Ess Queue Ell or Sequel for SQL

How is "SELECT *" read in English? [closed]

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Recently A friend told me that they like SQL in the US Pronounce squel , not how es-qu-el . I was surprised. I was wondering how "SELECT *" is read / pronounced when speaking.

  • Select star?
  • Select asterisk?
  • Do you choose all?


I live in the US and almost always hear like it Select Star is pronounced

And I usually use continuation instead of es-qu-el, because it has fewer syllables and seems easier to say

SQL was originally called SEQUEL, which is why a lot of people say it that way.

However, ANSI stated that sometime in the 1980s it was called SQL (es-q-el) (it was already being written SQL by then) (at the first standardization conference in 1986).

Personally, since the creators of SEQUEL called it that, I find it more respectful to call it that (Ray Boyce died of brain aneurism before SQL was standardized) as opposed to some committee names. (Not to mention the vast majority of the people who used SQL at the time called it SEQUEL. So that's the original use of organic language.)

However, there is no controversy over how you say I suppose that "select all" is most useful in terms of communication, but there is no canonically correct way and you will hear people say it quite a lot , Star select, asterisk is rhythmically bad and no that is, it is unlikely that anyone would ever use this phrase. Because it sounds stupid.

To update:

I wrongly remembered Ray Boyce's cause of death, brain aneurism (one of the creators of SEQUEL) - not a car accident.

The voice in my head (well, one of them) reads this to me as "select all" as I read it, so that's how I pronounce it.

I think each of the three would convey what you mean. I really don't think it matters as long as you are understood.

When you say English, do you mean Great Britain?

If yes, then:

SQL is mostly used as a Squel pronounced, sometimes it is called called es-qu-el

"Select Star" is usually what I hear in the UK.

At one time I did NC installations across a large number of computers and operating systems. One of the things I learned is to feel the local catchphrases and speak to the business in their local jargon. ie a Univac "file" is similar to a PC "folder".
If you are talking to the crowds, the most used is the best.
As an an example:

This is a good example of how keywords change over time. And yes, I came across a couple of them while doing installations.
(It's also a meter and rhyme poem.)

I come from the USA and I name it es-que-el, but I've heard it called a sequel many times, and even if I know the story, I still don't like it.

I also always call it "picking a star".

"Everything choose "Can be misleading when you tell someone he is." everything should enter what he could actually enter. "" And "Pick asterisk" is a sip.

I may be in the minority, but I read SELECT * as "select all".

On the other hand, I am speaking SQL too as a "continuation" (except, of course, in the case of PostgreSQL). What can I say, I was weaned on ASP and Microsoft SQL Server.

I live in the United States, in the Pacific Northwest, and I never listen to Es-Que-El here.

I started saying Es-Que-El and every time I heard someone say Sequel it hurt my brain, but since most (if not all) of my coworkers said Sequel, including the people in our database administration Shop, I gave up and went with the flow. Nowadays it is listening to Es-Que-El that hurts my brain.

Since we're using the Microsoft SQL Server product and apparently nobody says "Es-Que-El Server" (sounds awful), all you hear is "Sequel Server".

And in our organization we say "SELECT Star" for SELECT *.

IMHO, "SEQUEL" sounds really perverted to me so I say it as "Es-Que-El" .

I say "SELECT *" as "select all" .

My preferred pronunciation sounds simple and cool to me.

There is a contingent of people (they tend to have long gray beards in my experience) who refer to the "*" character as "Splat".

They also tend to "!" "Bang" and "#" "sharp".

When working with the graybeard I used to work with, it wasn't uncommon to hear "Select Splat from".

Select star. And Sea Quell, because it sounds more English than ess-queue-elle (which sounds better with an American accent). My company is called char star as in char *. Stern just sounds good.

We had one of those old guys in college (though it's been long enough that I'm technically old now). SQL was a contraction of SEQueL, a structured English QUEry language. I've heard squirrels use too.

As an aside, # as hot as hashish is fine with me.

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