With the SQL Anywhere tools, you can create a database file to hold your data. Once this file is created, you can begin managing the database. For example, you can add database objects, such as tables or users, and you can set overall database properties.
The SQL statements for creating, changing, and dropping database objects are called the data definition language (DDL). The definitions of the database objects form the database schema: you can think of the schema as an empty database.
Procedures and triggers are also database objects, but they are discussed in Using Procedures, Triggers, and Batches.
If you want more conceptual information before you begin, see: