This guide covers the SQL statement for dropping (deleting) one or more view objects.
A View is an object that presents data from one or more tables.
Note: before deleting or changing data or objects, remember to have a fresh backup.
We will cover:
- Using SQL to drop a table
- Using the workbench to drop a view
We’ll be using MySQL for the demontration. Check the manual for this function in other Database Managers.
We’ll drop the view called
students_dropMe_v , which was created just for this purpose.
DROP VIEW [IF EXISTS] view_name [, view_name] ...
Drop View SQL
The if exists portion will “trap” errors, should the view not exist.
drop view if exists students_dropMe_v;
The view after creation:
Using the Workbench
From the workbench:
- Right click on the view to drop
- select drop view from the menu
- Select either either a) run SQL to review the SQL statement to be executed or b) drop new
*As with all of these SQL things there is MUCH MORE to them than what’s in this introductory guide. I hope this at least gives you enough to get started.
Please see the manual for your database manager and have fun trying different options yourself.*
Here’s the SQL I used to create the table that we just dropped:
create view `students_dropMe_v` as select FullName, programOfStudy from student where programOfStudy = 'Programming';