If you've been reading my rants, raves or tips and tricks on this blog and want to meet up in person and let me know how far gone I really am, October will present a few opportunities to do so. October 11, I'll be at Tallahassee Code Camp. I'm staying the weekend so if you're planning to attend any of the after hour events I'll see you there! October 16, I'll be presenting at the Orlando .NET User's Group on Team Foundation Server 2008. This presentation will mostly focus on a feature walk-through as well as the awesome PM and guidance capabilities of TFS 2008! October 21, I'll be co-presenting with Nikita Polyakov at the Agile Tampa Group on Continuous Integration with Team Foundation Server 2008. October 25, I'll be speaking at Orlando SQL Saturday on LINQ to SQL. I did this presentation at Orlando Code Camp 2008 in March and it was an incredible hit. If you missed the show then, there's lots of great speakers at the SQL Saturday event! October 27-30, I'll be attending Microsoft PDC. If you're attending and want to meet up, let me know!Looks like it'll be a busy month -- how exciting! Technorati Tags: Community Events,TFS,LINQ
Tired of manually using the web service to execute queries on custom CRM entities? Wish you could write queries with complex joins, select, where, grouping and ordering clauses without having to go to your FetchXML reference?
I've been a LINQ evangalist for a while, mostly because it provides a consistent query expression syntax for just about anything you can imagine, now including Dynamics CRM 4.0 entities :)
Curious about some other things you cna query using LINQ? Here's a short (and incomplete) list:
SQL Server databases, which was a bit obvious (LINQ to SQL)
XML documents (LINQ to XML)
The Amazon.com storefront (LINQ to Amazon)
SharePoint lists (LINQ to SharePoint) -- no more CAML queries!
Flickr.com web services (LINQ to Flickr)
Any web service you can imagine (LINQ to Web Services)
ADO.Net DataSets (LINQ to DataSets)
Active Directory stores (no more LDAP queries)
Anything that implements IEnumerable
Anything else really, through the creation of your own provider that implements IQueryable.
Want a complete list? No problem, here's one.
Technorati Tags: Dynamics CRM,LINQ,LINQ Provider