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Getting Started

If you are reading this book, you probably know about T-SQL. T-SQL, also known as Transact-SQL, is Microsoft’s implementation of the Structured Query Language (SQL) for SQL Server. T-SQL is the language that is most often used to extract or modify data stored in a SQL Server database, regardless of which application or tool you use. SQL Server 2012 T-SQL is based on standards created by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), but Microsoft has added several functionality enhancements. You will find that T-SQL is a very versatile and powerful programming language.

T-SQL consists of Data Definition Language (DDL) and Data Manipulation Language (DML) statements. This book focuses primarily on the DML statements, ...

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