Comparing SQL to Other Programming Languages

Now that you know what SQL can be used for, you can compare it to other programming languages. To be honest, SQL is quite different from the procedural languages such as C++, Visual Basic, Pascal, and other third-generation programming languages, which allow the programmer to write step-by-step instructions telling the computer exactly what to do to achieve a specified goal. Taking the car sales example, your goal might be to select all the information about sales made in July from the New York car showroom. Very roughly, your procedural...

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