What is data manipulation language?

What is data manipulation language?

Data manipulation language (DML) is a family of syntax elements that users can use to manipulate data in a database. It is similar to computer programming language.

DML is primarily used for selecting, inserting, deleting and updating data in a database. DML is also at times used to perform read-only queries of data.

A popular example of DML is SQL, which can be used to retrieve and manipulate data in a relational database. Some other forms of DML are those used by IMS/DLI, CODASYL databases, such as IDMS and others.

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