10774 Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Course Description

This 5-day instructor led course provides students with the technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2012. This course is the foundation for all SQL Server-related disciplines; namely, Database Administration, Database Development and Business Intelligence . Many of the exercises in this course are SQL Azure enabled.

Audience Profile

This course is intended for Database Administrators, Database Developers, and Business Intelligence professionals. The course will very likely be well attended by SQL power users who aren’t necessarily database-focused or plan on taking the exam; namely, report writers, business analysts and client application developers.


Before attending this course, students must have:
•Working knowledge of relational databases.
•Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality. Before attending this course, students should have:
•Basic understanding of virtualization technology (Classroom labs utilize virtual machines)
To help you prepare for this class, review the following resources:
•Book: T-SQL Fundamentals for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and SQL Azure
•MCTS Self Paced Training Kit 70-461


Learning Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:
•Write SELECT queries
•Query multiple tables
•Use built-in functions
•Use subqueries
•Execute stored procedures
•Use set operators
•Implement error handling
•Implement transactions
•Use table expressions
•Sort and filter data
•Use window ranking, offset and aggregate functions
•Query SQL Server metadata
•Program with T-SQL
•Improve query performance

Course Outline

Course Outline

1 – Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2012

  • Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Getting Started with SQL Server Management Studio
  • Lab : Working with SQL Server 2012 Tools

2 – Getting Started with SQL Azure

  • Overview of SQL Azure
  • Working with SQL Azure

3 – Introduction to T-SQL Querying

  • Introducing T-SQL
  • Understanding Sets
  • Understanding Predicate Logic
  • Understanding the Logical Order of Operations in SELECT statements
  • Lab : Introduction to Transact-SQL Querying

4 – Writing SELECT Queries

  • Writing Simple SELECT Statements
  • Eliminating Duplicates with DISTINCT
  • Using Column and Table Aliases
  • Writing Simple CASE Expressions
  • Lab : Writing Basic SELECT Statements

5 – Querying Multiple Tables

  • Understanding Joins
  • Querying with Inner Joins
  • Querying with Outer Joins
  • Querying with Cross Joins and Self Joins
  • Lab : Querying Multiple Tables

6 – 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
  • Lab : Sorting and Filtering Data

7 – Working with SQL Server 2012 Data Types

  • Introducing SQL Server 2012 Data Types
  • Working with Character Data
  • Working with Date and Time Data
  • Lab : Working with SQL Server 2012 Data Types

8 – Using Built-In Functions

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

9 – Grouping and Aggregating Data

  • Using Aggregate Functions
  • Using the GROUP BY Clause
  • Filtering Groups with HAVING
  • Lab : Grouping and Aggregating Data

10 – Using Subqueries

  • Writing Self-Contained Subqueries
  • Writing Correlated Subqueries
  • Using the EXISTS Predicate with Subqueries
  • Lab : Using Subqueries

11 – Using Table Expressions

  • Using Derived Tables
  • Using Common Table Expressions
  • Using Views
  • Using Inline Table-Valued Functions
  • Lab : Using Table Expressions

12 – Using Set Operators

  • Writing Queries with the UNION Operator
  • Using APPLY
  • Lab : Using Set Operators

13 – Using Window Ranking, Offset and Aggregate Functions

  • Creating Windows with OVER
  • Exploring Window Functions
  • Lab : Using Window Ranking, Offset and Aggregate Functions

14 – Pivoting and Grouping Sets

  • Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
  • Working with Grouping Sets
  • Lab : Pivoting and Grouping Sets

15 – Querying SQL Server Metadata

  • Querying System Catalog Views and Functions
  • Executing System Stored Procedures
  • Querying Dynamic Management Objects
  • Lab : Querying SQL Server Metadata

16 – Executing Stored Procedures

  • Querying Data with Stored Procedures
  • Passing Parameters to Stored Procedures
  • Creating Simple Stored Procedures
  • Working with Dynamic SQL
  • Lab : Executing Stored Procedures

17 – Programming with T-SQL

  • T-SQL Programming Elements
  • Controlling Program Flow
  • Lab : Programming with T-SQL

18 – Implementing Error Handling

  • Using TRY / CATCH Blocks
  • Working with Error Information
  • Lab : Implementing Error Handling

19 – Implementing Transactions

  • Transactions and the Database Engine
  • Controlling Transactions
  • Lab : Implementing Transactions

20 – Improving Query Performance

  • Factors in Query Performance
  • Displaying Query Performance Data
  • Lab : Improving Query Performance

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