Course Information

Overview

This 5 day course is intended for students new to querying and programming with Microsoft SQL Server products and who need a total immersion in the subject on the SQL Server 2014 platform. This is a comprehensive and intensive course with plenty of illustrated examples and augmented with practical hands-on exercises. All of the recently added and enhanced Transact-SQL features introduced in SQL Server (such as Window Functions) are included here to enable delegates to fully leverage the power of this latest release of Microsoft’s flagship database product. To cater for the more experienced SQL Server developer, this course can also be tailored to include only the material required.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the Primary Components of a Typical SQL Server 2014 Installation
  • Identify the Tools Available in SQL Server 2014
  • Use SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
  • Understand the Components of Transact-SQL (T-SQL)
  • Retrieve, Filter and Sort Data
  • Work with the Native SQL Server Data Types
  • Use Variables
  • Work with SQL Server Date and Time Data
  • Query Data from Multiple Tables by Using Joins
  • Summarize and Group Data
  • Use Window Functions for Ranking and Aggregating Data
  • Combine and Limit Result Sets
  • Work with Subqueries
  • Use Crosstab Queries
  • Use Common Table Expressions
  • Modify Data with INSERT, DELETE and UPDATE
  • Merge Data with the MERGE Statement
  • Understand and Implement Transactions
  • Understand SQL Server Locks
  • Understand SQL Server Indexes
  • Create and Manage Views
  • Control the Flow of Program Execution
  • Create and Implement Stored Procedures
  • Handle Errors and Execptions
  • Create and Implement User Defined Functions
  • Create and Implement Triggers

Target Student

This 5 day course is intended for students new to querying with Microsoft SQL Server products and who need a total immersion in the subject of SQL Server 2014.

Prerequisites

Students should ideally be familiar with basic programming concepts. They should also understand the fundamental design of relational databases including, but not restricted to, the purpose of primary and foreign keys, entity relationships, and data normalization.

