Chapter 13. Beyond the SELECT

Kerry Osborne

This chapter is a collection of topics involving SQL statements that are not straight SELECTs. These statements are often referred to as Data Manipulation Language (or DML) statements. My intention is to provide some information on some of the less well known options to the standard DML commands, namely INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, and MERGE. The chapter will also focus on alternate approaches with an eye towards improving performance.


INSERT is the primary command used in the SQL language to load data. If you are reading this book, you probably already have a pretty good handle on the INSERT command. In this section, I'll talk about some of the less often used options, some of which I rarely, if ever, ...

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