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Inside Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005, Fourth Edition by Kalen Delaney

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Chapter 6. Tables

In this chapter, we’ll look at some in-depth implementation examples. But we’ll start with a basic introduction to tables. Simply put, a table is a collection of data about a specific entity (person, place, or thing) that has a discrete number of named attributes (for example, quantity or type). Tables are at the heart of Microsoft SQL Server and the relational model in general. In SQL Server, a table is often referred to as a base table to emphasize where data is stored. Calling it a base table also distinguishes the table from a view–a virtual table that’s an internal query referencing one or ...

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