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Start Date:

Mon, Jan 27, 9:00am - Jan 29, 5:00pm (3 sessions)

Chicago, Downtown/Loop
(Exact location to be announced)
Chicago, Illinois
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 8

What you'll learn in this programming class:

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This SQL programming course teaches students relational database fundamentals and SQL programming skills. Topics covered include relational database architecture, database design techniques, and simple and complex query skills. This class is intended for analysts, developers, designers, administrators, and managers new to the SQL programming language. 

Upon completion, participants will understand SQL functions, join techniques, database objects and constraints, and will be able to write useful SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE statements. Comprehensive hands on exercises are integrated throughout to reinforce learning and develop real competency.

Students who require coverage of Microsoft-specific features including T-SQL data types, stored procedure enhancements, intrinsic functions, XML data handling, indexed views, T-SQL cursors, table-valued functions and common table expressions, should attend the Microsoft Transact-SQL Programming course rather than this course.

Students Will Learn:

  • Designing normalized table structures for relational databases 
  • Creating databases and tables 
  • Using primary and foreign keys 
  • Writing SQL queries 
  • Using inner and outer joins 
  • Using set operators (UNION, INTERSECT, EXCEPT) 
  • Using subqueries 
  • Using triggers and stored procedures 
  • Using aggregate functions to return totals and subtotals 
  • Using table expressions

Course materials include student guide, hands-on lab manual and USB flash drive containing examples and lab files. Students receive a certificate of completion at the end of class.

Course Prerequisites: General computer knowledge. 

Course Overview

Relational Database Fundamentals

  • Overview of Relational Database Concepts
  • Relational Databases and Relational Database Management Systems
  • Data Normalization
  • DDL Syntax

Writing Basic SQL Queries

  • Displaying Table Structures
  • Retrieving Column Data From a Table or View
  • Selecting Unique Values
  • Filtering Rows Using the WHERE Clause
  • Sorting Results Using ORDER BY
  • Joining Multiple Tables
  • Using Column and Table Aliases

Creating a Database

  • Database Development Methodology Overview
  • Building a Logical Data Model
    - Identifying Entities and Attributes
    - Isolating Keys
    - Relationships Between Entities
    - Creating Entity-Relationship Diagrams
  • Transforming to Physical Design
    - Migrating Entities to Tables
    - Selecting Primary Keys
    - Defining Columns
    - Enforcing Relationships with Foreign Keys
  • Constructing the Database Using DDL
    - Creating Tables, Indexes, Constraints and Views
    - Dropping Tables, Indexes, Constraints and Views
    - Modifying Tables, Indexes, Constraints and Views

Manipulating Query Results

  • Using Row Functions
    - Character
    - Numeric
    - Date and Time
    - Data Conversion (CAST and CONVERT)
  • Using the CASE Function
  • Handling Null Values

Advanced Query Techniques

  • Inner Joins
  • Outer Joins (Left, Right, Full)
  • Performing Self-Joins
  • Subqueries
    - Simple
    - Correlated
  • Using the EXISTS Operator
  • Tips for Developing Complex SQL Queries
  • Using Aggregate Functions
    - AVG
    - COUNT
    - SUM
    - MIN
    - MAX
  • Performing Set Operations
    - UNION
  • Aggregating Results Using GROUP BY
  • Restricting Groups with the HAVING Clause
  • Creating Temporary Tables

Manipulating Table Data Using SQL's Data Manipulation Language (DML)

  • Inserting Data into Tables
  • Updating Existing Data
  • Deleting Records
  • Truncating Tables
  • Implementing Data Integrity with Transactions
    - Beginning Explicit Transactions
    - Committing Transactions
    - Rolling Back Transactions

User-Defined Functions

  • Definition and Benefits of Use
    - Syntax
    - RETURN Clause and the
    - RETURNS Statement
    - Scalar vs. Table Functions
  • Comparison with Stored Procedures
  • Returning Scalar Values and Tables

Stored Procedures

  • Definition and Benefits of Use
    - Syntax
    - Variables and Parameters
  • Control of Program Flow
  • Implementation Differences


  • Definition and Benefits of Use
  • Alternatives (e.g., Constraints)
    - Syntax
    - Trigger Types
  • "Inserted" (or "NEW") and "Deleted" (or "OLD") Tables
  • Event Handling and Trigger Execution

Working with Table Expressions

  • Overview of Table Expressions
  • Working with Views
  • Using Derived Tables
  • Common Table Expressions
  • Table-Valued Functions

Note: Classes do not have fixed location. Prior to each class they examine the geographical location of the enrolled students and then select a venue that will provide most convenient overall access for the students. Classes are held in hotel conference rooms and exact location is determined 2 weeks prior to the course date.

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Refund Policy
Tuition includes all course materials. Students may withdraw before the second day of class to receive a 100% refund, provided course materials are returned to the instructor. Prorated refunds may be granted for withdrawals after the first day.

Cancellations and Changes: There are no cancellation fees.

Attendance Requirements: Students must attend each day of a course and successfully complete hands on exercises in order to receive a certificate of completion. If a student wishes to retake any portion of a class that he or she completes, the student may do so within 12 months at no extra cost.

Intended Audience: Hands On Technical Training provides IT training designed for technology professionals who wish to quickly upgrade their computer skills. In most states, the employer bears all training costs.


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