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SQL Server 2014 and 2012

Querying Microsoft SQL Server
(Microsoft Training Course: 20461) - 5 days - £1850 exc VAT

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> Target Audience
This course provides students with the technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2014. It is intended for Database Administrators, Database Developers, and Business Intelligence professionals.
> Course outline
  1. Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  2. Introduction to T-SQL Querying
  3. Writing SELECT Queries
  4. Querying Multiple Tables
  5. Sorting and Filtering Data
  6. Working with SQL Server 2014 Data Types
  7. Using DML to Modify Data
  8. Using Built-In Functions
  9. Grouping and Aggregating Data
  10. Using Subqueries
  11. Using Table Expressions
  12. Using Set Operators
  13. Using Window Ranking, Offset, and Aggregate Functions
  14. Pivoting and Grouping Sets
  15. Executing Stored Procedures
  16. Programming with T-SQL
  17. Implementing Error Handling
  18. Implementing Transactions

Supplementary InformationSubject to demand, training course MS20461 (SQL Server 2014) may be merged with MS10774 (SQL Server 2012), as recommended by Microsoft.
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
Skills
  • Describe the architecture and editions of SQL Server 2012
  • Work with SQL Server Management Studio
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Module 2: Introduction to T-SQL Querying
  • Introducing T-SQL
  • Understanding Sets & 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
Skills
  • Describe the elements of T-SQL and their role in writing queries
  • Describe the use of sets in SQL Server
  • Describe the use of predicate logic in SQL Server
  • Describe the logical order of operations in SELECT statements
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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
Skills
  • Write simple SELECT statements
  • Eliminate duplicates using the DISTINCT clause
  • Use column and table aliases
  • Write simple CASE expressions
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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
Skills
  • Describe how multiple tables may be queried in a SELECT statement using joins
  • Write queries that use inner or outer joins
  • Write queries that use self-joins and cross joins
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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 & 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
Skills
  • Filter data with predicates in the WHERE clause
  • Sort data using ORDER BY
  • Filter data in the SELECT clause with TOP
  • Filter data with OFFSET and FETCH
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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, That Use Date and Time Functions, That Return Character Data, That Use Character Functions
Skills
  • Describe numeric data types, type precedence and type conversions
  • Write queries using character data types and using date and time data types
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Module 7: Using DML to Modify Data
  • Inserting, Modifying and Deleting Data
  • Lab: Using DML to Modify Data
  • Inserting Data, Updating and Deleting Data
Skills
  • Insert new data into your tables
  • Update & delete existing records in tables
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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 nullability
Skills
  • Write queries with built-in scalar functions
  • Use conversion functions
  • Use logical functions
  • Use functions that work with NULL
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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, which use aggregate functions and distinct aggregate functions, which filter groups with the HAVING clause
Skills
  • Write queries which summarize data using built-in aggregate functions
  • Use the GROUP BY clause to arrange rows into groups
  • Use the HAVING clause to filter out groups based on a search condition
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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, scalar and multi-result subqueries, correlated subqueries and EXISTS predicate
Skills
  • Describe the uses of queries which are nested within other queries
  • Write self-contained/correlated subqueries which return scalar or multi-valued results
  • Use the EXISTS predicate to efficiently check for the existence of rows in a subquery
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Module 11: Using Table Expressions
  • Using Derived Tables, Common Table Expressions, Views, Inline Table-Valued Functions
  • Lab: Using Table Expressions
  • Write Queries Which Use Views, Derived Tables, Common Table Expressions, Inline Table-Valued Functions
Skills
  • Write queries which use derived tables and common table expressions
  • Create simple views and write queries against them
  • Create simple inline table-valued functions and write queries against them
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Module 12: Using Set Operators
  • Writing Queries with the UNION Operator
  • Using EXCEPT and INTERSECT and 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
Skills
  • Write queries which combine data using the UNION operator
  • Write queries which compare sets using the INTERSECT and EXCEPT operators
  • Write queries which manipulate rows in a table by using APPLY with the results of a derived table or function
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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
Skills
  • The benefits to using window functions
  • Restrict window functions to rows defined in an OVER clause
  • Write queries which use window functions to operate on a window of rows and return ranking, aggregation and offset comparison results
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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 or the UNPIVOT operator
  • Write queries which use the GROUPING SETS subclause
Skills
  • Write queries which pivot and unpivot result sets, write queries which specify multiple groupings with grouping sets
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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
Skills
  • Return results by executing procedures
  • Pass parameters to procedures
  • Create simple stored procedures which encapsulate a SELECT statement
  • Construct and execute dynamic SQL with EXEC and sp_executesql
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Module 16: Programming with T-SQL
  • T-SQL Programming Elements
  • Lab: Programming with T-SQL
  • Declaring Variables and Delimiting Batches
  • Using Control-of-Flow Elements
  • Generating Dynamic SQL, Using Synonyms
Skills
  • Describe the language elements of T-SQL used for simple programming tasks
  • Describe batches and how they are handled by SQL Server
  • Declare and assign variables & synonyms
  • Use IF and WHILE blocks
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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
Skills
  • Describe SQL Server's behavior when errors occur in T-SQL code
  • Implement structured exception handling
  • Return information about errors from system objects, raise user-defined errors and pass system errors in T-SQL code
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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
Skills
  • Describe transactions and batches
  • Create and manage transactions with transaction control language statements
  • Use SET XACT_ABORT to define SQL Server's handling of transactions outside TRY / CATCH blocks
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> Pre-Requisites
Before attending this course, students must have the following pre-requisites:
  • Working knowledge of relational databases.
  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
> Purpose
After completing this course, students will be able to 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.
> Supplementary Information
Subject to demand, training course MS20461 (SQL Server 2014) may be merged with MS10774 (SQL Server 2012), as recommended by Microsoft.