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Overview

This Querying Microsoft SQL Server training class provides students with the technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2014. This course is the foundation for all SQL Server-related disciplines; namely, Database Administration, Database Development and Business Intelligence. This course helps people prepare for exam 70-461.

This course is intended for Database Administrators, Database Developers, and Business Intelligence professionals. The course will very likely be well attended by SQL power users who aren’t necessarily database-focused or plan on taking the exam; namely, report writers, business analysts and client application developers.

Goals
  1. Learn to write SELECT queries.
  2. Learn to query multiple tables.
  3. Learn to sort and filter data.
  4. Learn to describe the use of data types in SQL Server.
  5. Learn to modify data using Transact-SQL.
  6. Learn to use built-in functions.
  7. Learn to group and aggregate data.
  8. Learn to use subqueries.
  9. Learn to use table expressions.
  10. Learn to use set operators.
  11. Learn to use window ranking, offset and aggregate functions.
  12. Learn to implement pivoting and grouping sets.
  13. Learn to execute stored procedures.
  14. Learn to program with T-SQL.
  15. Learn to implement error handling.
  16. Learn to implement transactions.
Outline
  1. Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2014
    1. The Basic Architecture of SQL Server
    2. SQL Server Editions and Versions
    3. Getting Started with SQL Server Management Studio
    4. Lab: Working with SQL Server 2014 Tools
      1. Working with SQL Server Management Studio
      2. Creating and Organizing T-SQL scripts
      3. Using Books Online
  2. Introduction to T-SQL Querying
    1. Introducing T-SQL
    2. Understanding Sets
    3. Understanding Predicate Logic
    4. Understanding the Logical Order of Operations in SELECT statements
    5. Lab: Introduction to Transact-SQL Querying
      1. Executing Basic SELECT Statements
      2. Executing queries which filter data using predicates
      3. Executing queries which sort data using ORDER BY
  3. Writing SELECT Queries
    1. Writing Simple SELECT Statements
    2. Eliminating Duplicates with DISTINCT
    3. Using Column and Table Aliases
    4. Writing Simple CASE Expressions
    5. Lab: Writing Basic SELECT Statements
      1. Write simple SELECT Statements
      2. Eliminate Duplicates Using Distinct
      3. Use Table and Column Aliases
      4. Use a Simple CASE Expression
  4. Querying Multiple Tables
    1. Understanding Joins
    2. Querying with Inner Joins
    3. Querying with Outer Joins
    4. Querying with Cross Joins and Self Joins
    5. Lab: Querying Multiple Tables
      1. Writing Queries That Use Inner Joins
      2. Writing Queries That Use Multiple-Table Inner Join
      3. Writing Queries That Use Self Joins
      4. Writing Queries That Use Outer Joins
      5. Writing Queries That Use Cross Joins
  5. Sorting and Filtering Data
    1. Sorting Data
    2. Filtering Data with a WHERE Clause
    3. Filtering with the TOP and OFFSET-FETCH Options
    4. Working with Unknown and Missing Values
    5. Lab: Sorting and Filtering Data
      1. Writing Queries That Filter Data Using a WHERE Clause
      2. Writing Queries That Filter Data Using an ORDER BY Clause
      3. Writing Queries That Filter Data Using the TOP Option
      4. Writing Queries That Filter Data Using the OFFSET-FETCH Clause
  6. Working with SQL Server 2014 Data Types
    1. Introducing SQL Server 2014 Data Types
    2. Working with Character Data
    3. Working with Date and Time Data
    4. Lab: Working with SQL Server 2014 Data Types
      1. Writing Queries That Return Date and Time Data
      2. Writing Queries That Use Date and Time Functions
      3. Writing Queries That Return Character Data
      4. Writing Queries That Use Character Functions
  7. Using DML to Modify Data
    1. Inserting Data
    2. Modifying and Deleting Data
    3. Lab: Using DML to Modify Data
      1. Inserting Data
      2. Updating and Deleting Data
