MS-20761 - Querying Data with Transact-SQL

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.

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

Detailed Class Syllabus

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

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