5 DML Insights

At some point you have to decide whether you’re going to be a politician or an engineer. You cannot be both. To be a politician is to champion perception over reality. To be an engineer is to make perception subservient to reality. They are opposites. You can’t do both simultaneously.—H. W. Kenton

As I said in the previous chapter, the goal of this book is not to rehash SQL Server’s online documentation. Instead, I assume you’ll refer frequently to the Books Online (BOL), as do most people who work regularly with the product.

With this in mind, this chapter doesn’t attempt to cover Transact-SQL DML (Data Manipulation Language) commands exhaustively. Instead, the goal here is to get beyond the obvious and provide DML tips, ...

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