LINQPad supports everything in C# 4.0 and Framework 4.0:
- LINQ to Objects
- LINQ to SQL and Entity Framework
- LINQ to XML
- Parallel LINQ
And that’s not all – you can also query:
- OData / WCF Data Services – including StackOverflow, and Windows DataMarket
- SQL Azure, Oracle, SQLite and MySQL
- Microsoft StreamInsight
- Microsoft Dynamics CRM
- Mindscape LightSpeed ORM
- (Even old-fashioned SQL!)
LINQPad is also a great way to learn LINQ: it comes loaded with 500 examples from the book, C# 4.0 in a Nutshell. There’s no better way to experience the coolness of LINQ and functional programming.
And LINQPad is more than a LINQ tool: it’s an ergonomic C#/VB/F# scratchpad that instantly executes any expression, statement block or program with rich output formatting – the ultimate in dynamic development. Put an end to those hundreds of Visual Studio Console projects cluttering your source folder!
Best of all, LINQPad standard edition is free and can run without installation (or with a low-impact setup). The executable is 3MB and is self-updating.
LINQPad requires .NET Framework 4.0 (or Framework 3.5 for LINQPad 2.x).
LINQPad supports SQL Express, SQL 2008, SQL 2005, SQL 2000, SQLite, MySQL and Oracle.