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Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Introduction to Querying

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Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Introduction to Querying

This 2 day course is intended for students who are new to querying data in Microsoft SQL Server 2014 databases, and need a concise introduction to the subject. It would also prove beneficial to delegates wanting to refresh their existing querying skills. You will find that this is a comprehensive course for this level, with plenty of illustrated examples and augmented with practical hands-on exercises.

Students should ideally be familiar with basic programming concepts. They should also understand the fundamental design of relational databases including, but not restricted to, the purpose of primary and foreign keys, entity relationships, and data normalization.

Upon successful completion of the full course, students will be able to:


  • Use SQL Server Management Studio for Querying Purposes
  • Understand the Basic Structure of SQL Server Databases
  • Understand the Components of Transact-SQL (T-SQL)
  • Retrieve Data from Tables Using the SELECT Statement
  • Filter Data Using the WHERE Clause
  • Sort Data Using the ORDER BY Clause
  • Query Data from Multiple Tables by Using Joins
  • Summarize and Group Data Using Aggregate Functions
  • Combine and Limit Result Sets
  • Work with Simple Nested Subqueries
  • Work with Correlated Subqueries
  • Add Records to a Table Using the INSERT Statement
  • Remove Records from a Table Using the DELETE Statement
  • Modify Existing Records Using the UPDATE Statement

1. Introduction to SQL Server Databases

Objects in a SQL Server Database

Database Diagrams

Components of a SQL Server Database Table


2. Introduction to SQL and Transact-SQL

ANSI-SQL and Transact-SQL (T-SQL)

Categories of SQL Statements

T-SQL Scripts

Adding Comments to T-SQL Code


3. Using the SELECT Statement to Retrieve Data

Examine the Basic Syntax of the SELECT Statement

Using String Literals and Expressions

Retrieving Columns of Data from a Table

Using Aliases for Column Names


4. Filtering Rows of Data with the WHERE Clause

How to Use the WHERE Clause

Overview of Operators

Filter Data by Using Comparison Operators

Filter Data by Using String Comparisons

Filter Data by Using Logical Operators

Filter Data Using a Range of Values

Filter Data Using a List of Values

Filter Data with NULL Values


5. Formatting and Sorting Result Sets

Sorting Data Using the ORDER BY Clause

Eliminating Duplicate Rows with DISTINCT

Introducing Native SQL Server Functions

Functions Relating to NULL Values

Using the CASE Expression


6. Querying Data from Multiple Tables Using Joins

Introduction to Joins

Using Inner Joins

Using Outer Joins

Using Cross Joins

Using Aliases for Table Names

Joining More than Two Tables


7. Summarizing Data Using Aggregate Functions

Using Aggregate Functions Native to SQL Server

Using Aggregate Functions with NULL Values

Grouping Summarized Data with GROUP BY

Filtering Grouped Data Using the HAVING Clause


8. Combining and Limiting Result Sets

Combining Result Sets Using the UNION Operator

Limiting Result Sets Using the TOP Operator


9. Working with Subqueries

Introduction to Subqueries

Using Subqueries as Expressions and Derived Tables

Introducing Correlated Subqueries

Introducing Temporary Tables


10. Inserting Data into Tables

Inserting a Single Row into a Table

Inserting Multiple Rows into a Table

Differentiating Various INSERT Statements


11. Deleting Data from Tables

Deleting Rows from a Table

Truncating a Table

Deleting Rows Based on Data in Other Tables


12. Updating Data in Tables

Updating Rows in a Table

Updating Rows Based on Data in Other Tables


Appendix 1. Ranking Grouped Data

Ranking Data Using Ranking Functions


Using RANK




Appendix 2. Working with SQL Server Data Types

Native SQL Server Data Types

Data Type Precedence

Implicit Data Type Conversions

Explicit Data Type Conversion Functions

Querying and Modifying Date and Time Data

Native SQL Server Date and Time Functions

Prices below are for scheduled courses held in our Edinburgh Training Centre or Live Virtual Classroom. Major discounts available for onsite or private courses: click General Enquiry button below to enquire about private courses.
Group discount
1 place £ 1500 n/a
2 places £ 1800 n/a
3 places £ 4500 £ 2100
4 places £ 6000 £ 2400
5 places £ 7500 £ 2700
6 places £ 9000 £ 3000
7 places £ 10500 £ 3300
8 places £ 12000 £ 3600