Tutorial on SQL (DDL, DML) on the example of MS SQL Server dialect


This tutorial includes information about SQL (DDL, DML) that I have gathered during my professional life. This is the minimum you need to know while working with databases. If there is a need to use complex SQL constructions, then usually I surf the MSDN library, which can be easily found on the internet. To my mind, it is very difficult to keep everything in your head and, by the way, there is no need for this. I recommend that you should know all the main constructions used in most relational databases such as Oracle, MySQL, and Firebird. Still, they may differ in data types. For example, to create objects (tables, constraints, indexes, etc.), you may simply use integrated development environment (IDE) to work with databases and there is no need in studying visual tools for a particular database type (MS SQL, Oracle, MySQL, Firebird, etc.). This is convenient because you can see the whole text, and you do not need to look through numerous tabs to create, for example, an index or a constraint. If you are constantly working with databases, creating, modifying, and especially rebuilding an object using scripts is much faster than in a visual mode. Besides, in my opinion, in the script mode (with due precision), it is easier to specify and control rules for naming objects. In addition, it is convenient to use scripts when you need to transfer database changes from a test database to a production database. Read More

Insight into SQL Server Unique Constraints

What are unique key constraints?

A unique constraint is a rule that restricts column entries to unique. In other words, this type of constraints prevents inserting duplicates into a column. A unique constraint is one of the instruments to enforce data integrity in an SQL Server database. Since a table can have only one primary key, you can use a unique constraint to enforce the uniqueness of a column or a combination of columns that do not constitute a primary key.

Creating a unique constraint on a column automatically creates a unique index. This way SQL Server implements the integrity requirement of the unique constraint. Therefore, when attempting to insert a duplicate value into a column, on which a unique constraint is defined, the Database Engine will detect the unique constraint violation and issue a corresponding error. As a result, the row with the duplicate values will not be added to a table.

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CHECK Constraints in SQL Server

In this article, we will talk about CHECK constraints. We will see how to add CHECK constraints to SQL Server table columns and discuss the pitfalls you may encounter when using this type of SQL Server constraints.

CHECK constraint basics

CHECK constraints are simply conditional statements (predicates that return TRUE or FALSE) that refer to table columns for maintaining data integrity. When one inserts data into a column or several columns in a single row, CHECK constraints come into action. They evaluate the data to be inserted. In case the data does not meet the condition specified in the CHECK constraint, the insertion fails.

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Retrieving SQL Server Metadata with Help of T-SQL

This article contains a list of scripts that mine the SQL Server metadata in the various system functions, stored procedures, tables, and catalog views. Metadata queries are really helpful in discovering information for a given database schema. You can copy all the T-SQL scripts that are listed in this article and use for your own purposes. However, please do some tests before apply to a production database.

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