement query using LINQ.

    Arvind Singh – December 25th, 2011

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