A query requests data from the database and receives the results. This process is also known as data retrieval. All SQL queries are expressed using the SELECT statement. You use the SELECT statement to retrieve all, or a subset of, the rows in one or more tables, and to retrieve all, or a subset of, the columns in one or more tables.
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The SELECT statement and querying
The SELECT list: Specifying columns
The FROM clause: Specifying tables
The WHERE clause: Specifying rows
The ORDER BY clause: Ordering results
Aggregate functions in queries
Advanced: Query processing phases
Advanced: Query optimization
Advanced: Query execution plans
Advanced: Parallelism during query execution
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