Outline

  • Identify the Tools and Components of SQL Server
  • Identifying the Elements of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
  • Objects in a SQL Server Database
  • Synonyms
  • Database Diagrams
  • Components of a SQL Server Database Table
  • ANSI-SQL and Transact-SQL (T-SQL)
  • Categories of SQL Statements
  • T-SQL Scripts
  • Using Batches
  • Adding Comments to T-SQL Code
  • Examine the Basic Syntax of the SELECT Statement
  • Using String Literals and Expressions
  • Retrieving Columns of Data from a Table
  • Using Aliases for Column Names
  • How to Use the WHERE Clause
  • Overview of Operators
  • Filter Data by Using Comparison Operators
  • Filter Data by Using String Comparisons
  • Filter Data by Using Logical Operators
  • Filter Data Using a Range of Values
  • Filter Data Using a List of Values
  • Filter Data with NULL Values
  • Sorting Data Using the ORDER BY Claus
  • Overview of Operators
  • Eliminating Duplicate Rows with DISTINCT
  • Introducing Native SQL Server Functions
  • Functions Relating to NULL Values
  • Using the CASE Expression
  • Native SQL Server Data Types
  • Working with Variables
  • Data Type Precedenc
  • Implicit Data Type Conversions
  • Explicit Data Type Conversion Functions
  • Querying and Modifying Date and Time Data
  • Explicit Data Type Conversion Functions
  • Introduction to Joins
  • Using Inner Joins
  • Using Outer Joins
  • Using Cross Joins
  • Using Aliases for Table Names
  • Joining More than Two Tables
  • Joining a Table to Itself (Self Join)
  • Using Non-Equi Joins
  • Using Aggregate Functions Native to SQL Server
  • Using Aggregate Functions with NULL Values
  • Grouping Summarized Data with GROUP BY
  • Filtering Grouped Data Using the HAVING Clause
  • Using the ROLLUP and CUBE Operators
  • Using GROUPING SETS
  • Aggregate Window Functions
  • Ranking Window Functions
  • Analytic Window Functions
  • Combining Result Sets Using the UNION Operator
  • Using the EXCEPT and INTERSECT Operators
  • Using UNION, EXCEPT, and INTERSECT Together
  • Limiting Result Sets Using the TOP Operator
  • Using OFFSET/FETCH NEXT Filters
  • Using the TABLESAMPLE Operator
  • Introduction to Subqueries
  • Using Subqueries as Expressions and Derived Tables
  • Using Correlated Subqueries
  • Using EXISTS with Correlated Subqueries
  • Using the APPLY Operator
  • Temporary Tables
  • Using the PIVOT Operator
  • Using the UNPIVOT Operator
  • 13. Common Table Expressions
  • Introduction to Common Table Expressions
  • Using Common Table Expressions
  • Recursive Queries Using Common Table Expressions
  • Inserting a Single Row into a Table
  • Inserting Multiple Rows into a Table
  • Inserting Values into Identity Columns
  • The SEQUENCE Object
  • Differentiating Various INSERT Statements
  • Using the OUTPUT Clause with the INSERT Statement
  • Deleting Rows from a Table
  • Truncating a Table
  • Deleting Rows Based on Data in Other Tables
  • Using the OUTPUT Clause with the DELETE Statement
  • Updating Rows in a Table
  • Updating Rows Based on Data in Other Tables
  • Using the OUTPUT Clause with the UPDATE
  • The MERGE Statement
  • Practical Examples of Using MERGE
  • What Is a Transaction?
  • How SQL Server Modifies Data in Tables
  • Managing Transactions
  • Nested Transactions
  • Transaction Isolation Levels
  • SQL Server Locking Architecture
  • Managing Locks
  • How SQL Server Processes T-SQL Queries
  • Execution Plans
  • Dynamically Generating T-SQL Code
  • Understanding SQL Server Index Architecture
  • Creating and Using Non-Clustered Indexes
  • Creating and Using Clustered Indexes
  • Writing Efficient Search Arguments
  • Overview of Views
  • Creating and Modifying a View
  • Considerations When Creating Views
  • Examining the Impact of Using SELECT * in Views
  • Restrictions for Modifying Data by Using Views
  • Indexed Views
  • Partitioned Views
  • Control-of-Flow Language Statements
  • Logical Functions
  • Overview of Stored Procedures
  • How Stored Procedures Are Executed by SQL Server
  • Creating and Using a Stored Procedure
  • Parameterising Stored Procedures
  • Returning Values from a Stored Procedure
  • Using Table Valued Parameters (TVPs)
  • Controlling Execution Context
  • Using @@ERROR
  • Using RAISERROR
  • Using TRY…CATCH
  • Using the THROW Statement
  • Overview of User Defined Functions (UDFs)
  • Creating and Modifying UDFs
  • Restrictions When Creating UDFs
  • Implementing Different Types of UDFs
  • Overview of Triggers
  • How Triggers Work
  • AFTER Triggers
  • INSTEAD OF Triggers
  • Overview of DDL Triggers
  • Understanding Metadata
  • Querying Metadata by Using Views
  • Querying Metadata by Using Stored Procedures
  • Querying Metadata by Using Functions
  • Metadata Discovery in SQL Server
  • Ad Hoc Distributed Queries
  • Linked Servers
  • Distributed Queries Against Linked Servers
Dates and Prices

There are currently no public dates for this course. This course can be run as a private course either at one of our training centers or at your offices. To get pricing for this use our quote wizard to generate a customised quote or call us on 0118 324 3000 to discuss your requirements.

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Testimonials

  • Noel was an excellent tutor. He did check all of the group was able to keep up and if there were any problems or questions of the attendants, he was always willing to help.

    Marianne Seager-Wincanton
  • This was a really good training, nicely paced, very useful and well presented. Thank you, Stuart!

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