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Introduction to SQL in Azure Data Studio

Two days (09:30 to 16:30 UK time each day)

This course is available in the following formats (all prices exclude VAT):

Classroom (London)
Classroom (Manchester)
Onsite (your office)
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Online (your home)
You can book a place on this course either online through this website, by phone, by email or by filling in our enquiry form.

There are no pre-requisites for this course, although if you've never seen a relational database before (consisting of linked tables) you may get less out of the training.

Note that this is a new course, which means our usual no-cancel guarantee does not apply to all bookings.

Course schedule

Here are our next few SQL in Azure Data Studio course dates:

Dates Times Venue Price (excl. VAT)
18-19 Jul 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
15-16 Aug 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
19-20 Sep 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
21-22 Oct 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
21-22 Nov 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
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Got a handful of like-minded people in your organisation? You could consider booking your own customised onsite course, whereby you get to pick the dates and venue!

Course Contents - PDF

SQL in Azure Data Studio training course contents

Our two-day introduction to SQL using Azure Data Studio course will show you how to write SQL queries within Azure Data Studio. In addition to learning about the syntax of SQL queries you'll learn how to create notebooks, create simple visuals and export data easily to other formats.

Most people create SQL queries in SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio), but Azure Data Studio provides a more modern coding environment based on Visual Studio Code. You can see the differences between Azure Data Studio and SQL Server Management Studio here.

Here's the sort of thing you'll learn how to write on this course:

It'll be well into day two by the time you know how to write this!

You'll also learn about how to use non-SQL features of Azure Data Studio (such as creating notebooks and visuals).

The contents of this course are as follows:

Using Azure Data Studio

  • Connecting to databases
  • Table and column navigation
  • Typing and running SQL

Creating notebooks

  • Adding text and cells
  • Formatting and layout
  • Saving and re-using notebooks

Creating queries

  • The SELECT statement
  • Comments and indentation
  • Table and column aliases
  • Imposing sort order

Criteria using WHERE

  • Simple and combined criteria
  • Using wildcards
  • Dealing with nulls

Creating expressions

  • Adding calculated columns
  • The CASE statement
  • Useful SQL functions

Expressions using dates

  • Getting the current date
  • Formatting dates
  • Useful date functions


  • The importance of table aliases
  • Inner joins
  • Left and right outer joins

Grouping queries

  • Aggregating single columns
  • Grouping by columns
  • Issues with counting and averaging

Creating visuals

  • Creating charts
  • Configuration options

Other ADS tools   if time

  • Using extensions
  • Dashboard widgets
Please see further up this page for what you should know beforehand (if anything) in order to attend this course.

Why Choose Us?

Here are some reasons to choose Wise Owl courses:

In addition, here are some benefits unique to classroom training:

And some benefits specific to online training:

  • Courseware manual posted to you in advance
  • Free half-hour pre-course check-up included
  • Our clever system means you can use our laptops (and we can see them)

What other people have said

Our thanks to everyone who agreed to share their thoughts. All of the following reviews are from the last 3 calendar years:

"Trainer was really great and engaging throughout the course, definitely made it an enjoyable experience for everyone. I learnt a huge amount, especially with the small tips and tricks. "

Nabeel Ahmed (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

"Great course. The trainer was really helpful and able to take the course at our pace allowing space to ask questions."

Amy Garry (MLCS3 Ltd)

"I really enjoyed the course. The notes that were provided are helpful as well. I use it as my guide while working. The course definitely strengthened the foundations of my knowledge with Tabular. It was able to simplify tabular concepts that I did not understand previously. I attended the Power BI Course last year and learned a lot from that training."

Gabriel Averia (Frontline Ltd)

"Loved the course. The trainer was extremely thorough, clear, helpful and engaging. We were all delighted with his teaching."

Henry Browne (Paragon Asra Housing Group (PA Housing))

"I enjoyed the course and picked up loads of really useful tips. I am already beginning to use Power BI to produce new visualisations for data that I am currently analysing."

Simon Hart (Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA))

There are lots more where these came from (or just refresh this page to change the quotes shown).

How our training courses work

Below are some notes on how Wise Owl courses work, to help you decide whether they're for you or not.

What you'll need

If you book on a classroom course, the only thing you need to bring to the course is ... yourself! We even provide a notepad and a suprisingly nice pen for you to take notes with.

For online training you'll need two things:

  1. A good internet connection (otherwise you'll have a frustrating time); and
  2. A second screen (a requirement, not a nice-to-have!)

You can see full details of our online course requirements here.

When you book a place

If you book a place on one of our courses:

  • For classroom courses we will send out a joining email. That's it!
  • For online courses we will get in touch to organise a half-hour pre-course check to iron out any connection problems before the course (rather than during it).

Whatever type of course you book, we will also send you out a reminder a few days before the course is due to take place - not that (we hope) you'll have forgotten!

What you won't need

For classroom training, you won't need a computer - we (obviously) will provide that. However, you're welcome to use your own laptop if you prefer, providing that you have the correct software installed.

For online training you will need a computer, but you won't need to have any software installed.  This is because you'll use Windows Remote Desktop to connect to our computers, and these will have all of the necessary files and software installed.

The start of the course

For online courses you will be able to join up to half an hour before the course begins. This will give you time to:

  • familiarise yourself with the set-up;
  • meet your trainer; and
  • get to know the other delegates!

For classroom training it's always nice if people arrive a bit early too, to give people time to meet each other (and drink coffee).

You'll be given a full colour courseware manual, an exercise booklet to go with the course and a USB stick for taking course files away (we'll post all this to you for online courses).

After the course

After the course finishes you'll receive a digital certificate proving your attendance (we will gladly send a paper copy on request also).

We don't have any formal arrangement for answering questions after the course, but if you get stuck on something and email your trainer they should (and nearly always do!) respond as quickly as their training schedule allows.

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