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Querying Microsoft SQL Server with Transact-SQL

The Querying Microsoft SQL Server with Transact-SQL course covers the basics of the SQL language as implemented by Microsoft SQL Server.  The course is designed to give delegates practical experience in writing Transact-SQL statements using the SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) development environment.  The basic Transact-SQL statements, including the use of many built-in Transact-SQL functions are covered on this course.  This course covers Microsoft SQL Server up to version 2016.

The delegate will learn and acquire skills as follows:

  • 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

Who will the Course Benefit?

Anyone who needs to access and work with a Microsoft SQL Server Database.

Reset

Learning Objectives

To provide the Transact-SQL (T-SQL) coding skills needed to query and modify data held within a Microsoft SQL Server database.

Pre-Requisites

Requirements

There are no formal pre-requisites, although an understanding of databases and exposure to information technology in general would be useful.

Follow-On Courses

  • Advanced Querying Microsoft SQL Server with Transact-SQL
  • Programming Microsoft SQL Server with Transact-SQL

Course Content

Day 1

Course Introduction

  • Administration and Course Materials
  • Course Structure and Agenda
  • Delegate 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 FUNCTIONS

  • 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

Exams & Certification

This course will cover some of the topics required for exams 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server and 70-761:Querying Data with Transact-SQL.

Before taking any exam, ensure you have the recommended experience.  The Microsoft website lists all exam requirements and these are updated regularly.

Exams are not included as part of the course.

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