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  • What Is The Difference Between Sql And Mysql Or Sql Server?

    SQL or Structured Query Language is a language; language that communicates with a relational database thus providing ways of manipulating and creating databases. MySQL and Microsoft’s SQL Server both are relational database management systems that use SQL as their standard relational database language.

  • What Is The Difference Between Sql And Pl/sql?

    PL/SQL is a dialect of SQL that adds procedural features of programming languages in SQL. It was developed by Oracle Corporation in the early 90's to enhance the capabilities of SQL.

  • What Is A Database?

    Database is nothing but an organized form of data for easy access, storing, retrieval and managing of data. This is also known as structured form of data which can be accessed in many ways.
    Example: School Management Database, Bank Management Database.

  • What Are Tables And Fields?

    A table is a set of data that are organized in a model with Columns and Rows. Columns can be categorized as vertical, and Rows are horizontal. A table has specified number of column called fields but can have any number of rows which is called record.
    Example:
    Table: Employee.
    Field: Emp ID, Emp Name, Date of Birth.
    Data: 201478, David, 11/15/1960.
    Can you sort a column using a column alias?
    Yes. A column alias could be used in the ORDER BY clause.

  • What Are The Specific Uses Of Sql Functions?

    SQL functions have the following uses :

    • Performing calculations on data
    • Modifying individual data items
    • Manipulating the output
    • Formatting dates and numbers
    • Converting data types
  • What Are The Case Manipulation Functions Of Sql?

    • LOWER
    • UPPER
    • INITCAP
  • What Are The Types Of Join And Explain Each?

    There are various types of join which can be used to retrieve data and it depends on the relationship between tables.
    Inner join:Inner join return rows when there is at least one match of rows between the tables.
    Right Join:Right join return rows which are common between the tables and all rows of Right hand side table. Simply, it returns all the rows from the right hand side table even though there are no matches in the left hand side table.
    Left Join:Left join return rows which are common between the tables and all rows of Left hand side table. Simply, it returns all the rows from Left hand side table even though there are no matches in the Right hand side table.
    Full Join:Full join return rows when there are matching rows in any one of the tables. This means, it returns all the rows from the left hand side table and all the rows from the right hand side table.

  • What Is Normalization?

    Normalization is the process of minimizing redundancy and dependency by organizing fields and table of a database. The main aim of Normalization is to add, delete or modify field that can be made in a single table.

  • What Is The Purpose Of The Nvl Function?

    The NVL function converts a NULL value to an actual value.

  • What Is The Use Of The Nullif Function?

    The NULLIF function compares two expressions. If they are equal, the function returns null. If they are not equal, the first expression is returned.

  • What Is The Difference Between Cross Joins And Natural Joins?

    The cross join produces the cross product or Cartesian product of two tables. The natural join is based on all the columns having same name and data types in both the tables.

  • What Is The Purpose Of Dml Statements In Sql?

    The DML statements are used to add new rows to a table, update or modify data in existing rows, or remove existing rows from a table.

  • What Are The Types Of Sub Query?

    There are two types of subquery – Correlated and Non-Correlated.
    A correlated subquery cannot be considered as independent query, but it can refer the column in a table listed in the FROM the list of the main query.
    A Non-Correlated sub query can be considered as independent query and the output of subquery are substituted in the main query.

  • What Is A Stored Procedure?

    Stored Procedure is a function consists of many SQL statement to access the database system. Several SQL statements are consolidated into a stored procedure and execute them whenever and wherever required.

  • What Is A Trigger?

    A DB trigger is a code or programs that automatically execute with response to some event on a table or view in a database. Mainly, trigger helps to maintain the integrity of the database.
    Example: When a new student is added to the student database, new records should be created in the related tables like Exam, Score and Attendance tables.

  • What Is The Difference Between Delete And Truncate Commands?

    DELETE command is used to remove rows from the table, and WHERE clause can be used for conditional set of parameters. Commit and Rollback can be performed after delete statement.
    TRUNCATE removes all rows from the table. Truncate operation cannot be rolled back.

  • What Are Local And Global Variables And Their Differences?

    Local variables are the variables which can be used or exist inside the function. They are not known to the other functions and those variables cannot be referred or used. Variables can be created whenever that function is called.
    Global variables are the variables which can be used or exist throughout the program. Same variable declared in global cannot be used in functions. Global variables cannot be created whenever that function is called.

  • What Is A Constraint?

    Constraint can be used to specify the limit on the data type of table. Constraint can be specified while creating or altering the table statement. Sample of constraint are.

    • NOT NULL
    • CHECK
    • DEFAULT
    • UNIQUE
    • PRIMARY KEY
    • FOREIGN KEY
  • What Is Data Integrity?

    Data Integrity defines the accuracy and consistency of data stored in a database. It can also define integrity constraints to enforce business rules on the data when it is entered into the application or database.

  • What Is Auto Increment?

    Auto increment keyword allows the user to create a unique number to be generated when a new record is inserted into the table. AUTO INCREMENT keyword can be used in Oracle and IDENTITY keyword can be used in SQL SERVER.
    Mostly this keyword can be used whenever PRIMARY KEY is used.

