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SQL Commands

Learn more about SQL, a standard language for interacting with databases and storing, manipulating, and retrieving data from databases.

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In software development, whether in a program or issued directly, a command is a directive given by the user to an application to perform a specific action. This could be through a line of code, typed into a terminal, or executed through another application for this purpose.

For SQL, commands are issued through SQL statements. As such, the distinction between a “SQL command” and a “SQL statement” from a technical perspective is little to none; though the former could be used to refer to just the statement type itself (SELECT) whereas statement specifically refers to a complete piece of code that can be executed.

Practically speaking for most, SQL statement is used to refer to a piece of code that returns or modifies data or tables, whereas SQL command more commonly refer to other types of statements more related to the management and operation of a database (e.g. adding or removing users or changing user permissions).

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