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Microsoft Transact-SQL Programming

Duration: 5 Days

Price: £1,995 + VAT

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Delivery Options: Attend face-to-face in the classroom, remote-live or on-demand streaming.

Students Will Learn

  • Design normalized table structures for relational databases
  • Create databases and tables
  • Using primary and foreign keys
  • Writing SQL queries
  • Using inner and outer joins
  • Using set operators (UNION, INTERSECT, EXCEPT)
  • Using DML for SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE
  • Using subqueries
  • Using triggers and stored procedures
  • Using aggregate functions to return totals and subtotals
  • Programming features of T-SQL
  • Common table expressions
  • T-SQL specific data types and functions
  • T-SQL cursors

Course Description

Microsoft Certified PartnerThis Transact-SQL programming course teaches students relational database fundamentals and SQL programming skills in the Microsoft SQL Server environment. Topics covered include relational database architecture, database design techniques, and simple and complex query skills. The course also covers Microsoft-specific T-SQL programming constructs, creation and use of stored procedures and user-defined functions, use of cursors and updateable views.

This class is intended for analysts, developers, designers, administrators, and managers new to the SQL programming language. Upon completion, participants will understand SQL functions, join techniques, database objects and constraints, and will be able to write useful stored procedures and views as well as complex queries and updates. Comprehensive hands on exercises are integrated throughout to reinforce learning and develop real competency.

Course Prerequisites

General computer knowledge.

Course Overview

Relational Database Fundamentals
  • Overview of Relational Database Concepts
  • Relational Databases and Relational Database Management Systems
  • Data Normalization
  • DDL Syntax
Writing Basic SQL Queries
  • Displaying Table Structures
  • Retrieving Column Data From a Table or View
  • Selecting Unique Values
  • Filtering Rows Using the WHERE Clause
  • Sorting Results Using ORDER BY
  • Joining Multiple Tables
  • Using Column and Table Aliases
Creating a Database
  • Database Development Methodology Overview
  • Building a Logical Data Model
    • Identifying Entities and Attributes
    • Isolating Keys
    • Relationships Between Entities
    • Creating Entity-Relationship Diagrams
  • Transforming to Physical Design
    • Migrating Entities to Tables
    • Selecting Primary Keys
    • Defining Columns
    • Enforcing Relationships with Foreign Keys
  • Constructing the Database Using DDL
    • Creating Tables, Indexes, Constraints and Views
    • Dropping Tables, Indexes, Constraints and Views
    • Modifying Tables, Indexes, Constraints and Views
Manipulating Query Results
  • Using Row Functions
    • Character
    • Numeric
    • Date and Time
    • Data Conversion (CAST and CONVERT)
  • Using the CASE Function
  • Handling Null Values
Advanced Query Techniques
  • Inner Joins
  • Outer Joins (Left, Right, Full)
  • Joining a Table to Itself
  • Subqueries
  • Tips for Developing Complex SQL Queries
  • Using Aggregate Functions
    • AVG
    • COUNT
    • SUM
    • MIN
    • MAX
  • Aggregating Results Using GROUP BY
  • Restricting Groups with the HAVING Clause
  • Creating Temporary Tables
  • Using Partitioned Aggregates
Manipulating Table Data Using SQL's Data Manipulation Language (DML)
  • Inserting Data into Tables
  • Updating Existing Data
  • Deleting Records
  • Truncating Tables
User-Defined Functions
  • Definition and Benefits of Use
  • CREATE FUNCTION
    • Syntax
    • RETURN Clause and the RETURNS Statement
    • Scalar vs. Table Functions
  • Comparison with Stored Procedures
  • Returning Scalar Values and Tables
  • ALTER and DROP FUNCTION
Stored Procedures
  • Definition and Benefits of Use
  • CREATE PROCEDURE
    • Syntax
    • Defining Input Parameters
    • Defining Output Parameters
    • Defining Optional Parameters
  • ALTER and DROP PROCEDURE
  • Implementation Differences
Triggers
  • Definition and Benefits of Use
  • Alternatives (e.g., Constraints)
  • CREATE TRIGGER
    • Syntax
    • Trigger Types
  • "Inserted" (or "NEW") and "Deleted" (or "OLD") Tables
  • Event Handling and Trigger Execution
  • ALTER and DROP TRIGGER
Complex Queries
  • Using Wildcard Characters with Like
  • Improving SQL Queries with Common Table Expressions (CTE’s)
  • Using the OUTPUT clause
  • Allowing Users to Build SQL Queries Dynamically
T-SQL Code Constructs
  • Exploiting the Programming Features of T-SQL
    • Conditional Constructs
    • Looping Constructs
  • Building Multi-Batch Scripts
  • Invoking System Functions
  • Using Variables in Scripts
  • Using Temporary Tables in Scripts
  • Handling Errors
    • Using TRY...CATCH Blocks
    • Using System Variables and Functions
Working with Data Types and Functions
  • Effective Use of Data Types in SQL
    • String
    • Numeric
    • Time/Date
    • Other
  • Substitution of Non-null Values with the COALESCE and ISNULL Functions
  • Analyzing Data Points Using Ranking Functions
Using T-SQL Cursors
  • Overview of Cursors
  • Declaring a Cursor
  • Using OPEN CURSOR, CLOSE CURSOR, DEALLOCATE CURSOR Statements
  • FETCHing Results
  • Testing @@FETCH_STATUS and @@CURSOR_ROWS
  • Updating Records with Cursors
Working with Views
  • Benefits of Using Views
  • Creating Views
  • Modifying Data with an Updateable View
  • ALTER and DROP VIEW

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Course Benefits

  • Course materials include student guide, hands-on lab manual and USB flash drive for examples and lab work
  • Students receive a certificate of completion at the end of class
  • Students can retake any portion of a class that has been completed, within 12 months at no extra cost
  • There are no registration fees or cancellation fees

Testimonials

Super excited to go back to work and start using everything I've learned. I finally understand concepts a co-worker has repeatedly tried to explain to me. Thank you so much.
— J.E., Victron Energy


Out of all the places I called, HOTT was the friendliest and the MOST helpful. Everyone I talked to or dealt with added to my pleasant experiences, helped walk me through the process, answered my questions and were very accommodating. Instructor was great and very knowledgeable.
— N.V., MedImpact Healthcare Systems


This was a fantastic course. Both the materials and presenter were received very well. The information was delivered in a logical straight forward manor. It was extremely useful to have the software to interact along with our instructor. I will be taking more learning class with HOTT in the future. Thank you.
— K.T., Direct Energy

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