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SQL: Visual QuickStart Guide by Chris Fehily

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Chapter 1. DBMS Specifics

You’ll need a database management system to run SQL programs. You may have your own private copy of a DBMS running on your desktop computer, or you may have access to one over a network. In the latter case, you’ll be using your desktop computer to connect to a DBMS server running on another machine. The computer where the server is running is called a host.

As this book is about SQL and not DBMSes, I won’t rehash the instructions for installing and configuring database software. This evasion may seem like a brush-off at first glance, but setting up a DBMS varies greatly by vendor, product, version, and operating system. All DBMSes come with extensive installation, administration, reference, and tutorial documentation. ...

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