What is SQL?

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The acronym SQL stands for Structured Query Language. Some people claim that this is a bad name, because

  • SQL isn't (properly) structured
  • it's more than just queries (e.g. insert, update, delete)
  • it isn't a real computing language (can't remember why)

In any case, SQL is a database query language that was adopted as an industry standard in 1986. It has undergone two important revisions, SQL2 (also called SQL-92), and SQL3 (also called SQL-99).

Please refer to the Search400.com SQL page, which contains links to other resources for SQL.

This was first published in February 2002

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