Course 20461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server

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This 5-day instructor led course 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.

Who Should Attend:

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.

At Course Completion:

After completing this course, students will be able to:
•Describe the basic architecture and concepts of Microsoft SQL Server 2014.
•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 subqueries
•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
•Implement transactions


Module 1: Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2014

•The Basic Architecture of SQL Server
•SQL Server Editions and Versions
•Getting Started with SQL Server Management Studio
Lab : Working with SQL Server 2014 Tools
•Working with SQL Server Management Studio
•Creating and Organizing T-SQL scripts
•Using Books Online

Module 2: Introduction to T-SQL Querying

•Introducing T-SQL
•Understanding Sets
•Understanding Predicate Logic
•Understanding the Logical Order of Operations in SELECT statements
Lab : Introduction to Transact-SQL Querying
•Executing Basic SELECT Statements
•Executing queries which filter data using predicates
•Executing queries which sort data using ORDER BY

Module 3: Writing SELECT Queries

•Writing Simple SELECT Statements
•Eliminating Duplicates with DISTINCT
•Using Column and Table Aliases
•Writing Simple CASE Expressions
Lab : Writing Basic SELECT Statements
•Write simple SELECT Statements
•Eliminate Duplicates Using Distinct
•Use Table and Column Aliases
•Use a Simple CASE Expression

Module 4: Querying Multiple Tables

•Understanding Joins
•Querying with Inner Joins
•Querying with Outer Joins
•Querying with Cross Joins and Self Joins
Lab : Querying Multiple Tables
•Writing Queries That Use Inner Joins
•Writing Queries That Use Multiple-Table Inner Join
•Writing Queries That Use Self Joins
•Writing Queries That Use Outer Joins
•Writing Queries That Use Cross Joins

Module 5: Sorting and Filtering Data

•Sorting Data
•Filtering Data with a WHERE Clause
•Filtering with the TOP and OFFSET-FETCH Options
•Working with Unknown and Missing Values
Lab : Sorting and Filtering Data
•Writing Queries That Filter Data Using a WHERE Clause
•Writing Queries That Filter Data Using an ORDER BY Clause
•Writing Queries That Filter Data Using the TOP Option
•Writing Queries That Filter Data Using the OFFSET-FETCH Clause

Module 6: Working with SQL Server 2014 Data Types

•Introducing SQL Server 2014 Data Types
•Working with Character Data
•Working with Date and Time Data
Lab : Working with SQL Server 2014 Data Types
•Writing Queries That Return Date and Time Data
•Writing Queries That Use Date and Time Functions
•Writing Queries That Return Character Data
•Writing Queries That Use Character Functions

Module 7: Using DML to Modify Data

•Inserting Data
•Modifying and Deleting Data
Lab : Using DML to Modify Data
•Inserting Data
•Updating and Deleting Data

Module 8: Using Built-In Functions

•Writing Queries with Built-In Functions
•Using Conversion Functions
•Using Logical Functions
•Using Functions to Work with NULL
Lab : Using Built-In Functions
•Write queries which use conversion functions
•Write queries which use logical functions
•Write queries which test for null ability

Module 9: Grouping and Aggregating Data

•Using Aggregate Functions
•Using the GROUP BY Clause
•Filtering Groups with HAVING
Lab : Grouping and Aggregating Data
•Write queries which use the GROUP BY clause
•Write queries which use aggregate functions
•Write queries which use distinct aggregate functions
•Write queries which filter groups with the HAVING clause

Module 10: Using Subqueries

•Writing Self-Contained Subqueries
•Writing Correlated Subqueries
•Using the EXISTS Predicate with Subqueries
Lab : Using Subqueries
•Write queries which use self-contained subqueries
•Write queries which use scalar and multi-result subqueries
•Write queries which use correlated subqueries and EXISTS predicate

Module 11: Using Table Expressions

•Using Derived Tables
•Using Common Table Expressions
•Using Views
•Using Inline Table-Valued Functions
Lab : Using Table Expressions
•Write Queries Which Use Views
•Write Queries Which Use Derived Tables
•Write Queries Which Use Common Table Expressions
•Write Queries Which Use Inline Table-Valued Functions

Module 12: Using Set Operators

•Writing Queries with the UNION Operator
•Using APPLY
Lab : Using Set Operators
•Write queries which use UNION set operators and UNION ALL multi-set operators
•Write queries which use CROSS APPLY and OUTER APPLY operators
•Write queries which use EXCEPT and INTERSECT operators

Module 13: Using Window Ranking, Offset, and Aggregate Functions

•Creating Windows with OVER
•Exploring Window Functions
Lab : Using Window Ranking, Offset and Aggregate Functions
•Write queries which use ranking functions
•Write queries which use offset functions
•Write queries which use window aggregate functions

Module 14: Pivoting and Grouping Sets

•Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
•Working with Grouping Sets
Lab : Pivoting and Grouping Sets
•Write queries which use the PIVOT operator
•Write queries which use the UNPIVOT operator
•Write queries which use the GROUPING SETS subclause

Module 15: Executing Stored Procedures

•Querying Data with Stored Procedures
•Passing Parameters to Stored Procedures
•Creating Simple Stored Procedures
•Working with Dynamic SQL
Lab : Executing Stored Procedures
•Use the EXECUTE statement to invoke stored procedures
•Pass parameters to stored procedures
•Execute system stored procedures

Module 16: Programming with T-SQL

•T-SQL Programming Elements
•Controlling Program Flow
Lab : Programming with T-SQL
•Declaring Variables and Delimiting Batches
•Using Control-of-Flow Elements
•Generating Dynamic SQL
•Using Synonyms

Module 17: Implementing Error Handling

•Using TRY / CATCH Blocks
•Working with Error Information
Lab : Implementing Error Handling
•Redirecting Errors with TRY / CATCH
•Using THROW to Pass an Error Message Back to a Client

Module 18: Implementing Transactions

•Transactions and the Database Engine
•Controlling Transactions
•Isolation Levels
Lab : Implementing Transactions
•Controlling transactions with BEGIN, COMMIT, and ROLLBACK
•Adding error handling to a CATCH block

Module 19: Improving Query Performance

•Factors in Query Performance
•Displaying Query Performance Data
Lab : Improving Query Performance
•Viewing Query Execution Plans
•Viewing Index Usage and Using SET STATISTICS Statements

Module 20: Querying SQL Server Metadata

•Querying System Catalog Views and Functions
•Executing System Stored Procedures
•Querying Dynamic Management Objects
Lab : Querying SQL Server Metadata
•Querying System Catalog Views
•Querying System Functions
•Querying System Dynamic Management Views
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