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6. Access Structured Query Language (SQL) > 6.1. Introduction to Access SQL

Introduction to Access SQL

As we have said, Microsoft Access uses a form of query language referred to as Structured Query Language, or SQL. (I prefer to pronounce SQL by saying each letter separately, rather than saying “sequel.” Accordingly, I will write “an SQL statement” rather than “a SQL statement.”)

SQL is the most common database query language in use today. It is actually more than just a query language, as I have defined the term in the previous chapter. It is a complete database management system (DBMS) language, in that it has the capability not only to manipulate the components of a database, but also to create them in the first place. In particular, SQL has the following components:


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