SQL Server Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing Microsoft SQL Server and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • D

    data preprocessing

    Data preprocessing describes any type of processing performed on raw data to prepare it for another processing procedure.

  • data structure

    A data structure is a specialized format for organizing, processing, retrieving and storing data.

  • database (DB)

    A database is a collection of information that is organized so that it can be easily accessed, managed and updated.

  • database administrator (DBA)

    A database administrator (DBA) is the information technician responsible for directing or performing all activities related to maintaining a successful database environment.

  • database management system (DBMS)

    A database management system (DBMS) is system software for creating and managing databases.

  • database normalization

    Database normalization is intrinsic to most relational database schemes. It is a process that organizes data into tables so that results are always unambiguous.

  • Database: Glossary

    This is a glossary of database-related terms.

  • DDBMS (distributed database management system)

    A DDBMS (distributed database management system) is a centralized application that manages a distributed database as if it were all stored on the same computer.

  • drilldown

    As currently used in information technology, to drill down (verb) is to focus in on something.

  • DSTP (Data Space Transfer Protocol)

    DSTP (Data Space Transfer Protocol) is a protocol that is used to index and retrieve data from a number of databases, files, and other data structures using a key that can find all the related data about a particular object across all of the data.

  • E

    ECMAScript (European Computer Manufacturers Association Script)

    ECMAScript is a standard script language, developed with the cooperation of Netscape and Microsoft and mainly derived from Netscape's JavaScript, the widely-used scripting language that is used in Web pages to affect how they look or behave for the user.

  • EDM (Electronic Document Management)

    EDM (Electronic Document Management) is the management of different kinds of documents in an enterprise using computer programs and storage.

  • entity-relationship model (ERM or ER model)

    The entity-relationship model (or ER model) is a way of graphically representing the logical relationships of entities (or objects) in order to create a database.

  • F

    Fast Guide: SQL Server 2000 commands

    Here are ten commands you need to know!

  • fetch

    In computer technology, fetch has several meanings related to getting, reading, or moving data objects.

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