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Microsoft SQL Server with Transact-SQL

Focus on Training
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5 days
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Course description

Microsoft SQL Server with Transact-SQL

The Microsoft SQL Server with Transact-SQL course is designed to review the basics of the SQL language and more as implemented by Microsoft SQL Server. Participants will receive practical experience in writing Transact-SQL statements by hand using the SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) development environment.

In addition, this course will cover the basic Transact-SQL statements, including the use of many built-in Transact-SQL functions, along with more advanced coding techniques required by Database Developers, Database Administrators and BI professionals. This course covers Microsoft SQL Server up to version 2016.

Suitability - Who should attend?

There are no specific pre-requisites to take this course. However, an understanding of databases and exposure to information technology in general would be beneficial.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

During this course participants will acquire the following skills: 

  • Writing SELECT queries
  • Sorting and filtering data
  • Using SQL aggregate functions
  • Using SET operators
  • Writing joins to query multiple tables
  • Using built-in functions
  • Using Subqueries
  • Inserting, updating, deleting and merging rows
  • Transaction control
  • Creating and using views
  • Using table expressions
  • Enhanced Grouping and Pivoting data
  • Using Windowing ranking, offset and ranking functions
  • Creating and using Stored Procedures
  • Controlling Program Flow
  • Using Dynamic SQL
  • Implementing Error Handling
  • Improving Query Performance
  • Transact-SQL (T-SQL) coding skills

Training Course Content

This course covers the following topics:

Day 1

Course Introduction

  • Administration and Course Materials
  • Course Structure and Agenda
  • Participant and Trainer Introductions

Session 1: Database Concepts

  • What is a database
  • Database management systems
  • Databases, Schemas, Tables, rows and columns
  • Indexes, primary keys, unique constraints and foreign keys
  • Supported data types
  • System Tables

Session 2: Using SQL Server Management Studio

  • Getting started with SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
  • Selecting a database
  • Entering and executing SQL statements
  • Creating, editing and executing SQL files

Session 3: Writing Select Queries

  • Writing simple SQL SELECT statement
  • Using DISTINCT to remove duplicate data
  • Filtering Data with Predicates
  • Logical operators
  • The ORDER BY clause
  • Filtering with the TOP and OFFSET-FETCH
  • Using Column aliases
  • Arithmetic expressions
  • Precedence of operators

Session 4: Using Set Operators

  • Writing Queries using the UNION operator
  • Using the INTERSECT operator
  • Using the EXCEPT operator
  • Introducing the APPLY operator

Session 5: Grouping and Aggregating Data

  • Using aggregate functions
  • Using the GROUP BY clause
  • Using Rollup with GROUP BY
  • Filtering grouped data with the HAVING clause

Day 2

Session 6: Querying Multiple Tables

  • Understanding JOINS
  • CROSS Joins
  • Using INNER Joins
  • Using Table Aliases
  • Using OUTER Joins: LEFT, RIGHT and FULL
  • Using SELF JOINS

Session 7: Numeric and Character Functions

  • Function types
  • Testing functions
  • Numeric functions
  • Character functions

Session 8: Date and Time Functions

  • Date and time column types
  • Date and time formats
  • Functions to return Today’s date and time
  • Functions to extract components of a date (Day, Month, Year)
  • Date time arithmetic
  • Displaying Dates in specific Date formats

Day 3

Session 9: Conversion and Miscellaneous Funcions

  • Converting a string to a date
  • Converting a string to a number
  • Converting a number to a string
  • Using Functions to work with NULL
  • Using CASE expressions

Session 10: Using Subqueries

  • Using self contained subqueries
  • Using correlated subqueries
  • Using the EXISTS predicate with subqueries

Session 11: Managing Data

  • Inserting rows
  • Updating rows
  • Deleting rows
  • Merging rows
  • The truncate statement
  • Transaction control

Day 4

Session 12: Using Table Expressions

  • Creating and using Views
  • Using Inline Table-Valued Functions
  • Using Derived Tables
  • Using Common Table Expressions

Session 13: Enhanced Grouping and Pivoting

  • Working with GROUPING SETS
  • Using PIVOT and UNPIVOT in Queries

Session 14: Using Windowing Functions

  • Using Window AGGREGATE functions in Queries
  • Using Window RANK functions in Queries
  • Using Window OFFSET functions in Queries

Day 5

Session 15: Implementing Stored Procedures

  • Overview of Stored Procedures
  • Creating simple Stored Procedures
  • Executing Stored Procedures
  • Passing parameters to Stored Procedures

Session 16: Programming with Transact-SQL

  • Using Programming Elements in Transact-SQL
  • Controlling Program Flow with IF/ELSE
  • Controlling Program Flow with WHILE
  • Working with Dynamic SQL

Session 17: Implementing Error Handling

  • Structured error handling with TRY / CATCH block
  • Unstructured error handling
  • Generating error message using THROW and RAISEERROR
  • Error handling in conjunction with Transaction Control

Session 18: Improving Query Performance

  • Factors in Query Performance
  • Displaying Query Performance Data


The cost of this course is £1650.

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