Tables are objects that contain all the data in SQL Server databases. Each table represents a type of object that is meaningful to its users. For example, in the AdventureWorks2008R2 database there are tables that contain data about employees, inventory, purchase orders, and customers.

The topics in this section provide the information to help you understand, design, implement, and work with tables.

In This Section

  • Understanding Tables
    Explains table concepts and includes descriptions and examples of each type of table that is available in SQL Server.

  • Designing Tables
    Provides specific guidelines, rules, and restrictions to consider when you design a table.

  • Creating and Modifying Tables
    Describes the procedures to follow when you create, modify, or delete a table.

  • Viewing Tables
    Explains how to access the data in your tables and how to find other information about tables.

  • Deleting a Table
    Explains the issues involved in deleting a table.