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SQL Programming Training

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On-Demand Training with Personal Facilitation

SQL Programming

Delivery Options: Attend face-to-face in the classroom, remote-live or via on-demand training.


Face-to-face or remote-live: $1695

On-demand: $1495

Discounts: We offer multiple discount options. Click here for more information.


Face-to-face or remote-live: 3 Days

On-demand: Approximately 21 hours of coursework with personal facilitation, to be completed in a four week span.


Face-to-face: Click here to view our schedules and register for in-person sessions.

Remote-live: Click here to register for live remote class sessions within a date range of your choosing.

On-demand: Click here to register for on-demand training with personal facilitation, on a start date of your choosing.

Students Will Learn

  • Designing normalized table structures for relational databases
  • Creating 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 to return totals and subtotals
  • Using table expressions

Course Description

This SQL programming course teaches students relational database fundamentals and SQL programming skills. Topics covered include relational database architecture, database design techniques, and simple and complex query skills. This SQL developer training class is intended for analysts, developers, designers, administrators, and managers who need to exploit the power of the SQL programming language. Upon completion, participants will understand SQL functions, join techniques, database objects and constraints, and will be able to write advanced SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE statements. Comprehensive hands on exercises are integrated throughout this SQL programming class to reinforce learning and develop real competency.

Students who require coverage of Microsoft-specific features including T-SQL data types, stored procedure enhancements, intrinsic functions, T-SQL cursors and table-valued functions should attend the Microsoft Transact-SQL Programming course rather than this course.

Course Prerequisites

General computer knowledge is required to learn SQL.

Course Overview

Relational Database Fundamentals
  • Overview of Relational Database Concepts
  • Relational Databases and Relational Database Management Systems
  • Data Normalization
  • DDL Syntax
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
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
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)
  • Performing Self-Joins
  • Subqueries
    • Simple
    • Correlated
  • Using the EXISTS Operator
  • Tips for Developing Complex SQL Queries
  • Using Aggregate Functions
    • AVG
    • COUNT
    • SUM
    • MIN
    • MAX
  • Performing Set Operations
    • UNION
  • 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
  • Implementing Data Integrity with Transactions
    • Beginning Explicit Transactions
    • Committing Transactions
    • Rolling Back Transactions
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
    • Variables and Parameters
  • Control of Program Flow
  • 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
Working with Table Expressions
  • Overview of Table Expressions
  • Working with Views
  • Using Derived Tables
  • Common Table Expressions
  • Table-Valued Functions

Course Benefits

  • Course materials include student guide, hands-on lab manual and USB flash drive for examples and lab work
  • Students receive a certificate of completion at the end of class
  • Students can retake any portion of a live class that has been completed, within 12 months at no extra cost
  • There are no registration fees or cancellation fees


We went with remote attendance and I believe it was the best class I have ever taken! Everything from receiving the equipment to attending the Fairfax, VA in class room class remotely was easy, non-stressful, and enjoyable. I was new to the course material as I had little experience in SQL. The course was easy to follow and learn the concepts then apply them in the lab work. The lab work had the most value for me because you were able to actually apply the concepts you were reading about. Lastly the remote course felt like we were there in the classroom. I will definitely keep HOTT in mind for any future training needed.
— S.K., NJM Insurance Group

I thought the class was very well done. I especially appreciated the hands on labs using computers. It was beneficial to see the code actually execute. Hands on training is the only way to learn SQL.
— S.B., FYI Solutions

This was the best SQL class I have been to. The instructor did an excellent job. He presented the material in a way that ensured everyone in the class was following along. I thought the learning material was well designed. I would recommend this class to my peers.
— G.G., Kaplan University

I want to first thank you for the training last week on SQL Programming. This was the most beneficial training I have ever received. I learned so much and have already been able to put a majority of it into use at my job. You did a great job explaining everything and answering all of my questions. I cannot thank you enough and express my gratitude on how valuable it was for me. I have already had experience in doing a self-join on a table, sub-queries, altering procedures, scalar and aggregate functions, and today I was able to use some of these to write a query that I put into a command in Crystal where I was able to create a report. Thanks!
— C.W., HTRI

Was surprised how much the class covered in 3 days! Very helpful.
— D.K., Hitachi Vantara

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