The language that ODBC uses to request that the database engine perform some task is called SQL (pronounced SEE-kwel), an acronym for structured query language. SQL was designed by IBM and later standardized as a formal database query language. This is the language that ODBC uses to interact with a database. A full discussion on SQL is beyond the scope of this book, but this chapter covers the general concepts that most people use. More detailed information on the SQL language can be found online. Here are a few good places to start:

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