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MS20461D - Querying Microsoft SQL Server

This 5-day instructor led course provides students with the technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2014. This course is the foundation for all SQL Server-related disciplines; namely, Database Administration, Database Development and Business Intelligence. The main purpose of the course is to prepare people for the exam "70-461: Writing Queries Using Microsoft® SQL Server® 2014 Transact-SQL." This exam will be the underlying exam for 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.

Note: This course is designed for customers who are interested in learning SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014. It covers the new features in SQL Server 2014, but also the important capabilities across the SQL Server data platform.

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Prerequisites


This course requires that you meet the following prerequisites:
  • Working knowledge of relational databases.
  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.

Detailed Class Syllabus


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

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 a WHERE Clause
Filtering with the TOP and OFFSET-FETCH Options
Working with Unknown and Missing Values

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

Module 7: Using DML to Modify Data


Inserting Data
Modifying and Deleting Data

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 Window 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: Querying data with Stored Procedures


Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
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


Using TRY / CATCH Blocks
Working with Error Information

Module 18: Implementing Transactions


Transactions and the Database Engine
Controlling Transactions

Module 19: Improving Query Performance


Factors in Query Performance
Displaying Query Performance Data

Module 20: Querying SQL Server Metadata


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