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Classroom training -  Introduction to SQL

Classroom Training

Introduction to SQL

Classroom training course - online version also available

£695 + VAT for most venues (£795 + VAT for London)

2 days

You can use SQL to retrieve information from your corporate database (providing, of course, that you understand its structure). This two-day introductory course will show you how to create tables in SQL Server, and then how to write SQL to extract information from them. You'll learn about the WHERE clause (for setting criteria); the ORDER BY clause; how to aggregate data using GROUP BY; and how to create inner, outer and full joins!

Course details

  • Locations for Introduction to SQL coursesPossible locations:London, Manchester, Online
  • Next Introduction to SQL course locationNext classroom course:Tue 07 July 2020
  • Introduction to SQL course timesTime:09.30-16.30

Course Contents

The contents of this course are as follows:

Using SQL Server

  • SQL Server Management Studio
  • Controlling windows
  • Using Object Explorer

Creating databases - overview

  • Designing databases
  • Primary keys

Working with tables

  • Creating tables
  • Allowing nulls or not
  • Identity fields
  • Creating relationships

Query Designer

  • Building queries
  • Editing queries in the designer

Simple Queries

  • Creating queries
  • Comments
  • Indentation and case

Setting criteria using WHERE

  • Wildcards (% and _)
  • Setting criteria for dates
  • Coping with nulls

Calculations

  • Calculated columns
  • Using aliases
  • String functions and concatenation

Calculations using dates

  • GetDate
  • Converting dates
  • Useful date functions

Basic joins

  • Inner joins
  • Table aliases
  • Left and right outer joins

Aggregation and grouping

  • SUM, AVG, MIN, MAX
  • Various ways to count
  • Grouping by fields
  • Using HAVING to filter results

Views

  • The view designer
  • Limitations of the designer
  • Scripting views

Covered if time allows If time

Subqueries

  • The concept of a subquery
  • Syntax of subqueries
  • Using subqueries in a query

Covered if time allows If time

Derived tables and CTEs

  • Using derived tables
  • Common Table Expressions (CTEs)
  • Multiple CTEs in a single query

There aren't any pre-requisites for this course, although you'll find it easier if you've already seen a relational database (one with lots of tables joined together).  The course uses SQL Server Management Studio, although if you're booking an onsite SQL course we will on request use Azure Data Studio instead.

Why Choose Us?

Sample customer feedback

Our thanks to everyone who agreed to share their thoughts (note that some of these reviews may be for our online courses).

"Great step-by-step course. Trainer lively and willing to go above and beyond. Dynamic, engaging. I feel this has been incredibly useful. Recommended by colleagues."

Clara Lewis (Cafcass)

"Small group works well. Very informative and great that you can work at own pace. Lunch is a lovely touch. Recommended through work colleagues. Very friendly website."

Charlotte Kershaw (Amigo Loans)

"Loved the small group size and content. Great trainer & days well planned & spaced out. Recommendation came from a colleague."

Lianne Pierre John (Barbican Insurance Group)

"Very useful content overall. Has given me more confidence."

Jane Sims (NHS Herts Valleys CCG)

"The (small) group size really helped the learning experience."

Jack Burman (NHS Pension Scheme)

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Scheduled Introduction to SQL training dates

Here are the classroom Introduction to SQL courses we have scheduled for the next 3 months:

Dates Days Venue Price Booking
Tue/Wed 07-08 July 2020 2 £695 Book places
Thu/Fri 13-14 August 2020 2 £695 Book places
Tue/Wed 15-16 September 2020 2 £695 Book places
Tue/Wed 22-23 September 2020 2 £795 Book places
Thu/Fri 15-16 October 2020 2 £695 Book places
Thu/Fri 15-16 October 2020 2 £795 Book places
Tue/Wed 17-18 November 2020 2 £695 Book places
Thu/Fri 26-27 November 2020 2 £795 Book places
Thu/Fri 17-18 December 2020 2 £795 Book places
Date(s) Venue
07/07
13/08
15/09
22/09
15/10
15/10
17/11
26/11
17/12

All prices exclude VAT. If you can't see the dates you want, ask us about running onsite SQL training at your offices (we'll even provide and set up the computers).

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