When you ask any question in Studytonight's Forum it gets saved into a table. And using the Delete option, you can even delete a question asked by you. How do you think that works? Yes, using the Delete DML command.
Let's study about the syntax and the usage of the Delete command.
DELETE command is used to delete data from a table.
Following is its general syntax,
DELETE FROM table_name;
Let's take a sample table student:
DELETE FROM student;
The above command will delete all the records from the table student.
In our student table if we want to delete a single record, we can use the
WHERE clause to provide a condition in our
DELETE FROM student WHERE s_id=103;
The above command will delete the record where
s_id is 103 from the table student.
TRUNCATE command is different from
DELETE command. The delete command will delete all the rows from a table whereas truncate command not only deletes all the records stored in the table, but it also re-initializes the table(like a newly created table).
For eg: If you have a table with 10 rows and an auto_increment primary key, and if you use
DELETE command to delete all the rows, it will delete all the rows, but will not re-initialize the primary key, hence if you will insert any row after using the
DELETE command, the auto_increment primary key will start from 11. But in case of
TRUNCATE command, primary key is re-initialized, and it will again start from 1.