Saturday, March 11, 2017


At times, database users might need to retrieve data from a table. Depending on the requirements, they might need to extract either all or only selected columns or rows from a table. Users can retrieve the required data from the database using the SELECT statement. It is used to access and retrieve the data from a table in the database.

To select all the columns (*) asterisk is used, and to select some column(s) then those column(s) name must be specified in the SQL SELECT statement.

The result of SELECT is returned in a table-like structure called a result-set.

Syntax of SELECT:
      SELECT [ALL | DISTINCT] select_column_list
      [INTO [new_table_name]]

[] = Optional code

ALL is represented with an (*) asterisk symbol and displays all the columns of the table.

DISTINCT specifies that only the unique rows should appear in the result set.

select_column_list is the list of columns for which the data is to be listed.

INTO creates a new table and inserts the resulting rows from the result-set into it.

new_table_name is the name of the new table to be created.

FROM specifies the location from where the data is retrieved. Either from a table or from a view.

CLAUSE(S) specifies the search conditions for the rows returned by the query. It may include following clauses:

·         WHERE clause
·         GROUP BY clause
·         HAVING clause
·         ORDER BY clause

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