Storage and Retrieval - T-SQL

I'm not a particularly organized person by nature. When I am done using an item, my first impulse is to toss it on my dresser or a table. The workbench in my garage hasn't seen the light of day for several months. I tell you this so you can understand my deep appreciation for the orderliness of a relational database. Perhaps this is the element in my life that helps me compensate for the lack of order in other areas. I also love containers of all kinds. The cool thing about having containers is that when you need to put something away, there's always a place for it, but when it comes time to find it, that's often another story.

Retrieving data through queries is really about finding stuff. SQL queries are used to reach into the database and pull out useful information; sometimes you need to get all of the details and sometimes you need only a subset of data based on common characteristics. At times, the value or values you'll want to return are an aggregation of data that tell you something about the data, rather than just returning all of the data in raw form.

As you will see later on, queries can be nested within queries and can be saved as programming objects such as functions, stored procedures, and views. Queries can then get their data from these objects. Queries can be joined, nested, and compounded in many different ways. Just remember that it all boils down to the same basic components.

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