  • What Is Datawarehouse?

    Datawarehouse is a central repository of data from multiple sources of information. Those data are consolidated, transformed and made available for the mining and online processing. Warehouse data have a subset of data called Data Marts.

  • What Is Self-join?

    Self-join is set to be query used to compare to itself. This is used to compare values in a column with other values in the same column in the same table. ALIAS ES can be used for the same table comparison.

  • What Is Cross-join?

    Cross join defines as Cartesian product where number of rows in the first table multiplied by number of rows in the second table. If suppose, WHERE clause is used in cross join then the query will work like an INNER JOIN.

  • What Is User Defined Functions?

    User defined functions are the functions written to use that logic whenever required. It is not necessary to write the same logic several times. Instead, function can be called or executed whenever needed.

  • What Are All Types Of User Defined Functions?

    • Scalar Functions
    • Inline Table valued functions
    • Multi statement valued functions
  • What Is Collation?

    Collation is defined as set of rules that determine how character data can be sorted and compared. This can be used to compare A and, other language characters and also depends on the width of the characters.
    ASCII value can be used to compare these character data.

  • Advantages And Disadvantages Of Stored Procedure?

    Stored procedure can be used as a modular programming – means create once, store and call for several times whenever required. This supports faster execution instead of executing multiple queries. This reduces network traffic and provides better security to the data.
    Disadvantage is that it can be executed only in the Database and utilizes more memory in the database server.

  • How Do You Copy Rows From One Table To Another?

    The INSERT statement can be used to add rows to a table by copying from another table. In this case, a subquery is used in the place of the VALUES clause.

  • What Happens If You Omit The Where Clause In The Update Statement?

    All the rows in the table are modified.

  • Can You Modify The Rows In A Table Based On Values From Another Table? Explain.

    Yes. Use of subqueries in UPDATE statements allow you to update rows in a table based on values from another table.

  • What Is Sub Query?

    A subquery is a query within another query. The outer query is called as main query, and inner query is called subquery. SubQuery is always executed first, and the result of subquery is passed on to the main query.

  • What Is A Query?

    A DB query is a code written in order to get the information back from the database. Query can be designed in such a way that it matched with our expectation of the result set. Simply, a question to the Database.

  • What Is A Relationship And What Are They?

    Database Relationship is defined as the connection between the tables in a database. There are various data basing relationships, and they are as follows:

    • One to One Relationship.
    • One to Many Relationship.
    • Many to One Relationship.
    • Self-Referencing Relationship.

     

  • What Is A Cursor?

    A database Cursor is a control which enables traversal over the rows or records in the table. This can be viewed as a pointer to one row in a set of rows. Cursor is very much useful for traversing such as retrieval, addition and removal of database records.

  • What Are All The Different Types Of Indexes?

    There are three types of indexes :
    Unique Index: This indexing does not allow the field to have duplicate values if the column is unique indexed. Unique index can be applied automatically when primary key is defined.
    Clustered Index: This type of index reorders the physical order of the table and search based on the key values. Each table can have only one clustered index.
    NonClustered Index: NonClustered Index does not alter the physical order of the table and maintains logical order of data. Each table can have 999 nonclustered indexes.

  • What Is An Index?

    An index is performance tuning method of allowing faster retrieval of records from the table. An index creates an entry for each value and it will be faster to retrieve data.

  • What Is A View?

    A view is a virtual table which consists of a subset of data contained in a table. Views are not virtually present, and it takes less space to store. View can have data of one or more tables combined, and it is depending on the relationship.

  • What Is De Normalization?.

    DeNormalization is a technique used to access the data from higher to lower normal forms of database. It is also process of introducing redundancy into a table by incorporating data from the related tables.

  • What Is The Purpose Of The Merge Statement In Sql?

    The MERGE statement allows conditional update or insertion of data into a database table. It performs an UPDATE if the rows exists, or an INSERT if the row does not exist.

  • What Is The Difference Between Varchar2 And Char Datatypes?

    VARCHAR2 represents variable length character data, whereas CHAR represents fixed length character data.

  • Which Sql Statement Is Used To Add, Modify Or Drop Columns In A Database Table?

    The ALTER TABLE statement.

  • Can You Remove Rows From A Table Based On Values From Another Table? Explain.

    Yes, subqueries can be used to remove rows from a table based on values from another table.

  • Can You Sort A Column Using A Column Alias?

    Yes. A column alias could be used in the ORDER BY clause.

  • Which Statement Is Used To Add A New Row In A Database Table?

    The INSERT INTO statement.

  • What Are All The Different Normalizations?

    The normal forms can be divided into 5 forms, and they are explained below :
    First Normal Form (1NF): This should remove all the duplicate columns from the table. Creation of tables for the related data and identification of unique columns.
    Second Normal Form (2NF): Meeting all requirements of the first normal form. Placing the subsets of data in separate tables and Creation of relationships between the tables using primary keys.
    Third Normal Form (3NF): This should meet all requirements of 2NF. Removing the columns which are not dependent on primary key constraints.
    Fourth Normal Form (3NF): Meeting all the requirements of third normal form and it should not have multi- valued dependencies..