How to use LINQ to Objects queries


This article describes an All-In-One Code Framework sample that is available for download. This code sample demonstrates how to write LINQ to Objects query including some basic LINQ operations such as SELECT, UPDATE, ORDER BY, MAX and AVERAGE by using Visual C# and Visual Basic .NET. 

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Technical overview

The term "LINQ to Objects" refers to the use of LINQ query with any IEnumerable or IEnumerable(T) collection directly, without to use an intermediate LINQ provider or API such as LINQ to SQL or LINQ to XML. You can use LINQ to query any enumerable collections such as List (T), Array, or Dictionary(TKey, TValue). The collection may be user-defined or returned by a .NET Framework API.

In a basic sense, LINQ to Objects query represents a new approach to collections. In the old way, you had to write complex foreach loop that specified how to retrieve data from a collection. In the LINQ approach, you write declarative code that describes what you want to retrieve.

In addition, LINQ query has three main advantages compare to the traditional foreach loop:
  1. LINQ query is more concise and readable, especially when filtering multiple conditions.
  2. LINQ query provides powerful filtering, ordering, and grouping capabilities with minimum lines of application code.
  3. LINQ query can be ported to other data sources with little or no modification.
Generally, the more complex operations that you want to perform on the data, the more benefit you will notice by using LINQ query instead of traditional iteration techniques.

Note For more information about how to create the sample application and how to deploy the sample application, see the Readme.txt file that is included in the download package.

Technology category

  • LINQ


This code sample contains the following programming languages:

LanguageProject Name
Visual C#CSLinqToObject
Visual Basic.NETVBLinqToObject


  • This sample application was created by using Visual Studio 2008 with Service Pack 1 installed.


  • LINQ to Objects

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Id. de artículo: 2278185 - Última revisión: 12-08-2010 - Revisión: 1