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One of the most ubiquitous elements of modern computing is the relational database. Very few modern applications are created with-out some sort of database back-end. Unfortunately, relational database concepts are fundamentally very different from those used in general-purpose programming languages. This creates an impedance mismatch between the the application and the database layers. One solution to this problem which has been gaining traction in the .NET family of languages is Language-INtegrated Queries (LINQ). That is, the embedding of database queries within application code in a way that is statically checked and type safe. Unfortunately, certain language changes or core design elements were necessary to make this embedding possible.
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