T-SQL Fundamentals

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Learn T-SQL from the world's #1 SQL Server developer and author, Alison Balter! Gain deep mastery in just six hours… just watch!



In just six hours, you'll gain the in-depth practical understanding of T-SQL you need to create superior solutions with SQL Server. Your video instructor, Alison Balter, has spent nearly 25 years building Microsoft database solutions for top organizations… she's the world's #1 Microsoft database author. Now, Balter guides you step-by-step through every skill you'll need, from simple SELECT statements to powerful query and view techniques… flexible stored procedures, triggers, and UDFs… even query analysis and optimization. Whether you're a DBA, database or web developer, or power user, these LiveLessons deliver practical knowledge for writing high-quality T-SQL code—fast!


About the Instructor

Alison Balter has 24 years of real-life experience developing Access and SQL Server applications with T-SQL and related technologies. Her clients include USC, MIT, Southern California Edison, Cisco Systems, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and many other corporate and government entities. She has written 15 books and authored more than 300 computer training videos on Access and SQL Server development: work that has earned exceptionally high ratings at Amazon.com and elsewhere.

Skill Level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


What You Will Learn

  • Database fundamentals every T-SQL developer needs to know
  • How to make the most of common T-SQL statements, keywords, clauses, and functions
  • How to write powerful queries using joins, subqueries, and other techniques
  • How to take full advantage of Views to display, modify, index, and secure data
  • How to design and improve SQL Server stored procedures
  • How to create and work with triggers and User-Defined Functions (UDFs)
  • How to analyze query performance


Who Should Take This Course

  • SQL Server database administrators (DBAs) who need to efficiently create tables, views, stored procedures, functions, and triggers
  • Database developers who cannot rely on DBAs and must perform all T-SQL-related tasks on their own
  • .NET, web, and client/server developers whose responsibilities include data/database access
  • Microsoft Access power users seeking to deepen their skills in creating new solutions
  • Microsoft Access developers moving to SQL Server


Course Requirements

  • Experience with either the SQL Server or Access databases as a DBA, developer, or intermediate-to-advanced user


Table of Contents

Lesson 1. Introduction to Databases

1.1. What is a Database?

1.2. What Field Types are Available?

1.3. What is a Relationship?

1.4. Creating a Database

1.5. Creating a Table

Lesson 2. T-SQL Basics

2.1. Introduction to T-SQL

2.2. The SELECT Statement

2.3. The FROM Keyword

2.4. The WHERE Clause

2.5. IN and BETWEEN

2.6. The ORDER BY Clause

Lesson 3. T-SQL - Beyond the Basics

3.1. The DISTINCT Keyword

3.2. The GROUP BY Clause

3.3. Aggregate Functions

3.4. The HAVING Clause

3.5. Combining Conditions

3.6. Top Values Queries

3.7. Working with Aliases

3.8. Working with Null

3.9. The COMPUTE Clause

Lesson 4. Join Types

4.1. Inner Joins

4.2. Outer Joins

4.3. Full Joins

4.4. Self-Joins

Lesson 5. Specialized T-SQL Queries

5.1. Union Queries

5.2. Subqueries

Lesson 6. Modifying Data with Action Queries

6.1. The UPDATE Statement

6.2. The INSERT Statement

6.3. The SELECT INTO Statement

6.4. The DELETE Statement

6.5. The TRUNCATE Statement

Lesson 7. T-SQL Functions

7.1. Numeric Functions

7.2. String Functions

7.3. Date/Time Functions

7.4. Working with Nulls

Lesson 8. Working With SQL Server Views

8.1. Using T-SQL to Create or Modify a View

8.2. Creating Views Based on Data in Multiple Tables

8.3. Views and Subqueries

8.4. Views and Outer Joins

8.5. Sorting View Results

8.6. Views and Top Values

8.7. Views and Functions

8.8. Using Views to Secure Data

8.9. Modifying Data in a View

Lesson 9. Designing SQL Server Stored Procedures

9.1. Stored Procedure Basics

9.2. Declaring and Working with Variables

9.3. Controlling the Flow

9.4. The SET NOCOUNT Statement

9.5. Using the @@Functions

9.6. Working with Parameters

Lesson 10. Enhancing the Stored Procedures that You Build

10.1. Working with Cursors

10.2. Errors and Error Handling

10.3. Modifying Data with Stored Procedures

10.4. Stored Procedures and Transactions

10.5. Stored Procedures and Temporary Tables

10.6. Stored Procedures and Cursors

10.7. Stored Procedures and Security

Lesson 11. Building and Working with User-Defined Functions

11.1. User-defined Functions Explained

11.2. Scalar Functions

11.3. Inline Table-Valued Functions

11.4. Multi-Statement Table-Valued Functions

Lesson 12. Creating and Working with Triggers

12.1. Triggers Explained

12.2. Creating Triggers

Lesson 13. Analyzing Performance

13.1. Determining the Query Execution Plan

13.2. Viewing Query Statistics

13.3. Using the SQL Profiler

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