Classroom training -  Introduction to SQL

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Introduction to SQL

Live online training course - classroom version also available

£595 + VAT (where applicable)

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

If your organisation has a database built in SQL Server (whether Agresso/Unit4, Dynamics, LiquidLogic, Sage or any proprietary system) this course will show you how to get information out of it!  You'll learn how to:

  • Write queries in T-SQL or Transact SQL (the dialect of SQL used in SQL Server)
  • Apply criteria to pick out only records of interest
  • Create expressions using keywords like CASE WHEN and CAST
  • Link tables together using inner and outer joins
  • Aggregate data using the GROUP BY clause to show statistics

There's no need to install SQL Server on your computer, as you'll be using our Wise Owl laptops remotely.  And you don't need any base knowledge to join this course (although you will need to understand your corporate database to get information out of it - we can't teach you that bit!).

Course schedule

We're running our online Introduction to SQL course on the following dates:

Dates Times Price  
30 Jun-01 Jul 09:30-16:30 £595 Book
04-05 Aug 09:30-16:30 £595 Book

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Got a handful of like-minded people in your organisation? You could consider creating your own customised online course to run on a date convenient to you).

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

Covered if time allows If time

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

You can download a PDF file giving the course contents.

Benefits of our online training

Here are some reasons to choose Wise Owl online courses:

  • Maximum of 4 people per class
  • Excellent colour courseware manual posted to you in advance
  • Pre-course set-up included in the days before the course
  • No need to install any software on your computer
  • All courses given by one of our 7 full-time Wise Owl trainers

What other people have said

Many thanks to those listed below for kindly agreeing to let us use their names. All of the reviews are from the last 3 calendar years (although some may be for classroom courses):

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

Jane Sims (NHS Herts Valleys CCG)

"Good instructor, good content, very hands on training. Small class sizes are good for learning."

Mirat Santilale (Virgin Media)

"Very good course, paced correctly, full answers given. Like the memory stick; will be very, very useful."

Robert Stevenson (Cross Keys Homes)

"All very useful & being able to take everything away to review on my own will be very useful. Other people in the team have done the course before and recommended."

Jason Thomas (Crown Commercial Service)

"Use of fun examples makes learning a new task quite entertaining. Good that lunch is included and regular breaks to keep course interesting."

Jessica Amartsombat-Foskett (Barbican Insurance Group)

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How our live online training courses work

We've published a full summary of what it's like to attend a Wise Owl course online - here are the main things you need to know.

What you'll need

You'll need three things for the course:

  1. A computer (obviously) running Windows.
  2. A good internet connection.
  3. A microphone and (ideally) webcam.

In addition you'll find the course very difficult without an additional monitor (so that you can participate in the course on one screen, and use the software you're learning on the other).

What will happen when you book a place

Within a few hours of your booking a place on one of our online courses, we'll be in touch to get you set up correctly.  This usually takes about half an hour, and can be done at any mutually convenient date/time.

A few days before your course begins you'll receive a parcel in the post containing:

  • A full colour courseware manual;
  • An exercise booklet to go with the course; and
  • A USB stick containing the files for the course, should you need a back-up.

Your parcel will even include a Wise Owl Sheaffer biro (they're good; trust us) and pad.

What you won't need

You won't need to install any software at all on your computer.  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; and
  • we use GotoTraining for our online training, which is browser-based.
On and after the course

On the day of the course itself you will be able to join the course up to half an hour before it begins. This will give you time to:

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

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

You can see a blog showing exactly what it's like being in one of our online courses here.