"SQL stands for Structured Query Language, which is pronounced either as S Q L (as the three letters) or as Sequel....
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant topic offers from TechTarget and its partners. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Contact TechTarget at 275 Grove Street, Newton, MA.
It appears that the former pronunciation is more common in the UK and the latter in the US -- but as the two are interchangeable, it shouldn't be a cause of anxiety.
The DDL section is used for creating database objects, such as tables. In practice, people often use a GUI for creating tables and so on, so it is less common to hand-write DDL statements than it used to be. However an example looks like this:
CREATE TABLE Foo
(MajorPartNum LONG NOT NULL, MinorPartNum LONG NOT NULL,
Quantity LONG NOT NULL,
CONSTRAINT MajorMinor PRIMARY KEY
(MajorPartNum, MinorPartNum) );
The DML section is used to manipulate the data such as querying it. While is also common to use a query builder to create queries, people do still hand-craft DML statements, such as queries. An example might look like this:
SELECT Item, Amount, SaleNo
WHERE Item = 'Sofa'
ORDER BY SaleNo;
- Do you have questions about data definition language (DDL) and data manipulation language (DML)? Ask our expert!
Dig Deeper on Database management system (DBMS) architecture, design and strategy
Related Q&A from Mark Whitehorn
The unstructured data types common in big data systems are often better managed by a NoSQL database than relational software, Mark Whitehorn says.continue reading
IT managers should ask cloud providers some pointed questions about the security of data stored in cloud databases, says expert Mark Whitehorn.continue reading
Expert Mark Whitehorn explains what skills are required for predictive modeling -- and whether business users can do the work of data scientists.continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.