Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Course:  SSQRY
Duration:  5 Days
Level:  I
Course Summary

This 5-day instructor led course provides students with the technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2012. 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.

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Topics Covered In This Course

Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2012

  • Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Getting Started with SQL Server Management Studio
  • Creating and Organizing T-SQL scripts
  • Using Books Online

Getting Started with SQL Azure

  • Overview of SQL Azure
  • Working with SQL Azure

Introduction to T-SQL Querying

  • Introducing T-SQL
  • Understanding Sets
  • Understanding Predicate Logic
  • Understanding the Logical Order of Operations in SELECT statements

Writing SELECT Queries

  • Writing Simple SELECT Statements
  • Eliminating Duplicates with DISTINCT
  • Using Column and Table Aliases
  • Writing Simple CASE Expressions

Querying Multiple Tables

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

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

Working with SQL Server 2012 Data Types

  • Introducing SQL Server 2012 Data Types
  • Working with Character Data
  • Working with Date and Time Data

Using Built-In Functions

  • Writing Queries with Built-In Functions
  • Using Conversion Functions
  • Using Logical Functions
  • Using Functions to Work with NULL

Grouping and Aggregating Data

  • Using Aggregate Functions
  • Using the GROUP BY Clause
  • Filtering Groups with HAVING

Using Subqueries

  • Writing Self-Contained Subqueries
  • Write queries which use scalar and multi-result subquerie
  • Writing Correlated Subqueries
  • Using the EXISTS Predicate with Subqueries

Using Table Expressions

  • Using Derived Tables
  • Using Common Table Expressions
  • Using Views
  • Using Inline Table-Valued Functions

Using Set Operators

  • Writing Queries with the UNION Operator
  • Write queries which use CROSS APPLY and OUTER APPLY operators

Using Window Ranking, Offset and Aggregate Functions

  • Creating Windows with OVER
  • Exploring Window Functions

Pivoting and Grouping Sets

  • Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
  • Working with the GROUPING SETS subclause

Querying SQL Server Metadata

  • Querying System Catalog Views and Functions
  • Executing System Stored Procedures
  • Querying Dynamic Management Objects

Executing Stored Procedures

  • Querying Data with Stored Procedures
  • Passing Parameters to Stored Procedures
  • Creating Simple Stored Procedures
  • Execute system stored procedures
  • Working with Dynamic SQL

Programming with T-SQL

  • T-SQL Programming Elements
  • Controlling Program Flow
  • Declaring Variables and Delimiting Batches
  • Generating Dynamic SQL
  • Using Synonyms

Implementing Error Handling

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

Implementing Transactions

  • Transactions and the Database Engine
  • Controlling Transactions with BEGIN, COMMIT, and ROLLBACK
  • Adding error handling to a CATCH block

Improving Query Performance

  • Factors in Query Performance
  • Displaying Query Performance Data
  • Viewing Query Execution Plans
  • Viewing Index Usage and Using SET STATISTICS Statements
What You Can Expect

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Write SELECT queries
  • Query multiple tables
  • Use built-in functions
  • Use subqueries
  • Execute stored procedures
  • Use set operators
  • Implement error handling
  • Implement transactions
  • Use table expressions
  • Sort and filter data
  • Use window ranking, offset and aggregate functions
  • Query SQL Server metadata
  • Program with T-SQL
  • Improve query performance
Who Should Take This Course

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.

Recommended Prerequisites

Students must have a working knowledge of relational databases, and basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.

Training Style

Instructor led with 50% lecture and 50% lab.

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Related Courses
Code Course Title Duration Level
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Introduction to Querying
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SQL Server 2012 for Developers
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