A VIEW is a compiled object. Data is always stored in the databases tables and through view you are looking at...
the underlying data
SELECT a.col1, b.col2 from TABLE_A a, TABLE_B b WHERE a.col3 = b.col4
is equivalent to:
CREATE VIEW a_view AS SELECT a.col1, b.col2 from TABLE_A a, TABLE_B b WHERE a.col3 = b.col4
SELECT * FROM a_view
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