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Querying SQL Server With T-SQL – Master The SQL Syntax

Querying SQL Server is an art.  Master the syntax needed to harness the power using SQL / T-SQL to get data out of this powerful database. You will gain the necessary technical skills to craft basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server.

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Querying SQL Server With T-SQL – Master The SQL Syntax
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Elevate Your Skills in SQL and T-SQL Querying

Are you looking to master the art of querying SQL Server? Our T-SQL online practice course is designed to provide you with the in-depth knowledge and technical skills you need to excel in SQL and T-SQL querying. This course is perfect for Database Administrators, Database Developers, and Business Intelligence professionals aiming to upgrade their skills in SQL Server Querying.

What You Will Learn

  • Construct Basic T-SQL Queries: Learn how to construct basic T-SQL queries to obtain data from SQL Server tables.
  • Data Manipulation: Gain hands-on experience in using DML to modify data in SQL Server.
  • Advanced SQL Techniques: Dive into advanced topics like error handling, transaction management, and database security optimization.

Querying SQL Course Outline

The course is broken down into 16 comprehensive modules, each focusing on a specific aspect of T-SQL querying in SQL Server. Here’s what you can expect:

Module 1 – Query Tools

Module 1 serves as an introduction to the course and the essential query tools used in SQL Server. It covers the basics of Management Studio and command-line query tools, providing you with the foundational knowledge you need to start querying in SQL Server effectively. This module is crucial for those new to SQL and T-SQL, as it sets the stage for more advanced topics.

Module 2 – Introduction to T-SQL Querying

This module dives into the core of T-SQL querying. It introduces you to T-SQL, helps you understand sets, and explains the logical order of operations in SELECT statements. Understanding these basics is critical for anyone looking to master querying data with Transact-SQL and sets the foundation for more complex SQL Server queries.

Module 3 – Basic SELECT Queries

Module 3 focuses on writing basic SELECT queries in SQL Server. You’ll learn how to write simple SELECT statements, eliminate duplicates with DISTINCT, and use column and table aliases. This module also introduces you to CASE expressions, which are essential for querying SQL data conditionally.

Module 4 – Querying Multiple Tables

In this module, you’ll explore the intricacies of querying multiple tables in SQL Server. You’ll understand the different types of joins, including inner and outer joins, as well as cross joins and self joins. This knowledge is essential for querying data from multiple tables and understanding the relationships between them.

Module 5 – Sorting and Filtering Data

Module 5 teaches you how to sort and filter data in SQL Server. You’ll learn various techniques for sorting data and filtering it with predicates. The module also covers the use of TOP and OFFSET-FETCH for more advanced data filtering, as well as how to work with unknown values in SQL queries.

Module 6 – Working with SQL Server Data Types

This module focuses on SQL Server data types, particularly date, time, and character data. You’ll learn how to write queries that return these types of data and use specific functions to manipulate them. Understanding SQL Server data types is crucial for effective T-SQL querying and data manipulation.

Module 7 – Using DML to Modify Data

Module 7 introduces you to Data Manipulation Language (DML) in SQL Server. You’ll learn how to insert, update, and delete records using DML commands. This module is essential for anyone who needs to not just query but also modify data in SQL Server.

Module 8 – Using Built-In Functions

In this module, you’ll learn about the built-in functions available in SQL Server for querying and data manipulation. You’ll explore conversion functions, logical functions, and functions that work with NULL values. These built-in functions are powerful tools for T-SQL querying and data manipulation.

Module 9 – Grouping and Aggregating Data

Module 9 focuses on grouping and aggregating data in SQL Server. You’ll learn how to use aggregate functions and the GROUP BY clause to summarize data. The module also covers the HAVING clause for filtering groups, which is essential for advanced SQL data analysis.

Module 10 – Using Subqueries

This module delves into the use of subqueries in SQL Server. You’ll learn how to write self-contained and correlated subqueries and use the EXISTS predicate with subqueries. Understanding subqueries is crucial for writing complex SQL queries and for querying data with Transact-SQL effectively.

Module 11 – Using Table Expressions

Module 11 introduces you to table expressions in SQL Server. You’ll learn about views, inline table-valued functions, derived tables, and common table expressions. These table expressions are essential for simplifying complex queries and making your T-SQL code more readable.

Module 12 – Using Set Operators

In this module, you’ll learn about set operators in SQL Server, such as UNION, EXCEPT, and INTERSECT. You’ll also explore the APPLY operator. Understanding set operators is crucial for combining multiple queries into a single query and for advanced T-SQL querying techniques.

Module 13 – Using Window Ranking, Offset, and Aggregate Functions

Module 13 focuses on window functions in SQL Server. You’ll learn how to create windows with the OVER clause and explore various window functions. These functions are essential for advanced data analysis and for querying SQL data in a more sophisticated manner.

