Interview Questions

1. What exactly is SQL?

  • The acronym for Structured Query Language (SQL) stands for Structured Query Language. It’s the de facto industry standard for relational database management systems. It’s especially useful when dealing with structured data made up of entities (variables) and their relationships.

2. How do SQL and MySQL differ from one another?

  • SQL is a programming language that is used to retrieve and manipulate organized databases. MySQL, on the other hand, is a relational database management system used to manage SQL databases, similar to SQL Server, Oracle, or IBM DB2.

3. What are SQL Constraints?

The rules that govern the table’s data are defined by constraints. When a SQL table is created or after it has been created using the ALTER TABLE command, it can be used on single or multiple fields. The following are some of the restrictions:
NOT NULL – Prevents a NULL value from being inserted into a column.

  • CHECK – Determines whether all values in a field satisfy a set of requirements.
  • DEFAULT – The field will be assigned a default value if no value has been specified.
  • UNIQUE – Assures that the values in the field are unique.
  • INDEX – Indexes a field to make record retrieval faster.
  • PRIMARY KEY – A key that uniquely identifies each record in a table.
  • A FOREIGN KEY – ensures that the referential integrity is maintained.

4. What is the definition of a primary key?

  • The PRIMARY KEY constraint uniquely identifies each row in a table. It must include UNIQUE data and has an implied NOT NULL constraint.
    A table can only have one primary key in SQL, which can be made up of single or multiple fields (columns).
  • MAKE A TABLE Students (/* Make a table with a single primary key field */)
  • VARCHAR is a unique name for a character (255)
  • MAKE A TABLE (/* Make a table with multiple fields as the primary key */)
  • VARCHAR Last Name (255)
    VARCHAR FirstName (255) ALTER TABLE Students /* Set a column as primary key */ ADD PRIMARY KEY (ID); ALTER TABLE Students /* Set a column as primary key */ ADD PRIMARY KEY (ID); ALTER TABLE Students /* Set a column as primary key */ ADD PRIMARY KEY (ID); ALTER TABLE Students /* Set a column as primary key */ ADD PRIMARY KEY

5. What does it mean to have a UNIQUE constraint?

  • A UNIQUE constraint ensures that each column’s value is distinct. This ensures that each row can be identified separately and that the column(s) are unique. Each table, unlike primary keys, can have multiple unique constraints. UNIQUE and PRIMARY KEY have very similar code syntax and can be used interchangeably.
    CREATE TABLE Students (/* Create a table with a single field as unique */ ID INT NOT NULL UNIQUE Name VARCHAR(255) ); CREATE TABLE Students (/* Create a table with multiple fields as unique */ ID INT NOT NULL UNIQUE Name VARCHAR(255) ); CREATE TABLE Students (/* Create a table with multiple fields as unique */ ID INT NOT NULL UNIQUE Name VARCHAR(255) ); */ ID INT NOT NULL Last Name VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL CONSTRAINT PK Student UNIQUE (ID, FirstName) );
    ALTER TABLE STUDENTS ADD UNIQUE (ID); /* Make a column unique */

6. What is the procedure for creating a database in an SQL Server?

  • A database is a logically organized collection of data. Schemas, tables, procedures, code functions, and other items make up the database. A variety of query languages are used to access and change data. In SQL Server, a table is an object that stores data in a tabular (columns and rows) format.
    To create a new database, use the SQL command CREATE DATABASE.
    CREATE DATABASE Database Name is the syntax.
  • You can also create a database with SQL Server Management Studio. Select New Database from the drop-down menu by right-clicking on Databases. Pay attention to the wizard’s instructions.

7. What are the different types of relationships in a SQL Server database?

Relationships are formed by linking the columns of one table to the columns of another table. Four different kinds of relationships can be formed.
The following are some of the links:

  • One-on-one interaction
  •  one-to-many Relationships
  •  Relationship of Many-to-Many
  • One-to-Many and One-to-Many Relationships
  • In a One-to-Many connection, a single column value in one table has one or more dependent column values in another table.
  •  One-to-many Relationship Many-to-Many Relationship
  • The third table connects tables that are attempting to form a Many-to-Many relationship. The bridge table is used to store data that is shared by multiple tables with many-to-many relationships.

8. In SQL Server, how do you delete duplicate rows?

  • To eliminate duplicate records, SQL Server’s CTE and ROW NUMER features can be used.

9. In SQL, what is an Alias?

  • An alias is a SQL feature that is supported by most, if not all, RDBMSs. For an SQL query, it’s a made-up name for a table or table column. Furthermore, aliasing can be used to hide the true names of database columns using obfuscation. A table alias is also known as a correlation name.
    Although the AS keyword is usually used to indicate an alias, it can be used without it in some cases. Using the AS keyword, on the other hand, is always a good idea.

10. What is a Trigger, exactly?

  • Triggers are used to run a batch of SQL code when insert, update, or delete commands are run on a table. Triggers are automatically triggered or executed when data is updated. When inserting, deleting, or updating data, it can be run automatically.

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