Course 50439-B: Working with Data using SQL Server 2008 R2 for Non-Database Administrators

Course Modality

Instructor-led (classroom)

Course Level

Intermediate

Course Time

3 days

Course Language

English

Course Overview

This instructor-led course provides students with the necessary knowledge to work with the data in SQL Server 2008R2. They will learn how to use the built in tools included with SQL Serverto construct queries, do tuning,analyze a query and it’s performance along with how to modify existing data, perform joins, create indexes and work with XML.The new features are discussed and their impact is explained. See At Course Completion.

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students must have:

      • A working knowledge of databases but not necessarily Microsoft SQL.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for Power Users and IT Professionals that are called on to work with SQL Server in the retrieving, or modifying of data and need a good foundation to perform those functions. This would include those users that develop reports and need to create Data Sets that work efficiently.

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Skill Covered

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Use SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
  • Use SSMS to generate efficient queries
  • Use the Object Browser in SSMS to locate objects and view their dependencies so you know the potential effect of a change.
  • Use the Template manager in SSMS to quickly import correctly formatted code that was prewritten by the SQL community
  • Customize the SSMS environment to match the users individual needs
  • Run a trace in SQL Profiler to analyze performance of operations
  • Use the debugger with a query to troubleshoot it
  • Work with SQL Server Integration Services to do a basic package for import/export, how to save it and automatically execute it.
  • Use the Database Tuning Advisor for faster queries
  • Read an SSMS Execution Plan and understand it and learn why you need to understand it.
  • Explain and perform single table queries and the proper method to develop them
  • Perform various joins between tables to reunite data stored separately such as an order and its details, or a salesperson and their sales and the product in the sale.
  • Understand indexing and its impact on speed of retrieval of data and when to not use it.
  • Write code within the context of a transaction to prevent data corruption
  • Utilize Try-Catch error handling and learn why to use it
  • Use Stored Procedures to access data and understand the improved security of using them and how easy they are to create via the community templates in SSMS.
  • Explain the new language features and how they improve the data environment and reporting
  • Write a sub-query as an advanced technique
  • Use common table expressions in a query
  • Work with the XML datatype and the new methods especially for XML.

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Course Curriculum

The Toolsets

Lessons

  • SQL Server Management Studio
  • SQLCMD Utility
  • Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS)
  • SQL Profiler
  • Bulk Copy 
  • Adventure Works Sample Database
  • Data Definition Language

 

Lab : The Toolsets

 

Data Types and New T-SQL Language Features

Lessons

  • SQL Server Data Types
  • New Data Types
  • Hierarchyid Data Type
  • Spatial Data
  • Date and Time
  • FileStream Storage
  • Grouping Sets

 

Lab : Data Types and New T-SQL Language Features

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Single Table Queries

Lessons

  • Logical Query Processing
  • Query Clauses (Listed in Logical Processing Order)
  • FROM
  • WHERE
  • GROUP BY
  • SELECT
  • ORDER BY
  • CASE
  • NULLS

 

Lab: Single Table Queries

 

Joining Multiple Tables

Lessons

  • Normalization
  • Old Style vs. New Style
  • Cross Join
  • Inner Join
  • Outer Join
  • Self Join
  • Joining Multiple Tables

Lab: Joining Multiple Tables

Subqueries, Common Table Expressions and Ranking Functions

Lessons

  • Subqueries
  • Self-Contained Subqueries
  • Correlated Subqueries
  • EXISTS
  • Views
  • Derived Tables
  • Common Table Expressions
  • Analytic Ranking Functions

 

Lab : Subqueries, Common Table Expressions and Ranking Functions

Indexing

Lessons

  • Understanding Execution Plans
  • Table and Index Structures
  • Syntax
  • Clustered Index
  • Non Clustered Index on Heap
  • Syntax

 

Lab: Indexing

 

Query Tuning

Lessons

  • System Performance Analysis
  • Query Analysis
  • Database Engine Tuning Advisor
  • Bookmark Lookup
  • Statistics Analysis
  • Query Design

 

Lab: Query Tuning

Data Modification, Transactions and Error Processing

Lessons

  • Modifying Data INSERT
  • Modifying Data UPDATE
  • Modifying Data DELETE
  • Transactions
  • Error Processing
  • Debugging in SQL Server 2008

 

Lab: Data Modification, Transactions and Error Processing

Stored Procedures and Triggers

Lessons

  • Stored Procedures
  • Triggers

 

Lab: Stored Procedures and Triggers

XML

Lessons

  • XML Introduction
  • XML in SQL Server
  • XML Data Type
  • XML Indexes

 

Lab: XML

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