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T-SQL Programming Course


Microsoft Transact-SQL Programming

Duration: 5 Days | Price: $2595 *California residents and government employees call for pricing.

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Students Will Learn:

  • Design normalized table structures for relational databases
  • Create databases and tables
  • Using primary and foreign keys
  • Writing SQL queries
  • Using inner and outer joins
  • Using set operators (UNION, INTERSECT, EXCEPT)
  • Using subqueries
  • Using triggers and stored procedures
  • Using aggregate functions┬áto return totals and subtotals
  • Programming features of T-SQL
  • Common table expressions
  • T-SQL specific data types and functions
  • T-SQL cursors

Course Description: This Transact-SQL programming course teaches students relational database fundamentals and SQL programming skills in the Microsoft SQL Server environment. Topics covered include relational database architecture, database design techniques, and simple and complex query skills. The course also covers Microsoft-specific T-SQL programming constructs, predefined data types including XML, creation and use of stored procedures and user-defined functions, use of cursors and updateable views.

This class is intended for analysts, developers, designers, administrators, and managers new to the SQL programming language. Upon completion, participants will understand SQL functions, join techniques, database objects and constraints, and will be able to write useful stored procedures and views as well as complex queries and updates. Comprehensive hands on exercises are integrated throughout to reinforce learning and develop real competency.

Course Prerequisites: General computer knowledge. Familiarity with relational database concepts is helpful but not required.

Follow-up SQL 2012 Courses: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Administration, SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services, SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence Application Development (SSRS, SSIS, SSAS), SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence: Integration Services and Analysis Services

Follow-up SQL 2014 Courses: Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Administration, SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services, SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence Application Development (SSRS, SSIS, SSAS), SQL Server 2014 Business Intelligence: Integration Services and Analysis Services

Microsoft Transact-SQL Programming Course Overview:

Relational Database Fundamentals
  • Overview of Relational Database Concepts
  • Relational Databases and Relational Database Management Systems
  • Data Normalization
Creating a Database
  • Database Development Methodology Overview
  • Building a Logical Data Model
    • Identifying Entities and Attributes
    • Isolating Keys
    • Relationships Between Entities
    • Creating Entity-Relationship Diagrams
  • Transforming to Physical Design
    • Migrating Entities to Tables
    • Selecting Primary Keys
    • Defining Columns
    • Enforcing Relationships with Foreign Keys
  • Constructing the Database Using DDL
    • Creating Tables, Indexes, Constraints and Views
    • Dropping Tables, Indexes, Constraints and Views
    • Modifying Tables, Indexes, Constraints and Views
Writing Basic SQL Queries
  • Displaying Table Structures
  • Retrieving Column Data From a Table or View
  • Selecting Unique Values
  • Filtering Rows Using the WHERE Clause
  • Sorting Results Using ORDER BY
  • Joining Multiple Tables
  • Using Column and Table Aliases
Manipulating Query Results
  • Using Row Functions
    • Character
    • Numeric
    • Date and Time
    • Data Conversion (CAST and CONVERT)
  • Using the CASE Function
  • Handling Null Values
Advanced Query Techniques
  • Inner Joins
  • Outer Joins (Left, Right, Full)
  • Joining a Table to Itself
  • Subqueries
  • Tips for Developing Complex SQL Queries
  • Using Aggregate Functions
    • AVG
    • COUNT
    • SUM
    • MIN
    • MAX
  • Aggregating Results Using GROUP BY
  • Restricting Groups with the HAVING Clause
  • Creating Temporary Tables
Manipulating Table Data Using SQL's Data Manipulation Language (DML)
  • Inserting Data into Tables
  • Updating Existing Data
  • Deleting Records
  • Truncating Tables
User-Defined Functions
  • Definition and Benefits of Use
    • Syntax
    • RETURN Clause and the RETURNS Statement
    • Scalar vs. Table Functions
  • Comparison with Stored Procedures
  • Returning Scalar Values and Tables
Stored Procedures
  • Definition and Benefits of Use
    • Syntax
    • Defining Input Parameters
    • Defining Output Parameters
    • Defining Optional Parameters
  • Implementation Differences
  • Definition and Benefits of Use
  • Alternatives (e.g., Constraints)
    • Syntax
    • Trigger Types
  • "Inserted" (or "NEW") and "Deleted" (or "OLD") Tables
  • Event Handling and Trigger Execution
Complex Queries
  • Using Wildcard Characters with Like
  • Improving SQL Queries with Common Table Expressions (CTE’s)
  • Using the OUTPUT clause
  • Allowing Users to Build SQL Queries Dynamically
T-SQL Code Constructs
  • Exploiting the Programming Features of T-SQL
    • Conditional Constructs
    • Looping Constructs
  • Building Multi-Batch Scripts
  • Invoking System Functions
  • Using Variables in Scripts
  • Using Temporary Tables in Scripts
  • Handling Errors
    • Using TRY...CATCH Blocks
    • Using System Variables and Functions
Working with Data Types and Functions
  • Effective Use of Data Types in SQL
    • String
    • Numeric
    • Time/Date
    • Other
  • Substitution of Non-null Values with the COALESCE and ISNULL Functions
  • Analyzing Data Points Using Ranking Functions
Using T-SQL Cursors
  • Overview of Cursors
  • Declaring a Cursor
  • FETCHing Results
  • Testing @@FETCH_STATUS and @@CURSOR_ROWS
  • Updating Records with Cursors
Working with Views
  • Benefits of Using Views
  • Creating Views
  • Modifying Data with an Updateable View
Working with XML
  • Benefits of XML
  • Working with XML Documents
  • Working with XML Schemas
  • Storing Data in XML Data Type
  • Working with XML Methods
    • Query
    • Exist
    • Value
    • Modify
    • Nodes
  • Producing XML from SELECT Statements Using the FOR XML Clause
  • Validating XML Using XML Schemas

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