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This 5-day instructor led course provides students with the technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2014. This course is the foundation for all SQL Server-related disciplines; namely, Database Administration, Database Development and Business Intelligence. The main purpose of the course is to prepare people for the exam "70-461: Writing Queries Using Microsoft® SQL Server® 2014 Transact-SQL." This exam will be the underlying exam for all SQL Server-related disciplines; namely, Database Administration, Database Development and Business Intelligence. As such, the primary target audience for this course is: Database Administrators, Database Developers and BI professionals.

Note: This course is designed for customers who are interested in learning SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014. It covers the new features in SQL Server 2014, but also the important capabilities across the SQL Server data platform.

At the end of the program, the participants will be able to :

  1. Describe the basic architecture and concepts of Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  2. Understand the similarities and differences between Transact-SQL and other computer languages
  3. Write SELECT queries
  4. Query multiple tables
  5. Sort and filter data
  6. Describe the use of data types in SQL Server
  7. Modify data using Transact-SQL
  8. Use built-in functions
  9. Group and aggregate data
  10. Use subqueries
  11. Use table expressions
  12. Use set operators
  13. Use window ranking, offset and aggregate functions
  14. Implement pivoting and grouping sets
  15. Execute stored procedures
  16. Program with T-SQL
  17. Implement error handling
  18. Implement transactions

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.

This program is 5 days of intensive training class.

This course requires that you meet the following prerequisites:

  1. Working knowledge of relational databases
  2. Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality

At the end of the program, the participants will be assessed with 2 hours of Querying Microsoft® SQL Server® 2014Exam.


  1. The Basic Architecture of SQL Server
  2. SQL Server Editions and Versions
  3. Getting Started with SQL Server Management Studio

Lab : Working with SQL Server 2014 Tools

  1. Introducing T-SQL
  2. Understanding Sets
  3. Understanding Predicate Logic
  4. Understanding the Logical Order of Operations in SELECT statements

Lab : Introduction to Transact-SQL Querying

  1. Writing Simple SELECT Statements
  2. Eliminate Duplicates with DISTINCT
  3. Using Column and Table Aliases
  4. Write Simple CASE Expressions

Lab : Writing Basic SELECT Statements

  1. Understanding Joins
  2. Querying with Inner Joins
  3. Querying with Outer Joins
  4. Querying with Cross Joins and Self Joins

Lab : Querying Multiple Tables

  1. Sorting Data
  2. Filtering Data with Predicates
  3. Filtering with the TOP and OFFSET-FETCH
  4. Working with Unknown Values

Lab : Sorting and Filtering Data

  1. Introducing SQL Server 2014 Data Types
  2. Working with Character Data
  3. Working with Date and Time Data

Lab : Working with SQL Server 2014 Data Types

  1. Inserting Data
  2. Modifying and Deleting Data

Lab : Using DML to Modify Data

  1. Writing Queries with Built-In Functions
  2. Using Conversion Functions
  3. Using Logical Functions
  4. Using Functions to Work with NULL

Lab : Using Built-In Functions

  1. Using Aggregate Functions
  2. Using the GROUP BY Clause
  3. Filtering Groups with HAVING

Lab : Grouping and Aggregating Data

  1. Writing Self-Contained Subqueries
  2. Writing Correlated Subqueries
  3. Using the EXISTS Predicate with Subqueries

Lab : Using Subqueries

  1. Using Views
  2. Using Inline Table-Valued Functions
  3. Using Derived Tables
  4. Using Common Table Expressions

Lab : Using Table Expressions

  1. Writing Queries with the UNION Operator
  3. Using APPLY

Lab : Using Set Operators

  1. Creating Windows with OVER
  2. Exploring Window Functions

Lab : Using Window Ranking, Offset and Aggregate Functions

  1. Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
  2. Working with Grouping Sets

Lab : Pivoting and Grouping Sets

  1. Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
  2. Passing Parameters to Stored Procedures
  3. Creating Simple Stored Procedures
  4. Working with Dynamic SQL

Lab : Executing Stored Procedures

  1. T-SQL Programming Elements
  2. Controlling Program Flow

Lab : Programming with T-SQL

  1. Using TRY / CATCH Blocks
  2. Working with Error Information

Lab : Implementing Error Handling

  1. Transactions and the Database Engine
  2. Controlling Transactions

Lab : Implementing Transactions

  1. Factors in Query Performance
  2. Displaying Query Performance Data

Lab : Improving Query Performance

  1. Querying System Catalog Views and Functions
  2. Executing System Stored Procedures
  3. Querying Dynamic Management Objects

Lab : Querying SQL Server Metadata

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