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Introduction to Databases

A database is a collection of data that is structured to allow for manipulation. This session will introduce one type of database, the relational database, using SQLite, a portable implementation often used in mobile phones and distributed systems. After completing this session, attendees will be able to create tables and insert, read, and delete data in an SQLite database using SQLiteStudio. Attendees will also learn to query a database using SQL statements executed in a Python script.

Introduction to databases
Building a database
Building tables
Inserting data into tables
Updating table fields
Foreign keys!
Challenge: Build more tables!
General database queries
Importing a csv file into a SQL table
More querying
Challenge: Use queries to summarize your data
Databases vs. Excel
SQL + Python = Awesome!


SQLite (already present on OSX)

Additional Resources

Fun Times with SQLite!
SQL designer
Importable NYPL items csv
SQL Cheatsheet

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