To perform operations on the database we have syntax for SQL. SQL syntax has some rules to be followed
SQL uses keywords like SELECT, CREATE, INSERT, etc.., and is not case sensitive. Mostly they are written in Uppercase.
SQL queries are called as SQL statements and they can be written on one line or multiple lines
SQL Statements are generally started with SQL keywords like SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, etc.., and should be ended with a semicolon (;).
SELECT * FROM Table;
The semicolon is used to separate the SQL statements. It must be used according to SQL standards
These are some important commands that we use generally.
SQ data types define a type of value that is to be inserted into the database.
Every column in the Table should be provided with name and data type
Data types differ from Database to Database.
General Data types used in SQL are:
Data type Syntax Explanation
|Data type||Data type||Explanation|
|Integer||INTEGER||The integer data type is used to specify an integer value|
|Smallint||SMALLINT||The smallint data type is used to specify small integer value|
|Numeric||NUMERIC(P,S)||The smallint data type is used to specify small integer value|
|Real||REAL||The real integer is used to specify a single precision floating point number|
|Decimal||DECIMAL(P,S)||It specifies a decimal value. Here 'p' is precision value and’s’ is scale value.|
|Double precision||DOUBLE PRECISION||It specifies double precision floating point number|
|Float||FLOAT(P)||It specifies floating-point value e.g. 12.3, 4.5 etc. Here, 'p' is precision value.|
|Character||CHAR(X)||Here, 'x' is the character's number to store|
|Character Varying||VARCHAR(X)||Here, 'x' is the character's number to store|
|Bit||BIT (X)||Here, 'x' is the number of bits to store|
|Bit Varying||BIT VARYING (X)||Here, 'x' is the number of bits to store (length can vary up to x)|
|Date||DATE||It stores year, month and days values.|
|Time||TIME||It stores hour, minute and second values|
|Time with time zone||TIME WITH TIME ZONE||The timestamp data type is used to store year, month, day, and hour, minute and second values|
|Timestamp||TIMESTAMP||It is exactly same as time but also store an offset from UTC of the time specified.|
|Timestamp with time zone||TIMESTAMP WITH TIME ZONE||It is same as timestamp but also stores an offset from UTC of the time specified|