ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5


SQL is a computer language used by software developers to communicate with databases. It stands for Structured Query Language.

A database is a lot like a filing cabinet. It has drawers (called tables) and each drawer holds folders (called rows). Inside each folder, there is important information (called columns). To get information from the database, a software developer has to ask it questions.
SQL is the language used to ask these questions.

For example, if you wanted to get all the recipes for chocolate cake in the database, you could use SQL to ask the database: “Please give me all the recipes for chocolate cake.” The database would then search through its rows and columns to find the answer you’re looking for.