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Course 20761: Querying Data with Transact-SQL 2016

Duration: 90-days online access
ILT Classroom: 3 days
Audience: IT Professionals
Certification: MCSA
Exam: 70-761
Level: 200

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About this course
The main purpose of this 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.

Audience profile
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; namely, report writers, business analysts and client application developers.

At course completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic architecture and concepts of Microsoft SQL Server 2016.
  • Understand the similarities and differences between Transact-SQL and other computer languages.
  • 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

Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2016
    This module introduces SQL Server, the versions of SQL Server, including cloud versions, and how to connect to SQL Server using SQL Server Management Studio.
  • Module 2: Introduction to T-SQL Querying
    This module introduces the elements of T-SQL and their role in writing queries, describes the use of sets in SQL Server, describes the use of predicate logic in SQL Server, and describes the logical order of operations in SELECT statements.
  • Module 3: Writing SELECT Queries
    This module introduces the fundamentals of the SELECT statement, focusing on queries against a single table. Writing Simple SELECT Statements, Eliminating Duplicates with DISTINCT, Using Column and Table Aliases, Writing Simple CASE Expressions
  • Module 4: Querying Multiple Tables
    This module explains how to write queries which combine data from multiple sources in SQL Server. The module introduces the use of JOINs in T-SQL queries as a mechanism for retrieving data from multiple tables. Querying with Inner Joins, Outer Joins, Cross Joins and Self Joins.
  • Module 5: Sorting and Filtering Data
    This module explains how to enhance queries to limit the rows they return, and to control the order in which the rows are displayed. The module also discusses how to resolve missing and unknown results. Sorting Data, Filtering Data with Predicates, Filtering with the TOP and OFFSET-FETCH Options, Working with Unknown Values.
  • Module 6: Working with SQL Server 2016 Data Types
    This module explains the data types SQL Server uses to store data. It introduces the many types of numeric and special-use data types. It also explains conversions between data types, and the importance of type precedence. Numeric data types, type precedence, type conversions, Character Data, Date and Time Data.
  • Module 7: Using DML to Modify Data
    This module describes the use of Transact-SQL Data Manipulation Language to perform inserts, updates, and deletes to your data.
  • Module 8: Using Built-In Functions
    This module introduces the use of functions that are built in to SQL Server, and will discuss some common usages including data type conversion, testing for logical results and nullability. Writing Queries with Built-In Functions, Using Conversion Functions, Using Logical Functions, Using Functions to Work with NULL.
  • Module 9: Grouping and Aggregating Data
    This module introduces methods for grouping data within a query, aggregating the grouped data and filtering groups with HAVING. The module is designed to help the student grasp why a SELECT clause has restrictions placed upon column naming in the GROUP BY clause as well as which columns may be listed in the SELECT clause.
  • Module 10: Using Subqueries
    This module will introduce the use of subqueries in various parts of a SELECT statement. It will include the use of scalar and multi-result subqueries, and the use of the IN and EXISTS operators. Writing Self-Contained Subqueries, Writing Correlated Subqueries. Using the EXISTS Predicate with Subqueries.
  • Module 11: Using Set Operators
    This module introduces the set operators UNION, INTERSECT, and EXCEPT to compare rows between two input sets.

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