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SQL View, Create View, Alter View

In earlier article you have learned SQL Table, now you learn SQL View

What is View in SQL DATABASE?

A VIEW is a logical set of data, can be from one table or multiple tables. Views do not contain data of their own.

View is designed for restricting direct access to the database, and exposing data as per user role.

You can say View is a just a Select statement saved in database in form of an object for better re-usability.

Why do we need View?
View is very useful when you don’t want to give access of all data of any table to particular user group, or you want to give access to some set of data without giving access of all tables.

How to ceate view in SQL Database

We can create view from one table or joining multiple tables, here is an example

Create view [vwEmpSocialNetwork] 
SELECT     tbEmpSocialNetwork.EmpSocialId, tbEmpSocialNetwork.Facebook, tbEmpSocialNetwork.LinkedIn, tbEmpSocialNetwork.Twitter,  
tbEmpSocialNetwork.PersonalBlog, tbEmpSocialNetwork.Updated, tbEmployee.FirstName, tbEmployee.MiddleName,  
tbEmployee.LastName, tbEmployee.EmployeeId 
FROM         tbEmployee left outer JOIN  tbEmpSocialNetwork
ON tbEmployee.EmployeeId = tbEmpSocialNetwork.EmployeeId

How to alter view SQL Database
Altering view means making any modification in View syntax, that will not have any impact on data, but the output may change

Alter view [vwEmpSocialNetwork]             
// Specify all column names you want in view

How to drop view in SQL Database Dropping view means deleting the view from database permanently

drop view [vwEmpSocialNetwork]

Here you can see how to check dependency of any view, Just right click on view and then select "View Dependency"

You also can set permission of any view to particular user or user role,
Right Click => Select Properties

As you can see in the above picture, you can set permission to each view, give permission to user or some roles to access your view

View in SQL Database