Working with Datasets
A dataset is a collection of rows and columns of data. Each column is of some homogeneous data type, and each row is made up of a collection of data of each column data type. Additionally, a column is also known as a field, and a row is sometimes called a record. VCL encapsulates a dataset into an abstract component called TDataSet. TDataSet introduces many of the properties and methods necessary for manipulating and navigating a dataset and serves as the component from which special types of different datasets descend.
To help keep the nomenclature clear and to cover some of the basics, the following list explains some of the common database terms that are used in this and other database-oriented chapters:
A dataset is ...