by Ray Rankins
IN THIS CHAPTER
The intent of this chapter is to provide an overview of the elements of the Transact-SQL (T-SQL) language. The focus is primarily on the Data Manipulation Language (DML) com-mands and the programming constructs built into T-SQL. The various Data Definition Language (DDL) commands are covered in other chapters, primarily Chapters 11 “14 and 27 “30. This chapter is not intended as a learning tool for the general SQL language. Several such books are on the market, from beginning to advanced levels; some describe the standard ANSI SQL syntax and some specialize in T-SQL. Look for the Sams Teach Yourself line of books on SQL and Transact-SQL, SQL Unleashed , and Microsoft SQL Server Programming Unleashed from Sams Publishing for more specific information on each of these.