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Chapter 23. Working with Structured Quer... > Understanding Structured Query Langu...

Understanding Structured Query Language

Structured Query Language, abbreviated SQL (usually pronounced "sequel" or "seekel," but more properly "ess-cue-ell"), is the common language of client/server database management. The principal advantage of SQL is that it's standardized—you can use a common set of SQL statements with all SQL-compliant database management systems. The first U.S. SQL standard was established in 1986 as ANSI X3.135-1986. The current version is ANSI X3.135-1992, usually known as SQL-92.

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ANSI, an acronym for the American National Standards Institute, is an organization devoted to establishing and maintaining scientific and engineering standards. ANSI-standard SQL was first adopted as a worldwide standard in 1987 by the International Standards Organization (ISO), a branch of the United Nations. Microsoft states that Jet SQL "generally is ANSI SQL-89 Level 1-compliant."



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