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This 3-day instructor led course provides students with the technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2008.


 
Course Outline
This 3-day instructor led course provides students with the technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

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Course Outline
Module 1: Getting Started with Databases and Transact-SQL in SQL Server 2008
The student will be introduced to how client/server architecture works, and examine the various database and business tasks that can be performed by using the components of SQL Server 2008. The student will also be introduced to SQL Server database concepts such as relational databases, normalization, and database objects. In addition, the student will learn how to use T-SQL to query databases and generate reports.
Lessons
·         Overview of SQL Server 2008
·         Overview of SQL Server Databases
·         Overview and Syntax Elements of T-SQL
·         Working with T-SQL Scripts
·         Using T-SQL Querying Tools
Lab : Using SQL Server Management Studio and SQLCMD
·         Exploring the Components and Executing Queries in SQL Server Management Studio
·         Starting and Using SQLCMD
·         Generating a Report from a SQL Server Database Using Microsoft Office Excel
After completing this module, students will be able to:
·         Describe the architecture and components of SQL Server 2008.
·         Describe the structure of a SQL Server database.
·         Explain the basics of the SQL language.
·         Describe the syntax elements of T-SQL.
·         Explain how to manage T-SQL scripts.
·         Use T-SQL querying tools to query SQL Server 2008 databases.

Module 2: Querying and Filtering Data
The students will be introduced to the basic Transact-SQL (T-SQL) statements that are used for writing queries, filtering data, and formatting result sets.
Lessons
·         Using the SELECT Statement
·         Filtering Data
·         Working with NULL Values
·         Formatting Result Sets
·         Performance Considerations for Writing Queries
Lab : Querying and Filtering Data
·         Retrieving Data by Using the SELECT Statement
·         Filtering Data by Using Different Search Conditions
·         Using Functions to Work with NULL Values
·         Formatting Result Sets
After completing this module, students will be able to:
·         Retrieve data by using the SELECT statement.
·         Filter data by using different search conditions.
·         Explain how to work with NULL values.
·         Format result sets.
·         Describe the performance considerations that affect data retrieval.

Module 3: Grouping and Summarizing Data
The students will learn to group and summarize data when generating reports in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 by using aggregate functions and the COMPUTE clause.
Lessons
·         Summarizing Data by Using Aggregate Functions
·         Summarizing Grouped Data
·         Ranking Grouped Data
·         Creating Crosstab Queries
Lab : Grouping and Summarizing Data
·         Summarizing Data by Using Aggregate Functions
·         Summarizing Grouped Data
·         Ranking Grouped Data
·         Creating Crosstab Queries
After completing this module, students will be able to:
·         Summarize data by using aggregate functions.
·         Summarize grouped data by using the GROUP BY and COMPUTE clauses.
·         Rank grouped data.
·         Create cross-tabulation queries by using the PIVOT and UNPIVOT clauses.

Module 4: Joining Data from Multiple Tables
The students will learn to write joins to query multiple tables, as well as limiting and combining result sets.
Lessons
·         Querying Multiple Tables by Using Joins
·         Applying Joins for Typical Reporting Needs
·         Combining and Limiting Result Set
Lab : Joining Data from Multiple Tables
·         Querying Multiple Tables by Using Joins
·         Applying Joins for Typical Reporting Needs
·         Combining and Limiting Result Sets
After completing this module, students will be able to:
·         Query multiple tables by using joins.
·         Apply joins for typical reporting needs.
·         Combine and limit result sets.

Module 5: Working with Subqueries
The students will be introduced to basic and correlated subqueries and how these compare with joins and temporary tables. The students will also be introduced to using common table expressions in queries.
Lessons
·         Writing Basic Subqueries
·         Writing Correlated Subqueries
·         Comparing Subqueries with Joins and Temporary Tables
·         Using Common Table Expressions
Lab : Working with Subqueries
·         Writing Basic Subqueries
·         Writing Correlated Subqueries
·         Comparing Subqueries with Joins and Temporary Tables
·         Using Common Table Expressions
After completing this module, students will be able to:
·         Write basic subqueries.
·         Write correlated subqueries.
·         Compare subqueries with joins and temporary tables.
·         Use common table expressions in queries.

