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Looking at relational databases and SQL
Installing SQL Server 2014
SQL Server 2014 is the latest and greatest version of the most common database server used on Microsoft networks.
This chapter introduces you to the basics of installing and running SQL Server 2014. It begins with a basic introduction to relational databases and SQL. Then it shows you how to manage a SQL Server database by using SQL Server 2014 Management Studio.
Note: The information in this chapter applies to previous versions of SQL Server as well.
A database is simply an organized collection of information. Here are some examples of databases from everyday life:
You can think of each of these databases as a collection of records. In database lingo, a record consists of all the useful information that you can gather about a particular thing. In your address book, each record represents ...