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In .NET Framework 3.5 we released several LINQ providers, including LINQ to SQL which set the bar for a great programming model with LINQ over relational databases.

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To set the bar means to set a standard. The example you gave means that LINQ to SQL sets the standard for good programming models. In more detail, it means that LINQ to SQL is an example of a good programming model, and that other programming models should be as good as or better than LINQ to SQL.

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