Module 6: Modifying Data in Tables
The students will be able to modify the data in tables by using the INSERT, DELETE, and UPDATE statements. In addition, students will examine how transactions work in a database, the importance of transaction isolation levels, and how to manage transactions.
Lessons
·         Inserting Data into Tables
·         Deleting Data from Tables
·         Updating Data in Tables
·         Overview of Transactions
Lab : Modifying Data in Tables
·         Inserting Data into Tables
·         Deleting Data from Tables
·         Updating Data in Tables
·         Working with Transactions
After completing this module, students will be able to:
·         Insert data into tables.
·         Delete data from tables.
·         Update data in tables.
·         Describe transactions.

Module 7: Querying Metadata, XML, and Full-Text Indexes
The students will learn to query semi-structured and unstructured data. The students will also learn how SQL Server 2008 handles XML data and will query XML data. The students will also be introduced to full-text indexing in SQL Server 2008.
Lessons
·         Querying Metadata
·         Overview of XML
·         Querying XML Data
·         Overview of Full-Text Indexes
·         Querying Full-Text Indexes
Lab : Querying Metadata, XML, and Full-Text Indexes
·         Querying Metadata
·         Querying XML Data
·         Creating and Querying Full-Text Indexes
After completing this module, students will be able to:
·         Query metadata.
·         Describe the functionality of XML.
·         Query XML data.
·         Describe the functionality of full-text indexes.
·         Query full-text indexes.

Module 8: Using Programming Objects for Data Retrieval
The students will be introduced to user-defined functions and executing various kinds of queries by using user-defined functions. The students will be introduced to SQL Server views that encapsulate data and present users with limited and relevant information. In addition, the students will be introduced to SQL Server stored procedures and the functionalities of the various programming objects. The students will learn how to perform distributed queries and how SQL Server works with heterogeneous data such as databases, spreadsheets, and other servers.
Lessons
·         Overview of Views
·         Overview of User-Defined Functions
·         Overview of Stored Procedures
·         Overview of Triggers
·         Writing Distributed Queries
Lab : Using Programming Objects for Data Retrieval
·         Creating Views
·         Creating User-Defined Functions
·         Creating Stored Procedures
·         Writing Distributed Queries
After completing this module, students will be able to:
·         Encapsulate queries by using views.
·         Encapsulate expressions by using user-defined functions.
·         Explain how stored procedures encapsulate T-SQL logic.
·         Define triggers, types of triggers, create a trigger.
·         Write distributed queries.

Module 9: Using Advanced Querying Techniques
The students will be introduced to best practices for querying complex data. The students will also examine how to query complex table structures such as data stored in hierarchies and self-referencing tables. The students will analyze the recommended guidelines for executing queries and how to optimize query performance.
Lessons
·         Considerations for Querying Data
·         Working with Data Types
·         Cursors and Set-Based Queries
·         Dynamic SQL
·         Maintaining Query Files
Lab : Using Advanced Querying Techniques
·         Using Execution Plans
·         Converting Data Types
·         Implementing a Hierarchy
·         Using Cursors and Set-Based Queries
After completing this module, students will be able to:
·         Explain the recommendations for querying complex data.
·         Query complex table structures.
·         Write efficient queries.
·         Use various techniques when working with complex queries.
·         Maintain query files.
Prerequisites & Certificates
Pre-Requisites

Before attending this course, students must have: * Knowledge of data integrity concepts. * Core Windows Server skills. * Relational database design skills. * Programming skills.

