Nice VS 2008 Code Editing Improvements
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by Scott Guthrie
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VB LINQ Intellisense

I've done several posts in the past about LINQ and LINQ to SQL.  Both VB and C# obviously have full support for LINQ and LINQ to SQL.  I think the VB team in particular has done some nice work to provide nice intellisense hints to help guide users when writing LINQ statements in the editor.

For example, assuming we have a LINQ to SQL data model like the one I built in Part 2 of my LINQ to SQL series, I could use the VB code editor to easily work with it.  Notice below how VB automatically provides a tooltip that helps guide me through writing the LINQ query syntax:

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I can then start writing my query expression and the VB intellisense will guide me through creating it:

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The above expression retrieves three column values from the database and creates a new anonymous type that I can then loop over to retrieve and work on the data:

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