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Databases

Why SQLite for Databases track?

Hey,

I am soon to be finished with the databases track, however, I am worried that taking this track will not help me that much considering I will most likely not be working in a SQLite environment. I did some research and SQLite doesn't seem to be that popular, should I be concerned with having to do research with new database environments or are the principle pretty much the same.

Thanks

Simon Coates
Simon Coates
28,694 Points

Some SQL syntax is shared but all of the major DBs have some specific syntax. eg. i think sqllite uses a "random" function, where MySQL use 'rand'. I think the limit/offset commands may differ between some databases (oracle, sql server, mysql). A lot of job adverts list a particular db's version of SQL, rather than saying just SQL.

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,005 Points

Every database is a bit different.

I work with several, and each has a few unique functions or keywords or does something a bit differently. But the vast majority of common tasks are done with SQL keywords and query structures that are the same in all of them.

If you want to learn the unique quirks of a specific database other than SQLite, these courses wont help. But if you're just interested in learning SQL itself, most of what you learn in these courses will apply to any database you use.