Beyond the SELECT
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. In this chapter, I provide some information on some of the less well-known options to the standard DML commands—namely, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, and MERGE. I also focus on alternate approaches, with an eye toward 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 talk ...