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Advantages of SQL

The DBMS we use in this book is SQL, the Structured Query Language (the acronym may be pronounced either “sequel” or “ess-queue-ell”; both sides are bitterly adamant about their pronunciation, and whichever way you say “SQL,” someone will correct your pronunciation). The version of SQL that we use is MySQL, and its creators specifically ask that it be pronounced “my-ess-queue-ell.”

SQL is an easy language to learn. The queries seem like English, albeit broken English. Most commands are obvious, such as select, group by, and where. The next chapter explores this syntax. The popularity of SQL ensures that our investment in learning it will not be wasted and that plenty of resources are available to support our efforts.


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