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Introduction to SQL

Introduction to SQL

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SQL Introduction
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Introduction to SQL
SQL is a standard language for accessing and manipulating databases.
What is SQL?
SQL stands for Structured Query LanguageSQL lets you access and manipulate databasesSQL is an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standard
What Can SQL do?
SQL can execute queries against a databaseSQL can retrieve data from a databaseSQL can insert records in a databaseSQL can update records in a databaseSQL can delete records from a databaseSQL can create new databasesSQL can create new tables in a databaseSQL can create stored procedures in a databaseSQL can create views in a databaseSQL can set permissions on tables, procedures, and viewsSQL is a Standard - BUT....Although SQL is an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standard,there are many different versions of the SQL language.However, to be compliant with the ANSI standard, they all support at leastthe major commands (such as
) in a similar manner.Note: Most of the SQL database programs also have their own proprietaryextensions in addition to the SQL standard!
Using SQL in Your Web Site
 To build a web site that shows some data from a database, you will need thefollowing:An RDBMS database program (i.e. MS Access, SQL Server, MySQL)A server-side scripting language, like PHP or ASP
SQLHTML / CSSRDBMSRDBMS stands for Relational Database Management System.
RDBMS is the basis for SQL, and for all modern database systems like MSSQL Server, IBM DB2, Oracle, MySQL, and Microsoft Access. The data in RDBMS is stored in database objects called tables.A table is a collections of related data entries and it consists of columns androws.
SQL SyntaxDatabase Tables
A database most often contains one or more tables. Each table is identifiedby a name (e.g. "Customers" or "Orders"). Tables contain records (rows) withdata.Below is an example of a table called "Persons":P_IdLastNameFirstNameAddressCity1HansenOlaTimoteivn 10Sandnes2SvendsonToveBorgvn 23Sandnes3PettersenKariStorgt 20Stavanger The table above contains three records (one for each person) and fivecolumns (P_Id, LastName, FirstName, Address, and City).
SQL Statements
Most of the actions you need to perform on a database are done with SQLstatements. The following SQL statement will select all the records in the "Persons" table:SELECT * FROM PersonsKeep in Mind That...
SQL is not case sensitiveSemicolon after SQL Statements?
Some database systems require a semicolon at the end of each SQLstatement.Semicolon is the standard way to separate each SQL statement in databasesystems that allow more than one SQL statement to be executed in the samecall to the server.We are using MS Access and SQL Server 2000 and we do not have to put asemicolon after each SQL statement, but some database programs force youto use it.
SQL can be divided into two parts: The Data Manipulation Language (DML)and the Data Definition Language (DDL). The query and update commands form the DML part of SQL:
- extracts data from a database
- updates data in a database
- deletes data from a database
- inserts new data into a database The DDL part of SQL permits database tables to be created or deleted. It alsodefine indexes (keys), specify links between tables, and impose constraintsbetween tables. The most important DDL statements in SQL are:
- creates a new database
- modifies a database

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