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Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL  

Course M2778 Three days—Instructor-led


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 Objective

After completing this course, students will be able to:

• Describe the uses of and ways to execute the Transact-SQL language.
• Use querying tool.
• Write SELECT queries to retrieve data.
• Group and summarize data by using Transact-SQL.
• Join data from multiple tables.
• Write queries that retrieve and modify data by using subqueries.
• Modify data in tables.
• Query text fields with full-text search.
• Describe how to create programming objects.
• Use various techniques when working with complex queries.

Who should attend

This course is intended for SQL Server database administrators, implementers, system engineers, and developers who are responsible for writing queries.


Before attending this course, students must:

• Knowledge of data integrity concepts.
• Core Windows Server skills.
• Relational database design skills.
• Programming skills.

Course Outline

Module 1: Getting Started with Databases and Transact-SQL in SQL Server 2008

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

Module 2: Querying and Filtering Data

Using the SELECT Statement
Filtering Data
Working with NULL Values
Formatting Result Sets
Performance Considerations for Writing Queries

Module 3: Grouping and Summarizing Data

Summarizing Data by Using Aggregate Functions
Summarizing Grouped Data
Ranking Grouped Data
Creating Crosstab Queries

Module 4: Joining Data from Multiple Tables

Querying Multiple Tables by Using Joins
Applying Joins for Typical Reporting Needs
Combining and Limiting Result Set

Module 5: Working with Subqueries

Writing Basic Subqueries
Writing Correlated Subqueries
Comparing Subqueries with Joins and Temporary Tables
Using Common Table Expressions

Module 6: Modifying Data in Tables

Inserting Data into Tables
Deleting Data from Tables
Updating Data in Tables
Overview of Transactions

Module 7: Querying Metadata, XML, and Full-Text Indexes

Querying Metadata
Overview of XML
Querying XML Data
Overview of Full-Text Indexes
Querying Full-Text Indexes

Module 8: Using Programming Objects for Data Retrieval

Overview of Views
Overview of User-Defined Functions
Overview of Stored Procedures
Overview of Triggers
Writing Distributed Queries

Module 9: Using Advanced Querying Techniques

Considerations for Querying Data
Working with Data Types
Cursors and Set-Based Queries
Dynamic SQL
Maintaining Query Files