20461 Querying Microsoft SQL Server

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.

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20461 Querying Microsoft SQL Server

This 5-day instructor-led course provides students with the technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2014.

Overview

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.

The main purpose of the course is to prepare people for the exam “70-461: Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Transact-SQL.”

This exam will be the underlying exam for 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.

Note: This course is designed for customers who are interested in learning SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014. It covers the new features in SQL Server 2014, but also the important capabilities across the SQL Server data platform.

Prerequisites

Participants who wish to take up this course should meet the following prerequisites:
  • Working knowledge of relational databases
  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality

Who Should Attend?

This course is recommended 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.

Course Outline

  • 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
  • Introducing T-SQL
  • Understanding Sets
  • Understanding Predicate Logic
  • Understanding the Logical Order of Operations in SELECT statements
Lab: Introduction to Transact-SQL Querying
  • Writing Simple SELECT Statements
  • Eliminating Duplicates with DISTINCT
  • Using Column and Table Aliases
  • Writing Simple CASE Expressions
Lab: Writing Basic SELECT Statements
  • Understanding Joins
  • Querying with Inner Joins
  • Querying with Outer Joins
  • Querying with Cross Joins and Self Joins
Lab: Querying Multiple Tables
  • Sorting Data
  • Filtering Data with Predicates
  • Filtering with the TOP and OFFSET-FETCH
  • Working with Unknown Values
Lab: Sorting and Filtering Data
  • Introducing SQL Server 2014 Data Types
  • Working with Character Data
  • Working with Data and Time Data
Lab: Working with SQL Server 2014 Data Types
  • Inserting Data
  • Modifying and Deleting Data
Lab: Using DML to Modify Data
  • Writing Queries with Built-In Functions
  • Using Conversion Functions
  • Using Logical Functions
  • Using Functions to Work with NULL
Lab: Using Built-In Functions
  • Using Aggregate Functions
  • Using the GROUP BY Clause
  • Filtering Groups with HAVING
Lab: Grouping and Aggregating Data
  • Writing Self-Contained Subqueries
  • Writing Correlated Subqueries
  • Using the EXISTS Predicate with Subqueries
Lab: Using Subqueries
  • Using Views
  • Using Inline Table-Valued Functions
  • Using Derived Tables
  • Using Common Table Expressions
Lab: Using Table Expressions
  • Writing Queries with the UNION Operator
  • Using EXCEPT and INTERSECT
  • Using APPLY
Lab: Using Set Operators
  • Creating Windows with OVER
  • Exploring Windows Functions
Lab: Using Window Ranking, Offset and Aggregate Functions
  • Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
  • Working with Grouping Sets
Lab: Pivoting and Grouping Sets
  • Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
  • Passing Parameters to Stored Procedures
  • Creating Simple Stored Procedures
  • Working with Dynamic SQL
Lab: Executing Stored Procedures
  • T-SQL Programming Elements
  • Controlling Program Flow
Lab: Programming with T-SQL
  • Using TRY / CATCH Blocks
  • Working with Error Information
Lab: Implementing Error Handling
  • Transactions and the Database Engine
  • Controlling Transactions
Lab: Implementing Transactions
  • Factors in Query Performance
  • Displaying Query Performance Data
Lab: Improving Query Performance
  • Querying System Catalog Views and Functions
  • Executing System Stored Procedures
  • Querying Dynamic Management Objects
Lab: Querying SQL Server Metadata

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