This article on the SQL Delete is a part of the SQL essential series on key statements, functions and operations in SQL Server.
To remove a row from a table is accomplished through a Data Manipulation Language, aka DML statement, using the delete keyword. The SQL delete operation is by far the simplest of all the DML commands. On execution of the delete command, we don’t have to worry about getting any form of data from the table, and we don’t have to worry about working with any data that we get back from the table(s). We just simply tell the database to delete a specific record, and it either does or it doesn’t. It’s that simple.
First, let’s quickly review what an SQL delete statement looks like. We need to tell the database and table from where it should delete the data. It’s a good idea to add a condition clause to set the scope of data deletion. Otherwise, it will delete everything on the table.