A relational database contains not only base tables that exist in their own right but also views, which are virtual tables. The data of a base table exists physically—that is, it is stored on a disk—while a view is derived from one or more base tables. The CREATE VIEW statement creates a new view from one or more existing tables (or views) using a SELECT statement, which is an inseparable part of the CREATE VIEW statement. Since the creation of a view always contains a query, the CREATE VIEW statement belongs to the data manipulation language (DML) rather than to the data definition language (DDL). For this reason, the creation and removal of views is discussed in Chapter “Views”, after the presentation of all Transact-SQL statements for data modification.
The CREATE INDEX statement creates a new index on a specified table. The indices are primarily used to allow efficient access to the data stored on a disk. The existence of an index can greatly improve the access to data. Indices, together with the CREATE INDEX statement, are discussed in detail in Chapter “Indices”.
A stored procedure is an additional database object that can be created using the corresponding CREATE PROCEDURE statement. (A stored procedure is a special kind of sequence of statements written in Transact-SQL, using the SQL language and procedural extensions. Chapter “Stored Procedures and User-Defined Functions” describes stored procedures in detail.)
A trigger is a database object that specifies an action as a result of an operation. This means that when a particular data-modifying action (modification, insertion, or deletion) occurs on a particular table, the Database Engine automatically invokes one or more additional actions. The CREATE TRIGGER statement creates a new trigger. Triggers are described in detail in Chapter “Triggers”.
A synonym is a local database object that provides a link between itself and another object managed by the same or a linked database server. Using the CREATE SYNONYM statement, you can create a new synonym for the given object.
Example 5. 13 shows the use of this statement.
CREATE SYNONYM prod
Example 5.13 creates a synonym for the Product table in the Production schema of the AdventureWorks database. This synonym can be used in DML statements, such as SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE.
A schema is a database object that includes statements for creation of tables, views, and user privileges. (You can think of a schema as a construct that collects together several tables, corresponding views, and user privileges.)