SQL Tutorial will teach us that database table is a container that holds information like items. For example, an Employees table would
contain the same basic details on each employee like employee name, job title,
employee department and so on. Each record, each
chunk of information you need to store lives in a field. When you view a single employee record, database will
display it. Whenever you want to view more that one record at a time, you do so in a table
report, where fields appear as columns and each record is a row.
SQL Database Table
The foundation of every Relational Database Management System is a
database object called table. Every database consists of one or more then
table, which store the database’s data or information or records. Each table has its
own unique name and consists of columns and rows.
The database table columns are also called table fields, and they have their own unique
names and have a pre-defined data types. Table columns can have various attributes defining the column functionality (the column is a primary key, there is an index defined on the column, the column has certain default value, etc.).
While table columns describe the data types, the table rows contain the
actual data for the columns.
Here is an example of a simple database table, containing Employees data.
The first row, listed in bold, contains the names of the table columns:
Now that we’ve learned what is a database table, we
can continue with our sql tutorial and learn how to
create tables in a database and use it for storage of data.