LINQPad is a powerful Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that can be used to interactively manipulate LINQ and Lambda Expressions. It’s not just for Language Integrated Query (LINQ) queries, but also allows you to manipulate any C#/F#/VB expression. LINQPad lets you interactively query databases in a modern query language. The workings of this tool are similar to Visual Studio even though the application is much simpler and more focused on LINQ expression. It is a rich debugger, output formatting, instant feedback, auto-completion, and dynamic development.
The installation process does not take very long and does not bundle any kind of unpleasant surprises, while the interface you come across is quite well-organized. It is comprised of a menu bar and several panes, which enable you to view connections made, queries, samples, and selected information. In addition to that, it encloses well-drawn Help contents, as well as quite an impressive collection of samples, so that both power and novice users can easily learn how to handle the program and learn how to work with F#, C3, and LINQ.
LINQPad Premium supports all the LINQ APIs in the .NET Framework and works well in the latest version (.NET Framework 5), including LINQ to SQL, PLINQ, LINQ to XML, and Entity Framework. This program is very similar to SQL Server Management Studio but devoted to LINQ queries, it allows you to interact directly with the database using LINQ queries. It comes with an essential tool for writing and performance tuning Entity Framework queries including interactively executing LINQ queries with full auto-completion, new ability to switch between entity framework and LINQ to SQL data contexts, full SQL translation for every entity framework query, and many more.
LINQPad Premium Key Features:
Assembly references, and .NET Framework
Custom visualizers, extensions, and source
Advanced auto completion with list filtering
Integrated debugger, breakpoints and single-stepping
Cross-database querying for SQL Server
Edit SQL data in grids and save changes to the database
LINQ queries for C#/VB/F# expressions
Auto translation to SQL, lambda, and IL
Quick-info, code-outlining, and auto-formatting
Smart tags for importing namespaces and references
Results to rich text or data grids, and much more.