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hi, please tell the what are instance and schema incase of dbms? please explain me with some e.g.
i googled for schema, it says no. of records, data type, attributes, etc... does it mean that schema is another name of table?
 
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No. A schema is a group of tables owned by the same user. For example I could have "vinod" schema and "jeanne" schemas in the same database instance. Each could have a "test" table because the schema gives a different namespace. Like a package does in Java.

A database instance is even higher level. Kind of like a separate database except it shares the same binaries. You can have the "vinod" schema in both database instances because they are separate.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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