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