What is SQL?
The Structured Query Language (SQL) is a new database query system that is just now making significant inroads into the mass business market. Microsoft, Apple, Lotus, Borland, Ashton Tate, and many other top software companies have announced SQL products for the IBM PC and Macintosh. SQL is now the accepted standard American database query language.
The SQL system has been available for the ST for the past year in Regent Base from Regent Software. The ST almost had a second SQL database when Oracle (a huge software company that specializes in databases) was considering porting its powerful SQL database onto the ST to run under Whitesmith's Unix system. Unfortunately, Oracle changed its mind.
Regent Software has now released the Regent Base Guide Book, a 100-page introduction to the SQL system as implemented on the ST in Regent Base. The Guide Book also comes with a demonstration version of Regent Base and all of the tutorial examples. At $24.95, the Guide Book is a good introduction to the SQL language and overall database design principles.
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