It's always easier to learn theory when it's directly related to something tangible—especially a detailed, real-world example you can use. But there are a few essential database terms I want you to know right away, so let me introduce them using a make-believe example.
A table is a grid of rows and columns. Often there are gridlines to distinguish the columns and rows, but the lines themselves merely provide visual clarity. Table 1.1 is a table of contact information for the members of the Hoops Club of Littletown, Georgia, which each Sunday gets together to watch an NBA game on TV.
|Last Name||First Name||Address||Phone|
|Michaelson||Helen||659 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Ave.||555-6548|
|Harrelson||George||42 Karl Malone ...|