Sunday, November 8, 2015


SQL is a language that is needed to run queries (post questions to) against SQL Server databases. It is not specific to Microsoft SQL Server. It can also be used with other databases like Oracle, Sybase, etc.

However Transact SQL (T-SQL) is the enhancement to add some programming capability to SQL. Each database vendor has his own database specific programming capability. For example PL/SQL is Oracle specific procedural programming capability on top of SQL.

Common Language Runtime is the programming that manages the execution of programs written in any of the supported languages such as C#, VB, Visual C++ etc to share common object orineted classes. Thiss is somewhat like Java Virtual Machine for programs run from Java. CLR is also called 'managed execution environment'. CLR is therefore related to .NET programming.

SQL Common Language Runtime (SQLCLR) is the combo technology (SQL Server and .NET) for hosting .NET common language runtime engine within SQL Server. In other words you can run managed code from within SQL Server.

Creating a Visual C++ CLR Console Application in Visual Studio 2015 go here.