It is important to note that for most databases,
you will actually need to log on. That is, most databases implement
a security system that gives various users different privileges to do
different things such as READ ONLY or READ/WRITE.
Most likely, your database administrator will
have provided you with a login name and a password. She will
also have either provided you with the net address of the
database so you can log in remotely, or has given you a
direct command line shell.
Once you are logged in to a database, you
can begin to populate the database with data or extract already
existing data. Let's look first at populating the database.