Module 14 – Pivoting and Grouping Sets

This module teaches you how to pivot and group data in SQL Server. You’ll learn how to write queries with the PIVOT and UNPIVOT operators and work with grouping sets. These techniques are essential for transforming data and for advanced SQL data analysis.

Module 15 – Implementing Error Handling

Module 15 focuses on error handling in SQL Server. You’ll learn how to implement T-SQL error handling and structured exception handling. Understanding error handling is crucial for writing robust SQL queries and for effective database management.

Module 16 – Managing Transactions

The final module of the course covers transactions in SQL Server. You’ll learn about the database engine’s role in transactions and how to control them. This module wraps up the course by teaching you how to ensure data integrity through effective transaction management.

Why Choose This Querying SQL Course?

  • T-SQL Certification: Earn a T-SQL certification upon completion to validate your new skills.
  • Interactive Learning: Engage in interactive sessions with real-world examples.
  • T-SQL Online Practice: Get access to T-SQL online practice exercises to reinforce your learning.

Who Is This T-SQL Course For?

This comprehensive course is designed for a wide range of professionals who are looking to deepen their understanding of SQL Server and enhance their data manipulation and querying skills. Whether you’re a Database Administrator, Database Developer, Business Intelligence Analyst, Data Analyst, Data Scientist, Software Developer, Systems Analyst, or Data Engineer, this course has something to offer you.

Enroll Now and Start Your Journey in Mastering Querying Data with Transact-SQL!

By enrolling in this course, you’ll gain the skills needed to construct basic to advanced T-SQL queries, manipulate data in SQL Server, and understand the nuances of SQL vs TSQL. Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your career in SQL Server Querying. Enroll now!

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Key Term Knowledge Base: Key Terms Related to Microsoft SQL Server 2019 and T-SQL Querying

Understanding key terms in SQL Server 2019 and T-SQL is essential for database professionals to effectively manage and query data within SQL databases.

TermDefinition
SQL ServerA relational database management system developed by Microsoft
T-SQLTransact-SQL, an extension of SQL used in SQL Server
QueryA request for data or information from a database
TableA collection of related data held in a structured format within a database
DatabaseAn organized collection of data, generally stored and accessed electronically
JOINA SQL operation used to combine rows from two or more tables
Primary KeyA unique identifier for each row in a table
IndexA database object that improves the speed of data retrieval
Stored ProcedureA group of SQL statements that has been created and stored in the database
ViewA virtual table based on the result-set of an SQL statement
FunctionA subroutine used in database and programming languages
TriggerA database object that automatically executes in response to certain events on a particular table or view
Data Manipulation Language (DML)A subset of SQL used for inserting, updating, and deleting data
Data Definition Language (DDL)A subset of SQL used for defining or modifying data structures
TransactionA sequence of operations performed as a single logical unit of work
SchemaThe structure of a database system, described in a formal language
NormalizationThe process of organizing data to reduce redundancy and improve data integrity
ConstraintA rule applied to data in a table, enforcing certain conditions
Foreign KeyA set of one or more columns in a table that refers to the primary key in another table
SQL InjectionA code injection technique used to attack data-driven applications
Data TypeThe characteristic of a variable that determines what kind of data it can hold
Query OptimizationThe process of enhancing the performance of a SQL query
CursorA database object used to traverse and manipulate the records in a result set
BatchA group of SQL statements submitted as a unit to SQL Server for execution
Aggregate FunctionA function in SQL that operates on a set of values and returns a single value
SubqueryA query nested within another SQL query

This list provides a foundational understanding of key terms and concepts necessary for working with Microsoft SQL Server 2019 and T-SQL querying.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Querying SQL Server

What are the differences between SQL and T-SQL when querying SQL Server databases?

SQL (Structured Query Language) is a standard language for querying and manipulating databases, whereas T-SQL (Transact-SQL) is Microsoft’s implementation of SQL for SQL Server. T-SQL includes additional procedural programming constructs, system functions, and error handling that are not available in standard SQL. Understanding the nuances between SQL and T-SQL can help you write more effective queries in SQL Server.

How can I improve my skills in T-SQL querying for SQL Server?

To improve your skills in T-SQL querying, consider taking a comprehensive T-SQL certification course that covers everything from basic SELECT queries to advanced topics like error handling and transaction management. Hands-on practice is also essential; many courses offer T-SQL online practice exercises to reinforce your learning.

What are the best practices for querying data from multiple tables in SQL Server?

