A SQL view is a virtual table and the SQL CRERATE VIEW statement is the SQL command that adds a new view to a SQL database.
A view can be accessed using the SQL SELECT statement like a table. A view is built by selecting data from one or more tables.
Some views can also support the SQL INSERT, SQL UPDATE and SQL DELETE statements. In that case, the view must refer to a single table and include all NOT NULL columns of that table.
SQL views are used because they can provide the following benefits / functions:
The SQL CREATE VIEW command is used as follows.
SQL CREATE VIEW Statement Syntax
CREATE VIEW <view_name> (
The number of characters that can make up SQL names for tables, columns and views varies by DBMS. In many cases the limit is 30 characters. The leading character of the name must be alphabetic - not a number or special character. The name of a new view can not duplicate the name of an existing view or table and should not be the same as a SQL reserved word. The underscore character can be used to improve readability. List elements are seperated by commas.
SQL CREATE VIEW Statement Example - Data Filtering
The following example creates a view named V_TOP_CUSTOMER on table CUSTOMER with the following columns:
Here are the contents of the table:
This SQL CREATE VIEW Statement is executed:
CREATE VIEW V_TOP_CUSTOMER (
AS SELECT customer_id,
WHERE ytd_sales_amt > 1200.00