Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system developed by Microsoft. As a database server, it is a software product with the primary function of storing and retrieving data as requested by other software applications which may run either on the same computer or on another computer across a network. Microsoft markets at least a dozen different editions of Microsoft SQL Server, aimed at different audiences and for workloads ranging from small single-machine applications to large Internet-facing applications with many concurrent users.
What Can We Do With SQL Server ?
- Access Databases
SQL contains a series of commands that let you search and select records in a database. The SQL language is based on the Relational Database Management System protocol, which stores database information in data tables made up of rows and columns. Certain SQL commands such as the “WHERE” function are used to search these tables of data for desired information.
- Manipulate Databases
A wide variety of SQL commands let you manipulate information that is stored in a Microsoft SQL database. You can use these commands to update the data that is stored in tables, delete data from fields or entire database entries, and reorder data. You can also use SQL to edit forms for viewing a database and to set permissions for database access.
- Database Creation
SQL includes the capability to spawn new databases and alter database properties. You can use SQL to create a new database from scratch or from existing information. You can also create new tables or data management algorithms to include in an existing database.
- Website Use
You can use SQL in conjunction with other applications to display database information on the internet. In order to display the information you’ll need an RDBMS database such as Microsoft Access and SQL functionality. You’ll also need a PHP or ASP scripting program and HTML or CSS code that formats the queried information for general web consumption.
Use Cases for SQL Server
- Business Operations
Focused on using Microsoft SQL Server purely for operational database needs, along the lines of classic online transaction processing (OLTP).
- Enterprise Data Warehouse
Designed for data mining, analytics and continuous optimization of business strategy and operations, along the lines of classic online analytical processing (OLAP).