Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014

Course Description

This 5-day instructor led course (20461D) provides participants 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. This course helps people prepare for exam 70-461. Note: This course is designed for participants 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.

Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2014

The Basic Architecture of SQL Server
SQL Server Editions and Versions
Getting Started with SQL Server Management Studio

Introduction to T-SQL Querying

Introducing T-SQL
Understanding Sets
Understanding Predicate Logic
Understanding the Logical Order of Operations in SELECT statements

Writing SELECT Queries

Writing Simple SELECT Statements
Eliminating Duplicates with DISTINCT
Using Column and Table Aliases
Writing Simple CASE Expressions

Querying Multiple Tables

Understanding Joins
Querying with Inner Joins
Querying with Outer Joins
Querying with Cross Joins and Self Joins

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

Working with SQL Server 2014 Data Types

Introducing SQL Server 2014 Data Types
Working with Character Data
Working with Date and Time Data

Using DML to Modify Data

Inserting Data
Modifying and Deleting Data

Using Built-In Functions

Writing Queries with Built-In Functions
Using Conversion Functions
Using Logical Functions
Using Functions to Work with NULL

Grouping and Aggregating Data

Using Aggregate Functions
Using the GROUP BY Clause
Filtering Groups with HAVING

Using Subqueries

Writing Self-Contained Subqueries
Writing Correlated Subqueries
Using the EXISTS Predicate with Subqueries

Using Table Expressions

Using Derived Tables
Using Common Table Expressions
Using Views
Using Inline Table-Valued Functions

Using Set Operators

Writing Queries with the UNION Operator
Using EXCEPT and INTERSECT
Using APPLY

Using Window Ranking, Offset, and Aggregate Functions

Creating Windows with OVER
Exploring Window Functions

Pivoting and Grouping Sets

Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
Working with Grouping Sets

Executing Stored Procedures

Querying Data with Stored Procedures
Passing Parameters to Stored Procedures
Creating Simple Stored Procedures
Working with Dynamic SQL

Programming with T-SQL

T-SQL Programming Elements
Controlling Program Flow

Implementing Error Handling

Using TRY / CATCH Blocks
Working with Error Information

Implementing Transactions

Transactions and the Database Engine
Controlling Transactions
Isolation Levels

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