Querying Data with Transact-SQL - 20761 Course Outline
The main purpose of this 3 day instructor led course is to give students a good understanding of the Transact-SQL language which is used by all SQL Server-related disciplines; namely, Database Administration, Database Development and Business Intelligence. As such, the primary target audience for this course is: Database Administrators, Database Developers and BI professionals.
The course will very likely be well attended by SQL power users who arenít necessarily database-focused; namely, report writers, business analysts and client application developers.
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MOC On-Demand 20761: Querying Data with Transact SQL
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 arenít necessarily database-focused; namely, report writers, business analysts and client application developers.
Working knowledge of relational databases.
Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
At course completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the basic architecture and concepts of Microsoft SQL Server 2016.
Understand the similarities and differences between Transact-SQL and other computer languages.
Write SELECT queries
Query multiple tables
Sort and filter data
Describe the use of data types in SQL Server
Modify data using Transact-SQL
Use built-in functions
Group and aggregate data
Use table expressions
Use set operators
Use window ranking, offset and aggregate functions
Implement pivoting and grouping sets
Execute stored procedures
Program with T-SQL
Implement error handling
Module 1: Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2016
This module introduces SQL Server, the versions of SQL Server, including cloud versions, and how to connect to SQL Server using SQL Server Management Studio.
The Basic Architecture of SQL Server
SQL Server Editions and Versions
Getting Started with SQL Server Management Studio
Lab : Working with SQL Server 2016 Tools
Module 2: Introduction to T-SQL Querying
This module introduces the elements of T-SQL and their role in writing queries, describes the use of sets in SQL Server, describes the use of predicate logic in SQL Server, and describes the logical order of operations in SELECT statements.
Understanding Predicate Logic
Understanding the Logical Order of Operations in SELECT statements
Lab : Introduction to Transact-SQL Querying
Module 3: Writing SELECT Queries
This module introduces the fundamentals of the SELECT statement, focusing on queries against a single table.
Writing Simple SELECT Statements
Eliminating Duplicates with DISTINCT
Using Column and Table Aliases
Writing Simple CASE Expressions
Lab : Writing Basic SELECT Statements
Module 4: Querying Multiple Tables
This module explains how to write queries which combine data from multiple sources in SQL Server. The module introduces the use of JOINs in T-SQL queries as a mechanism for retrieving data from multiple tables.
Querying with Inner Joins
Querying with Outer Joins
Querying with Cross Joins and Self Joins
Lab : Querying Multiple Tables
Module 5: Sorting and Filtering Data
This module explains how to enhance queries to limit the rows they return, and to control the order in which the rows are displayed. The module also discusses how to resolve missing and unknown results.
Filtering Data with Predicates
Filtering with the TOP and OFFSET-FETCH Options
Working with Unknown Values
Lab : Sorting and Filtering Data
Module 6: Working with SQL Server 2016 Data Types
This module explains the data types SQL Server uses to store data. It introduces the many types of numeric and special-use data types. It also explains conversions between data types, and the importance of type precedence.
Introducing SQL Server 2016 Data Types
Working with Character Data
Working with Date and Time Data
Lab : Working with SQL Server 2016 Data Types
Module 7: Using DML to Modify Data
This module describes the use of Transact-SQL Data Manipulation Language to perform inserts, updates, and deletes to your data.
Modifying and Deleting Data
Lab : Using DML to Modify Data
Module 8: Using Built-In Functions
This module introduces the use of functions that are built in to SQL Server Denali, and will discuss some common usages including data type conversion, testing for logical results and nullability.
Writing Queries with Built-In Functions
Using Conversion Functions
Using Logical Functions
Using Functions to Work with NULL
Lab : Using Built-In Functions
Module 9: Grouping and Aggregating Data
This module introduces methods for grouping data within a query, aggregating the grouped data and filtering groups with HAVING. The module is designed to help the student grasp why a SELECT clause has restrictions placed upon column naming in the GROUP BY clause as well as which columns may be listed in the SELECT clause.
Using Aggregate Functions
Using the GROUP BY Clause
Filtering Groups with HAVING
Lab : Grouping and Aggregating Data
Module 10: Using Subqueries
This module will introduce the use of subqueries in various parts of a SELECT statement. It will include the use of scalar and multi-result subqueries, and the use of the IN and EXISTS operators.
Writing Self-Contained Subqueries
Writing Correlated Subqueries
Using the EXISTS Predicate with Subqueries
Lab : Using Subqueries
Module 11: Using Set Operators
This module introduces the set operators UNION, INTERSECT, and EXCEPT to compare rows between two input sets.
Writing Queries with the UNION Operator
Using EXCEPT and INTERSECT
Lab : Using SET Operators
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