When querying data from multiple tables in SQL Server, it’s crucial to understand different types of joins, such as inner joins, outer joins, cross joins, and self joins. Using the appropriate join can significantly affect the performance and accuracy of your queries. Also, always be mindful of the logical order of operations in your SELECT statements to ensure you get the expected results.

How do I use T-SQL to filter and sort data in SQL Server?

T-SQL offers various ways to filter and sort data. You can use the WHERE clause to filter data based on specific conditions and the ORDER BY clause to sort data. For advanced filtering, you can use the TOP and OFFSET-FETCH clauses. Understanding these T-SQL querying techniques is essential for effective data manipulation in SQL Server.

How can I achieve T-SQL certification to validate my skills in querying SQL Server?

Many educational platforms offer T-SQL certification courses that provide a thorough understanding of querying SQL Server. Upon completing the course and passing any required exams, you’ll earn a T-SQL certification that serves as a testament to your skills and knowledge in SQL Server querying.

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Microsoft SQL Server 2019 - Querying SQL Server Course Content

Module 1 - Query Tools

  •    1.1 Course Introduction
  •    1.2 Module 1 Introduction
  •    1.3 Intro to Management Studio
  •    1.4 Intro to command-line query tools

Module 2 - Introduction to T-SQL Querying

  •    2.1 Module 2 Introduction
  •    2.2 Introducing T-SQL
  •    2.3 Understanding Sets
  •    2.4 Understanding the Logical Order of Operations in SELECT statements

Module 3 - Basic SELECT Queries

  •    3.1 Module 3 Introduction
  •    3.2 Writing Simple SELECT Statements
  •    3.3 Eliminate Duplicates with DISTINCT
  •    3.4 Using Column and Table Aliases
  •    3.5 Write Simple CASE Expressions

Module 4 - Querying Multiple Tables

  •    4.1 Module 4 Introduction
  •    4.2 Understanding Joins
  •    4.3 Querying with Inner Joins
  •    4.4 Querying with Outer Joins
  •    4.5 Querying with Cross Joins and Self Joins

Module 5 - Sorting and Filtering Data

  •    5.1 Module 5 Introduction
  •    5.2 Sorting Data
  •    5.3 Filtering Data with Predicates
  •    5.4 Filtering with the TOP and OFFSET-FETCH
  •    5.5 Working with Unknown Values

Module 6 - Working with SQL Server Data Types

  •    6.1 Module 6 Introduction
  •    6.2 Writing Queries that return Date and Time Data
  •    6.3 Writing Queries that use Date and Time Functions
  •    6.4 Writing Queries that return Character Data
  •    6.5 Writing Queries that use Character Functions

Module 7 - Using DML to Modify Data

  •    7.1 Module 7 Introduction
  •    7.2 Inserting Records with DML
  •    7.3 Updating Records Using DML
  •    7.4 Deleting Records Using DML

Module 8 - Using Built-In Functions

  •    8.1 Module 8 Introduction
  •    8.2 Writing Queries with Built-In Functions
  •    8.3 Using Conversion Functions
  •    8.4 Using Logical Functions
  •    8.5 Using Functions to Work with NULL

Module 9 - Grouping and Aggregating Data

  •    9.1 Module 9 Introduction
  •    9.2 Using Aggregate Functions
  •    9.3 Using the GROUP BY Clause
  •    9.4 Filtering Groups with HAVING

Module 10 - Using Subqueries

  •    10.1 Module 10 Introduction
  •    10.2 Writing Self-Contained Subqueries
  •    10.3 Writing Correlated Subqueries
  •    10.4 Using the EXISTS Predicate with Subqueries

Module 11 - Using Table Expressions

  •    11.1 Module 11 Introduction
  •    11.2 Using Views
  •    11.3 Using Inline Table-Valued Functions
  •    11.4 Using Derived Tables
  •    11.5 Using Common Table Expressions

Module 12 - Using Set Operators

  •    12.1 Module 12 Introduction
  •    12.2 Writing Queries with the UNION operator
  •    12.3 Using EXCEPT and INTERSECT
  •    12.4 Using APPLY

Module 13 - Using Window Ranking, Offset, and Aggregate Functions

  •    13.1 Module 13 Introduction
  •    13.2 Creating Windows with OVER
  •    13.3 Exploring Window Functions

Module 14 - Pivoting and Grouping Sets

  •    14.1 Module 14 Introduction
  •    14.2 Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
  •    14.3 Working with Grouping Sets

Module 15 - Implementing Error Handling

  •    15.1 Module Introduction
  •    15.2 Implementing T-SQL error handling
  •    15.3 Implementing structured exception handling

Module 16 - Managing Transactions

  •    16.1 Module 16 Introduction
  •    16.2 Transactions and the Database Engine
  •    16.3 Controlling Transactions
  •    16.4 Course Wrap Up
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