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Introduction to SQL

Queries are carried out on the VSA database using SQL (Structured Query Language).

Simple queries are made up of 3 basic commands: select, from and where.

select - list the parameters you wish to extract (separated by commas) e.g. select ra,dec,kMag

from - list the table names you need to access e.g. from vhsSource

where - provide any constraints e.g. where kMagErr < 0.05

to give the full query

select ra,dec,kmag
from vhsSource
where kMagErr < 0.05

An introductory SQL tutorial can be found here.



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23/4/2015