Thanks John and Steve,
That is exactly the information I was looking for. I will be working with Excel end-users who want to use PowerPivot to generate Pivot Tables in Excel. None of them, as far as I know, have, or need for their day to day jobs, any knowledge of data management. Most likely they will be analyzing data that other staff (DBA or designate) will provide them. The interface for creating PowerPivots refers to tables and view; I just want to be able to give the a reasonable, accurate, but non-technical response when someone asks the question, “What’s a view?”
The relative capabilities of each are for you to explore, as John has said,
but the simplest explanation for your end-user is that a SQL Server View is analogous to an Access SELECT Query.
Access' action queries would be performed by stored procedures in MS-SQL.
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A View is a Query, but a Query is not a View. In other words, a Query is a subset of a View - you can do much more with a View. For example, a View can contain one or more Common Table Expressions (CTE) to simplify or enhance the result of the final query. You can't use a CTE in an Access query - you have to build a query on other queries.
Does that help?
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If you were to describe a View to an excel user who has little or no familiarity with SQL Server or databases generally, would it be correct to suggest “Query” as an analogous term? For my own edification, how does a view differ from a query?
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