Introduction to SQL

£700 per delegate. This may be less for special offers on specific course dates and in-company training courses

Duration: 2 days

Trainer: S047OW

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You can use SQL to retrieve information from your corporate database (providing, of course, that you understand its structure). This two-day course will show you how to create tables in SQL Server, and then how to write SQL to extract information from them. You'll learn about the WHERE clause (for setting criteria); the ORDER BY clause; how to aggregate data using GROUP BY; and how to create inner, outer and full joins!

Course Contents

Using SQL Server

- Using Object Explorer
- Hiding system objects

Creating databases - overview

- Designing databases
- Primary keys
- Indexing fields

Working with tables

- Creating tables
- Allowing nulls or not
- Identity fields

Database diagrams

- Creating database diagrams
- Joining tables with relationships

Simple Queries

- Creating queries
- Comments
- Indentation and case

Setting criteria using WHERE

- Wildcards (% and _)
- Setting criteria for dates
- Coping with nulls

Outputting to Excel

- Results, text and grid options
- Copying and pasting column headings
- Exporting using SQL
- Exporting using the menu


- Calculated columns
- Using aliases
- String functions and concatenation

Calculations using dates

- GetDate
- Converting dates
- Useful date functions

Basic joins

- Inner joins
- Table aliases
- Left and right outer joins

More exotic joins

- Cross joins
- Full outer joins
- Self joins

Aggregation and grouping

- Various ways to count
- Grouping by fields
- Using HAVING to filter results

More complicated grouping*

- Using ALL when grouping
- Using ROLLUP
- Using CUBE


- The view designer
- Limitations of the designer
- Scripting views

Overview of functions*

- Types of function
- Creating functions
- Passing arguments

Overview of stored procedures*

- Creating stored procedures
- Passing parameters
- Basic variables

Please note that any items marked with a * will be covered if time allows.

Course Times

Usually 9.30am - 4.30pm. Course times will be confirmed in the joining instructions once the course has been booked.
The course either has new dates in data loading, or is only run as a dedicated or In Company course.
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