  8. Using Built-In Functions
    1. Writing Queries with Built-In Functions
    2. Using Conversion Functions
    3. Using Logical Functions
    4. Using Functions to Work with NULL
    5. Lab: Using Built-In Functions
      1. Write queries which use conversion functions
      2. Write queries which use logical functions
      3. Write queries which test for nullability
  9. Grouping and Aggregating Data
    1. Using Aggregate Functions
    2. Using the GROUP BY Clause
    3. Filtering Groups with HAVING
    4. Lab: Grouping and Aggregating Data
      1. Write queries which use the GROUP BY clause
      2. Write queries which use aggregate functions
      3. Write queries which use distinct aggregate functions
      4. Write queries which filter groups with the HAVING clause
  10. Using Subqueries
    1. Writing Self-Contained Subqueries
    2. Writing Correlated Subqueries
    3. Using the EXISTS Predicate with Subqueries
    4. Lab: Using Subqueries
      1. Write queries which use self-contained subqueries
      2. Write queries which use scalar and multi-result subqueries
      3. Write queries which use correlated subqueries and EXISTS predicate
  11. Using Table Expressions
    1. Using Derived Tables
    2. Using Common Table Expressions
    3. Using Views
    4. Using Inline Table-Valued Functions
    5. Lab: Using Table Expressions
      1. Write Queries Which Use Views
      2. Write Queries Which Use Derived Tables
      3. Write Queries Which Use Common Table Expressions
      4. Write Queries Which Use Inline Table-Valued Functions
  12. Using Set Operators
    1. Writing Queries with the UNION Operator
    2. Using EXCEPT and INTERSECT
    3. Using APPLY
    4. Lab: Using Set Operators
      1. Write queries which use UNION set operators and UNION ALL multi-set operators
      2. Write queries which use CROSS APPLY and OUTER APPLY operators
      3. Write queries which use EXCEPT and INTERSECT operators
  13. Using Window Ranking, Offset, and Aggregate Functions
    1. Creating Windows with OVER
    2. Exploring Window Functions
    3. Lab: Using Window Ranking, Offset and Aggregate Functions
      1. Write queries which use ranking functions
      2. Write queries which use offset functions
      3. Write queries which use window aggregate functions
  14. Pivoting and Grouping Sets
    1. Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
    2. Working with Grouping Sets
    3. Lab: Pivoting and Grouping Sets
      1. Write queries which use the PIVOT operator
      2. Write queries which use the UNPIVOT operator
      3. Write queries which use the GROUPING SETS subclause
  15. Executing Stored Procedures
    1. Querying Data with Stored Procedures
    2. Passing Parameters to Stored Procedures
    3. Creating Simple Stored Procedures
    4. Working with Dynamic SQL
    5. Lab: Executing Stored Procedures
      1. Use the EXECUTE statement to invoke stored procedures
      2. Pass parameters to stored procedures
      3. Execute system stored procedures
  16. Programming with T-SQL
    1. T-SQL Programming Elements
    2. Controlling Program Flow
    3. Lab: Programming with T-SQL
      1. Declaring Variables and Delimiting Batches
      2. Using Control-of-Flow Elements
      3. Generating Dynamic SQL
      4. Using Synonyms
  17. Implementing Error Handling
    1. Using TRY / CATCH Blocks
    2. Working with Error Information
    3. Lab: Implementing Error Handling
      1. Redirecting Errors with TRY / CATCH
      2. Using THROW to Pass an Error Message Back to a Client
  18. Implementing Transactions
    1. Transactions and the Database Engine
    2. Controlling Transactions
    3. Isolation Levels
    4. Lab: Implementing Transactions
      1. Controlling transactions with BEGIN, COMMIT, and ROLLBACK
      2. Adding error handling to a CATCH block
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Class Prerequisites

Experience in the following is required for this SQL Server class:

  • Working knowledge of relational databases.
  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
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