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SQL Commands

The SQL Commands are instructions , using these commands we can communicate with the database to perform specific tasks, work, functions and queries with data.

Types of SQL Commands:

  • DDL – Data Definition Language
  • DML – Data Manipulation Language
  • DCL – Data Control Language
  • DQL – Data Query Language
  • TCL – Transaction Control Language

1. Data Definition Language (DDL):

It is used to create and modify the structure of database objects in database.

Types of DDL commands:

  • CREATE: It is used to creates objects in the database, like table, index, function, views, store procedure and triggers.

column1 datatype,
column2 datatype,
column3 datatype,
  • ALTER: It is used to alter the structure of the database.
Add New Column:

ADD New_Column_Name varchar(100);

Modify Data type of old column:

ALTER COLUMN Column_Name Varchar(100);
  • DROP: It is used to delete both the structure and record stored in the table.

DROP TABLE Table_name;
  • TRUNCATE: It is used to delete all the rows from the table and free the space containing the table.

TRUNCATE Table Table_name;

2. Data Manipulation Language(DML):

It is used to retrieve, modify, delete, insert and update data in database.

Types of DML commands:

  • INSERT: The INSERT Statement is used to add new rows of data to a table.


(Column1, Column2, Column3,.... ColumnN)  

VALUES (Value1, Value2, Value3, .... ValueN);
  • UPDATE: This command is used to update existing data in table.

UPDATE table_name SET column1= value1,

column2= value2,...columnN = valueN 

WHERE condition
  • DELETE: This command is used to delete particular record or all records from table.

Delete particular record:
DELETE From Table_Name Where [condition]

Delete all records:
DELETE From Table_Name

3. Data Control Language(DCL):

It is used to give user access privileges and other controls of the database system. Only database administrator’s & owner’s of the database object can provide and remove the privileges.

Types of DCL commands:

  • GRANT: It is used to gives user’s access privileges to database.

GRANT privilege_name
ON object_name
TO {user_name |PUBLIC |role_name}
  • REVOKE: It is used to cancel previously granted or denied permissions.

REVOKE privilege_name
ON object_name
FROM {user_name |PUBLIC |role_name}

4. Transaction Control Language(TCL):

TCL commands are used to manage transactions in the database and perform with DML commands like INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE.

  • COMMIT: It is used to permanently save any transaction into the database. Read more

  • ROLLBACK: It is used to rollback the last transactions, if transactions not commit. Read more

  • SAVEPOINT: It is used to rollback the transaction back to a certain point without rolling back the entire transaction. Read more


5. Data Query Language(DQL):

It is used to get some schema relation based on the query passed to it.

DQL Command:

  • SELECT statement is used to query or retrieve data from a table in the database.

With condition:
SELECT expressions 
FROM Table_name 
WHERE conditions;  

Without condition:
SELECT expressions FROM Table_name

Note: Select statement also comes under DML commands.

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