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    Help - I'm a beginner...

    Sorry for sounding so ignorant...

    I recently heard someone use the term "see-qwal." They were referring to it like it was some sort of database. Is that the same thing as SQL? Is that a database, a type of server, or a programming language. I'd appreciate it if someone could give me the basics or tell me where to look.

    Thank you!!

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    Yup "sequel" is how SQL is often pronounced. SQL is a query language that allows you to query (send commands, questions) relational databases.

    You can go r937's site (http://r937.com/links.cfm?links=sql) for lots of links to introductory articles.

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    thanks for the kind words, joel

    > Is [SQL] a database, a type of server, or a programming language.

    yes, yes, and yes

    see also How to pronounce SQL
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    SQL is a database, a type of server? Why do you say that? (Honest question, bowing to your years of expertise )

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    SQL = the (standard) Structured Query Language

    SQL = microsoft sql server = database system

    SQL = microsoft sql server = .NET application server (although i must honestly say i don't know anything about this)

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    I didn't know that.

    Microsoft actually calls SQL Server "SQL"? Woah.

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    actually, i think they are carful to use the full name at all times

    it's other people who use "sql" indiscriminately to refer to the microsoft database

    not me, of course...
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    THANK YOU to everyone for their replies! That article about "How to Pronounce SQL" proves that I am not the only newbie with such questions...I feel much better!


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