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Introduction to SQL Server

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Learn to use SQL Server to perform common data manipulation tasks and master common data manipulation tasks using this database system.

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Course Description

Master the basics of Microsoft SQL Server—one of the world's most popular database systems.

This course covers:
✓ How to use SELECT statements to retrieve data
✓ How to use SQL Server aggregate functions
✓ How to manipulate text fields
✓ How to retrieve data from multiple sources
✓ All of the key aspects of working with data in SQL Server

Each time you're introduced to a new concept or function, you'll have the opportunity to test your knowledge and build your confidence. You'll work with a digital media database to review the sales of various artists and tracks, Eurovision datasets, and review trends in US power outages to explore a number of different data types and scenarios.
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  1. 1

    SELECTion Box


    Hit the ground running by learning the basics of SELECT statements to retrieve data from one or more columns. You'll also learn how to apply filters to both numeric and text data, and sort the results.

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    Simple selections
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    More selections
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    Ordering and filtering
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    Order by
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    Where again
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    Working with NULL values
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    WHERE the wild things are
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    Exploring classic rock songs
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    Exploring classic rock songs - AND/OR
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    Using parentheses in your queries
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    Groups, strings, and counting things

    Herein, you'll learn how to use important SQL Server aggregate functions such as SUM, COUNT, MIN, MAX, and AVG. Following that, you'll learn how to manipulate text fields. To round out the chapter, you'll power up your queries using GROUP BY and HAVING, which will enable you to perform more meaningful aggregations.

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    Joining tables

    This chapter covers the basics of joining tables, using INNER, LEFT, and RIGHT joins, so that you can confidently retrieve data from multiple sources.

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    You've got the power

    In this final chapter, you'll get really hands on! You've worked with existing tables, but in this chapter, you'll get to CREATE and INSERT data into them. You'll also UPDATE existing records and practice DELETE statements in a safe environment. This chapter ensures the course gives you a thorough introduction to the key aspects of working with data in SQL Server.

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  • Austin O.
    5 months

    Good use of practice first hand.

  • Cesar H.
    6 months

    I wanted to share my thoughts on the introductory SQL course I recently completed. It was an incredibly valuable experience. The course not only covered the fundamentals of SQL but also provided a fantastic hands-on learning approach through exercises. The practical exercises were a standout feature, as they allowed me to apply what I learned in real-world scenarios. This hands-on experience truly solidified my understanding of SQL and made the learning process engaging and effective. I found this method of teaching to be both enjoyable and highly educational. In summary, I consider this course to be an excellent resource for anyone looking to learn SQL. The combination of clear explanations and interactive exercises makes it a valuable and efficient way to acquire this essential skill. Highly recommended!

  • Priyanka N.
    10 months

    Excellent level of teaching.

  • santhi l.
    11 months

    Good experience

  • Samuel D.
    11 months

    A real basic guide to sql. It will get your foot in the door for learning about databases and sql. Highly recommend to anyone who is interested in learning about the topic.

"Good use of practice first hand."

Austin O.

"Excellent level of teaching."

Priyanka N.

"Good experience"

santhi l.

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