MySQL Altering tables


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The format of an existing database table can be changed with an ALTER TABLE query . This query can make a single alteration or specify as number of alterations as comma-separated list.
In the ADD COLUMN and DROP COLUMN examples the COLUMN  keyword is optional- it is what the manual calls “a pure noise word” that is only there to aid readability.
An ALTER TABLE query can ADD a complete new COLUMN to an existing table , like this : It can also ADD a PRIMARY KEY to an existing column definition using this syntax : An ALTER TABLE query can CHANGE the name of an existing column. The new column will not inherit any data type or modifiers specified to the original column – these must be set a new in the ALTER TABLE query, like this : delete an entire column from the table using the DROP COLUMN keywords : Ex :

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