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This Hands-On Transact-SQL programming course teaches students relational database fundamentals and SQL programming skills in the Microsoft environment. (see full course description)


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Microsoft Transact-SQL Programming

This Transact-SQL programming course teaches students relational database fundamentals and SQL programming skills in the Microsoft environment. Topics covered include relational database architecture, database design techniques, and simple and complex query skills. The course covers T-SQL programming constructs, predefined data types including XML, creation and use of stored procedures and user-defined functions, use of cursors, updateable views, and transaction locking.

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.

Relational Database Fundamentals
  • Overview of Relational Database Concepts
  • Relational Databases and Relational Database Management Systems
  • SQL, DML and DDL Languages
Manipulating Query Results
  • Using Row Functions
    • Character
    • Numeric
    • Date and Time
    • Data Conversion
  • Using the CASE Function
  • Handling Null Values
  • Aggregating Results Using GROUP BY
  • Restricting Groups with the HAVING Clause
Writing Basic SQL Queries
  • Displaying Table Structures
  • Retrieving Column Data From a Table or View
  • Selecting Unique Values
  • Obtaining a Row Count
  • Filtering Rows Using the WHERE Clause
  • Sorting Results Using ORDER BY
  • Joining Multiple Tables
Advanced Query Techniques
  • Outer Joins
  • Joining a Table to Itself
  • Subqueries
  • Grouping, Filtering and Sorting Query Results
  • Tips for Developing Complex SQL Queries
Manipulating Table Data Using SQL's Data Manipulation Language (DML)
  • Inserting Data into Tables
  • Updating Existing Data
  • Deleting Records
  • Truncating Tables
  • Implementing Data Integrity with Transactions
    • COMMIT
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
Managing Database Objects
  • Dropping Tables, Indexes and Views
  • Modifying Tables, Indexes and Views
  • Enabling and Disabling Constraints
  • Managing Security
Stored Procedures
  • Definition and Benefits of Use
    • Syntax
    • Variables and Parameters
    • Code Examples
  • Temporary Tables
  • Control of Program Flow
  • Implementation Differences
User-Defined Functions
  • Definition and Benefits of Use
    • Syntax
    • Scalar vs. Table Functions
  • Comparison with Stored Procedures
  • Returning Scalar Values and Tables
  • Modifying and Dropping Functions
  • Definition and Benefits of Use
  • Alternatives (e.g., Constraints)
    • Syntax
    • Trigger Types
  • "Inserted" (or "NEW") and "Deleted" (or "OLD") Tables
  • Event Handling and Trigger Execution
  • Modifying and Dropping Triggers
Complex Queries
  • Using Wilcard 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
  • Declaring Variables Inside Scripts
  • Using Variables in Scripts
  • Using Temporary Tables in Scripts
  • Correctly Handling Errors
    • Error Handling
    • Debugging
    • Code Blocks
    • Predefined System Variables
Working with Data Types and Functions
  • Effective Use of Data Types in SQL
    • String
    • Numeric
    • Time/Date
    • Other
  • How to Convert Data Using CAST and CONVERT
  • Creating Conditional Tests with the CASE Function
  • Substitution of Non-null Values with the COALESCE and ISNULL Functions
  • Analyzing Data Points Using Ranking Functions
Transactions and Locking
  • Effective use of Transactions
  • Using Isolation Level
  • Maximizing Concurrency with Correct Use of Locking
    • Shared Locks
    • Exclusive Locks
    • Update Locks
  • Increasing Throughput by Choosing Appropriate Transaction Isolation
  • Preventing Deadlocks
More Stored Procedures
  • Designing a Stored Procedure
    • Input Parameters
    • Output Parameters
    • Default Values
  • Implementing Exception Handling
  • Adding Fault Tolerant Transaction Logic
Advanced Views
  • Designing Views
  • Updating through a View
  • Inserting Records through a View
  • Deleting through a View
  • Indexed Views and Performance Applications
Working with XML
  • Benefits of XML
  • Working with XML Documents
  • Working with XML Schemas
  • Storing Data in XML Data Type
  • Working with XML Methods
    • Query
    • Exist
    • Value
    • Modify
    • Nodes
  • Producing XML from SELECT Statements Using the FOR XML Clause
  • Validating XML Using XML Schemas

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