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Chapter 44. Basic SQL > Database Basics

Database Basics

The term “database” is used in many different ways, but for our purposes (and indeed, from SQL's perspective), a database is a collection of data stored in some organized fashion.

Databases contain tables, and data itself is stored in tables (not in databases). A table is a structured container that can store data of a specific type. A table might contain a list of customers, a product catalog, or any other list of information.


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