Certificates offered

Certificate of completion


Cancellation Policy
Cancellations or postponements received more than ten business days prior to the first day of the course will be fully refunded less a $75 processing fee. The cost of the course is payable, in full, for any cancellations or postponements received within ten business days, or less, prior to the first day of the course.
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The course content was excellent ... if there was things that weren't relevant you could skip and spend more time on things that you needed to learn. Training provider was excellent as her skill level was superb and her communication skills were superb.
Reviewed by 2015
This course should have dual screens
Reviewed by 2015
I was not able to finish the whole entire course. When creating course training please make sure that it fits the allotted time (beginning to the end). We had two breaks and Instructor did not allow us to listen to the course. I had maybe another 10 mins to finish the whole course, but the Instructor said that it was 4:30pm and it is Ok and we can go home. It is not Ok not to be able to finish the course..
Reviewed by 2014
Mentored training actually worked quite well for me. The instructor is there in the room all the time, available if needed. A lot of material for one day, but I did manage to complete it without feeling too rushed.
Reviewed by 2014
It is not possible to complete a beginner's course in one day. There is a lot of information to absorb. It is wonderful that one can re-sit a session within a limited time.
Reviewed by 2013
To bottom line my feelings about the course: Course -- helpful but this comment is made with reservations. Instructor -- excellent !
Reviewed by 2013
The course material was far too heavy for the duration of the course. The material needs to be reduced so that students do not feel rushed or pressured with time, or the duration of the class needs to be extended.
Reviewed by 2013
Overall, the course has been well handled by the Training Provider. But i would expect that, somehow, there is a time allotted in the afternoon for more visible and face to face interaction between the TP and the whole class. Others may be asking questions that may not have been thought of by other learners but may be helpful.
Reviewed by 2013
Very impressed and would highly recommend.
Reviewed by 2013
The trainer was excellent...easy to talk to and very helpful and informed.
Reviewed by 2013
This was a very good learning environment. I prefer having an instructor present in case I have questions but also be able to work at my own pace.
Reviewed by 2013
I could have used some more time to go through the exercises in the sharepoint database.
Reviewed by 2013
re Instructor assessment. ques. are N/A as it was independant mentored study. Flash based training module had 1 hiccup where ctrl-b key was captured by OS and I had to hunt for alt-b to complete the module. Class mentor was unaware of flaw. I felt that the design of the module would have prevented me from completing the section if I was unable to locate alternative keystroke. Worthwhile day.
Reviewed by 2012
Course is very good but not enough time to complete the exercises. Should be at least another 1.5 hours longer.
Reviewed by 2012
Using the self-teaching method made for a more relaxed working environment. As the instructor's assistance was on a one-on-one basis I was not hesitate to ask questions.
Reviewed by 2012
Would prefer an instructor led (classroom) style of training over a computer based course.
Reviewed by 2012
I would suggest that the course manual contain more visual material (e.g. screen shots) versus words. The course was very well. I did not think I would like the on line method of training but I did. I also liked the fact that I could work through my lunch to complete the course earlier. I had to catch the go train so it worked better for me.
Reviewed by 2012
Susan was an excellent instructor, and was very helpful with providing extra "tips" not covered within the course material.
Reviewed by 2012
I only realized after completing 2 units thoroughly that there is not enough time allotted for a lot practicing. I would tell students in advance that getting through the videos and practicing later in your own time is recommended.
Reviewed by 2012
Enjoyed the flexibility of the "Modern Classroom" style of learning where you can move at your own pace and focus on what you need most. You can even move to the next chapter if you need help and the instructor is busy. Definitely dress warmly as the classroom was really over air-conditioned!
Reviewed by 2012
I loved the Adobe InDesign course but as a new user I felt there was so much material to cover and I wanted to take my time getting familiar with the program and learning about everything. I think if the class had been 2 days instead of 1 it would have been perfect!
Reviewed by 2012
Manual provided was totally different then computer training. Expected more hands on training instead of just watching an instruction video.
Reviewed by 2012
Great
Reviewed by 2012
The video - was not at all interactive - only concepts were presented. The manual completedly different from the video material. I have no objections to using different approaches but a course on any software must include interactive materials.
Reviewed by 2012
The course was set up in a way which was easy to follow. However, I thought there was a lot of information to take in the day. The instructor was very helpful and very knowledgeable.
Reviewed by 2012
The training provider, Melanie, was exceptional. She was very knowledgeable and sat with me personally for hands on training. I found the course to be long and difficult to complete in one day.
Reviewed by 2012
The amount of material was a little much (maybe an hour) to cover in the allotted time - but otherwise good.
Reviewed by 2011
The room was too cold for me. The Instructor was very helpful.
Reviewed by 2011
A co worker of mine, did not receive the certificate of completing the course. As well, I received a website to log to after the course for 30 days (The Online Support). Although the vendor ID number does not exisit. I have gone back to my contact at Last Minute Training, and haven't received any feedback from her. The course was good, the follow up, was the greatest service.
Reviewed by 2011
Would like to have access to the on-line training materials for this course for a period of time after course completion
Reviewed by 2011
Hi - the server crashed during my session and I would like to reschedule. Can someone contact me to do this?
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