Chapter 1 An Introduction to SQL

Almost every web site nowadays, it seems, uses a database. Your objective, as a web developer, is to be able to design or build web sites that use a database. To do this, you must acquire an understanding of and the ability to use Structured Query Language (SQL), the language used to communicate with databases.

We'll start by introducing the SQL language and the major SQL statements that you’ll encounter as a web developer.

SQL Statement Overview

In the past, SQL has been criticized for having an inappropriate name. Structured Query Language lacks a proper structure, does more than just queries, and only barely qualifies as a programming language. You might think it fair criticism then, but let me ...

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