This course is designed to introduce students to Transact-SQL. It is designed in such a way that the first three days can be taught as a course to students requiring the knowledge for other courses in the SQL Server curriculum. Days 4 & 5 teach the remaining skills required to take exam 70-761.
After completing this course, students will be able to:
- Describe key capabilities and components of SQL Server.
- Describe T-SQL, sets, and predicate logic.
- Write a single table SELECT statement.
- Write a multi-table SELECT statement.
- Write SELECT statements with filtering and sorting.
- Describe how SQL Server uses data types.
- Write DML statements.
- Write queries that use built-in functions.
- Write queries that aggregate data.
- Write subqueries.
- Create and implement views and table-valued functions.
- Use set operators to combine query results.
- Write queries that use window ranking, offset, and aggregate functions.
- Transform data by implementing pivot, unpivot, rollup and cube.
- Create and implement stored procedures.
- Add programming constructs such as variables, conditions, and loops to T-SQL code.
The main purpose of the course is to give students a good understanding of the Transact-SQL language which is used by 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.
- Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
- Working knowledge of relational databases.
Module 1: Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server
- The Basic Architecture of SQL Server
- SQL Server Editions and Versions
- Getting Started with SQL Server Management Studio
Module 2: Introduction to T-SQL Querying
- Introducing T-SQL
- Understanding Sets
- Understanding Predicate Logic
- Understanding the Logical Order of Operations in SELECT statements
Module 3: Writing SELECT Queries
- Writing Simple SELECT Statements
- Eliminating Duplicates with DISTINCT
- Using Column and Table Aliases
- Writing Simple CASE Expressions
Module 4: Querying Multiple Tables
- Understanding Joins
- Querying with Inner Joins
- Querying with Outer Joins
- Querying with Cross Joins and Self Joins
Module 5: Sorting and Filtering Data
- Sorting Data
- Filtering Data with Predicates
- Filtering Data with TOP and OFFSET-FETCH
- Working with Unknown Values
Module 6: Working with SQL Server Data Types
- Introducing SQL Server Data Types
- Working with Character Data
- Working with Date and Time Data
Module 7: Using DML to Modify Data
- Adding Data to Tables
- Modifying and Removing Data
- Generating automatic column values
Module 8: Using Built-In Functions
- Writing Queries with Built-In Functions
- Using Conversion Functions
- Using Logical Functions
- Using Functions to Work with NULL
Module 9: Grouping and Aggregating Data
- Using Aggregate Functions
- Using the GROUP BY Clause
- Filtering Groups with HAVING
Module 10: Using Subqueries
- Writing Self-Contained Subqueries
- Writing Correlated Subqueries
- Using the EXISTS Predicate with Subqueries
Module 11: Using Table Expressions
- Using Views
- Using Inline Table-Valued Functions
- Using Derived Tables
- Using Common Table Expressions
Module 12: Using Set Operators
- Writing Queries with the UNION operator
- Using EXCEPT and INTERSECT
- Using APPLY
Module 13: Using Windows Ranking, Offset, and Aggregate Functions
- Creating Windows with OVER
- Exploring Window Functions
Module 14: Pivoting and Grouping Sets
- Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
- Working with Grouping Sets
Module 15: Executing Stored Procedures
- Querying Data with Stored Procedures
- Passing Parameters to Stored procedures
- Creating Simple Stored Procedures
- Working with Dynamic SQL
Module 16: Programming with T-SQL
- T-SQL Programming Elements
- Controlling Program Flow
Module 17: Implementing Error Handling
- Implementing T-SQL error handling
- Implementing structured exception handling
Module 18: Implementing Transactions
- Transactions and the database engines
- Controlling transactions
- Course 20762 Developing SQL Databases
- Course 20764 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure
- Course 20767 Implementing a SQL Data Warehouse
- MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Development (Exam 70-761)