What Is a Transaction?
A transaction is a single operation or set of operations that succeed or fail together as a whole, thereby ensuring consistency of data should unforeseen circumstances arise. A classic scenario is the typical financial transaction. For example, let’s say you buy a car. The single transaction of buying a car consists of three distinct operations:
You select a car.
You pay for it.
You drive the car off the lot.
Skipping any of these steps could cause major angst to one or more of the parties involved. This is a simple example of a set of steps that must always occur together in a consistent manner.
Transactions allow you to ensure consistency in your data through four basic principles. These principles provide a set of rules that ...