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Sams Teach Yourself SQL™ in 10 Minutes, Third Edition by Ben Forta

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Lesson 18. Using Views

In this lesson you'll learn exactly what views are, how they work, and when they should be used. You'll also see how views can be used to simplify some of the SQL operations performed in earlier lessons.

Understanding Views

Views are virtual tables. Unlike tables that contain data, views simply contain queries that dynamically retrieve data when used.

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MySQL Support As this book goes to press, MySQL still does not support views (support for views is planned for MySQL 5). As such, the examples in this lesson will not work with MySQL at this time.

The best way to understand views is to look at an example. Back in

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