ADO.NET versus LINQ

Is LINQ a subset of ADO.NET?
Lawrence AverySystem DeveloperAsked:
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Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger)Connect With a Mentor PresidentCommented:
Definitively... if my expertise was good in both.

LINQ hides ADO.NET from you, so knowing only LINQ (where you see nothing of Command, DateReader, DataAdapter, DataView, DataRelation, DataTable and DataSet objects) does not enable you to honestly put ADO.NET on your resume.
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Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger)PresidentCommented:
Yes, LINQ uses ADO.NET under the hood.

Also, although it is still supported, LINQ is a technology that has been mostly replaced by Data Entities, that also uses ADO.NET under the hood. And before that, they had Typed DataSets and Table Adapters. Through these 4 RAD technologies, ADO.NET has evolved, but does not require you to learn a new way of working every 2 to 4 years.

Clean ADO.NET requires more code than both technologies, but is easier to maintain over many years, in part because after a few years you end up mastering it, while with the RAD technologies, as soon as you start getting a good grasp of it, they come out with something to replace it.
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Lawrence AverySystem DeveloperAuthor Commented:
So if you were writing your Resume, you would list the technologies LINQ and ADO.NET separately?
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