If you’re choosing to manage your databases in this office suite after previously using other tools, you may find the switchover quite difficult. This is understandable, it’s a completely new system to what you were using before. If you were using SQL before, you might want to keep using it for now so that you can still manage your database without problems. If you’re a web developer you’ll also be glad to know that you can use SQL, very popular amongst these users. In this article, we’re going to explain how you can execute SQL queries in this software package.
The first thing you’re going to need to do is create the database you want to work on. This can be done by loading up Open Office and then going into the database tool included. When you first load it up, you’ll be asked if you want to create one or to simply edit one you’ve created previously. If the database is in another format then there’s an option for this too. The result will be an ODT file saved onto your hard drive with all of the data stored in it. After you’ve added it, you can then start the process of executing SQL.
It’s actually very simple to execute these queries in this office suite. Get into the table view which should show all of the different sections that you’ve designed for your database. You’ll then need to click on Tools –> SQL which will display a few extra fields in a window allowing you to execute any queries that you want. Some people may not know about the basics of it so we’re going to briefly discuss some statements that you might want to run.
- SELECT – This statement is used for when you want to retrieve specific rows. You can input which table you want to receive them from as well as some clauses to narrow it down. For example, if you wanted to get the row where the ID field is set to 24, you could execute “SELECT * FROM exampleTable WHERE id=24;” to get this.
- INSERT – If you want to add a new row then you could use this type of statement. You’d enter all of the information that the database requires and providing it met all of the requirements and each field was filled with the right tool, it’d be done straight away.
- UPDATE – You can even update a row (or multiple rows) in your database by selecting the field(s) you want to update and then specifying the conditions so you can, again, narrow down the affected rows. This is essential, if you don’t specify conditions then the whole table will be affected which may not be what you’re wanting.
In conclusion, if you’ve read the article we’ve provided here you should know much more about executing SQL statements in our Open Office download. It really isn’t that difficult but can make it easier for you to manipulate the database to make it exactly as you want. If you’re familiar with website development then we’d recommend you take a look at it. Of course if you need any help you’re free to contact us but with the steps we’ve given in this guide you should have a much better idea of how to do it and be able to get started almost instantly.