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What is a relational database?

relational database (RDB) is a collective set of multiple data sets organized by tablesrecords and columns. RDBs establish a well-defined relationship between database tables. Tables communicate and share information, which facilitates data searchability, organization and reporting.

RDBs use Structured Query Language (SQL), which is a standard user application that provides an easy programming interface for database interaction.

Relational databases are based on the relational modelan intuitive, straightforward way of representing data in tables. In a relational database, each row in the table is a record with a unique ID called the key. The columns of the table hold attributes of the data, and each record usually has a value for each attribute, making it easy to establish the relationships among data points.

Benefits of Relational Databases:

  • Data Consistency
  • Commitment and Atomicity
  • Stored Procedures and Relational Databases
  • Database Locking and Concurrency

Relational Database Terms

Below are the unique terms and specific definitions that will help you understand what a RDB can do and how it works:

Row : A set of data constituting a single item.

For example, the data for a single employee (e.g. first name, last name, employee ID, hire date, work location, etc.) of a company would be displayed in a row. A row can also be called a record, an entity, or a tuple.

Column: Labels for elements of rows. A column gives context to the information contained in rows. For an employee database, the column headers could be the items listed above for employees. A column is also known as an attribute or a field.

Table: A group of rows that match the parameters set up for the table. The data in a table must all be related. An employee database may have separate tables for active employees, retired employees, and former employees. A table is also known as a relation or base revelar.

View: A set of data based on a query via the RDBMS; also known as result set or derived revelar.

Domain: The set of possible values for a given column. For example, the phone number and ZIP code columns would be numbers, while first and last names would be limited to letters.

Constraint: A narrowing of a domain. For example, the domain of the work location on a employee record would be alphanumeric, but it could be restricted to a predefined list rather than being a free-form field. The phone number field would be constrained to 10 digits.

Primary key: The unique identifier of a row in a table.

Foreign key: The unique identifier of a row in another table.

Distributed Database: A database that stores data in multiple locations, rather than on a single hard drive or server.

TYPES OF DATABASE RELATIONSHIPS

The power of a relational database is in the links and relations. By connecting rows in different tables through the use of primary and foreign keys, you can create views, reports, and other slices of information to serve your organization. There are three primary types of database relationships:

One-to-One: One row in one table is connected to one and only one row in another table. For example, a Social Security number is linked to a single employee.

One-to-Many: One row in one table is connected to zero, one, or more than one rows in another table. For example, one work location can be linked to many employees.

Many-to-Many: Zero, one, or many rows in one table are linked to zero, one, or many rows in another table. For example, multiple employees can be assigned to multiple projects.

What is PL/SQL?

What is PL/SQL?

PL/SQL stands for Procedural Language extension of SQL.

PL/SQL is a combination of SQL along with the procedural features of programming languages.

It was developed by Oracle Corporation in the early 90’s to enhance the capabilities of SQL.

The PL/SQL Engine:

Oracle uses a PL/SQL engine to processes the PL/SQL statements. A PL/SQL language code can be stored in the client system (client-side) or in the database (server-side).

MSSQL @@ROWCOUNT Tutorial

MSSQL @@ROWCOUNT Tutorial

The @@ROW COUNT variable returns the number of rows read by the last executed statement. If any statement does not return any rows, then value of @@ROWCOUNT variable is set to zero.

MSSQL @@ROWCOUNT VARIABLE SYNTAX

@@ROWCOUNT

Using @@ implies that it is a global variable. Also @@ROWCOUNT returns the value of int type i.e. the maximum no of rows @@ ROWCOUNT can return is 231 (2,147,483,647). For returning rows greater than this limit, ROWCOUNT_BIG function is used.

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What are the typical uses of service accounts in running SQL Server components?

Service accounts are all about security and access. So, for example, SQL Agent runs as a service and it can be configured (should be) to run under a service account. Let’s assume that you use Agent to run backups. Let’s also assume you backup to a shared file location on your network that’s not local to the machine you’re running SQL Agent on. You’ll need to ensure that the account configured for SQL Agent has access to that shared file location. While this may seem like work, what it in fact is doing is following the method of least access. That service account has to have access to that share, but it doesn’t need access to other file locations on your system, so you only give it what it needs and nothing more. Same thing applies to the other services and service accounts.

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How to Connect to SQL Server after Installation

This video explains on “How to Connect to SQL Server after Installation”

Applicable for SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2014 and SQL Server 2016

T0 resolve possible connection issues at basic level, ensure the following:

1. Verify and ensure correct server name is provided

2. Go to Run then services.msc then ensure SQL Server service for the respective instance is started.

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What is the difference between SQL Server and SQL?

SQL stands for Structured Query Language. SQL is used to communicate with a database. According to ANSI (American National Standards Institute), it is the standard language for relational database management systems. It is used to perform operations on the data present in database. SQL statements are used to perform tasks such as update data on a database, or retrieve data from a database. Although most database systems use SQL, most of them also have their own additional proprietary extensions that are usually only used on their system. However, the standard SQL commands such as “Select”, “Insert”, “Update”, “Delete”, “Create”, and “Drop” can be used to accomplish almost everything that one needs to do with a database. SQL commands are divided into several different types, among them data manipulation language (DML) and data definition language (DDL) statements, transaction controls and security measures.

Some common relational database management systems that use SQL are: Oracle, Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server, Access, Ingres, etc.

SQL Server is a relational database management system (RDBMS) developed by Microsoft. This product is built for the basic function of storing retrieving data as required by other applications. It can be run either on the same computer or on another across a network. It is platform dependent. It is both GUI and command based software.

SQL Server is available in various editions. Some of the editions are:

  • Enterprise
  • Standard
  • Workgroup
  • Web
  • Developer
  • Express
  • Compact
  • Datacenter
  • Business Intelligence
  • Enterprise Evaluation

So, different enterprises like web development companies, mobile app development companies, banks, outsourcing companies and many other uses RDBMS like (SQL server, Oracle) for smooth functioning of their business.

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Second Normal Form(2nd) (Eliminating Redundant Data)

A relation is in second normal form if it is in 1NF and every non key attribute is fully functionally dependent on the primary key.

It is in first normal form
All non-key attributes are fully functional dependent on the primary key

The First Normal form deals with the atomicity whereas the Second Normal Form deals with the relationship between the composite key columns and non-key columns.

To achieve the next progressive level your table should satisfy the requirement of First Normal Form then move towards the Second Normal Form.

 Let see the example from above 1st Normal From

ITEM COLORS PRICES TAX
Pen Red 3.0 0.40
Pen Blue 3.0 0.40
Scale Red 3.0 0.40
Scale Yellow 3.0 0.40
Bag Blue 120.0 12.52
Bag Black 120.0 12.52

Table is not in Second Normal Form because the price and tax depends on the item, but not color.

ITEM COLORS
Pen Red
Pen Blue
Scale Red
Scale Yellow
Bag Blue
Bag Black

 

ITEM PRICE TAX
Pen 3.0 0.40
Scale 3.0 0.40
Bag 120.0 12.52

 

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