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6.1. 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, we 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 we 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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