(n.) A query is a request for information from a database. There are three general methods for posing queries:
Choosing parameters from a menu: In this method, the database system presents a list of parameters from which you can choose. This is perhaps the easiest way to pose a query because the menus guide you, but it is also the least flexible.
Query by example (QBE): In this method, the system presents a blank record and lets you specify the fields and values that define the query.
Query language: Many database systems require you to make requests for information in the form of a stylized query that must be written in a special query language. This is the most complex method because it forces you to learn a specialized language, but it is also the most powerful.
(v.) To make a request for information from a database.
Definition Prefix: Q
- query by example
In database management systems, query by example (QBE) refers to a method of forming queries in which the database program displays a blank record with a space for each field. You can then enter conditions for each field that you want to be included in the query. For example, if you wanted to find all […]
- query language
A specialized language for requesting information from a database. For example, the query SELECT ALL WHERE age > 30 AND name = “Smith” requests all records in which the name-field is “Smith” and the Age field has a value greater than 30. The de facto standard for query languages is SQL.
- query string
The portion of a dynamic URL that contains the search parameters when a dynamic Web site is searched. Query strings do not exist until a user plugs the variables into a database search, at which point the search engine will create the dynamic URL with the query string based on the results. Query strings typically […]
(v.) To line up. In computer science, queuing refers to lining up jobs for a computer or device. For example, if you want to print a number of documents, the operating system (or a special print spooler) queues the documents by placing them in a special area called a print buffer or print queue. The […]