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Fast Track to SQL

Fast Track to SQL is a 2-day course that provides application developers with the foundation critical to any dynamic web application – database and SQL knowledge. This hands-on course gets students usable knowledge on Structured Query Language – the language of relational databases. It also extends that knowledge to database design basics, choosing the correct database for your web application, and useful interface design on the web.

Duration: 2 days

Price: 895.00
GSA Price: 856.69
Online Price: 995.00

Course Prerequisites

To gain the most from this class you should have:
  • Basic understanding of programming concepts
  • Experience using Windows operating system

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand database terminology and articulate your site's database design
  • Retrieve complex data sets from a database
  • Insert, delete and update data in tables
  • Group, order and calculate computed values on data in tables
  • Use the built-in query builder to quickly "paint" complex queries
  • Understand, compare and contrast connection strategies
  • Describe performance-enhancing data interfaces for use on the Web

Course Outline

Unit 1: Introducing Fast Track to SQL

  • Understanding the course prerequisites
  • Using the course format
  • Browsing the course outline

Unit 2: Introduction to Relational Databases

  • Define the terms used in relational database design
  • Understand why duplicate data is bad and hard to manage
  • Define a relational database
  • Contrast data architectures
  • Describe the basic concepts of relational technology
  • Logical vs. Physical Data Modeling
  • Understand Entity/Relationship diagrams
  • Describe the basics of normalization

Unit 3: Selecting Data

  • Overview of SQL Viewer
  • Using the basic SELECT statement
  • Using a column wildcard
  • Using owner and table prefixes
  • Specifying textual vs numeric data types
  • Filtering rows with the WHERE clause
  • Using comparison operators: =, <, >, and <>
  • Using Null
  • Understanding Nulls and inequality
  • Using compound WHERE clauses with AND and OR
  • Using IN and NOT IN to shorten SQL queries
  • Using LIKE for partial pattern matching

Unit 4: Creating JOIN statements

  • Describe join types
  • Creating recordsets from multiple tables using an inner join
  • Using primary and foreign keys in performing joins
  • Joining tables using ANSI-92 JOIN syntax
  • Joining 3 or more tables in a single statement
  • Using filters with joins

Unit 5: Changing database contents with INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE

  • Adding data to tables with the INSERT statement
  • Introducing the UPDATE statement
  • Using a filter
  • Using the DELETE statement
  • Flagging records deleted as an alternative to DELETE

Unit 6: Enhancing SELECT statements

  • Ordering data
  • Expressions in SELECT
  • Renaming tables and columns with aliases
  • Selecting computed columns (expressions)
  • Character strings in queries (hardcoding string output in query)
  • Aggregating values
  • Getting row counts
  • Minimum in a column: min()
  • Maximum in a column: max()
  • Average of a column: avg()
  • Sum a column: sum()
  • Grouping data
  • Grouping query results with the GROUP BY clause
  • Aggregates and groups (count, min, max, avg, sum)
  • Using the HAVING clause
  • Using positional notation in GROUP BY

Unit 7: Connecting to a RDBMS

  • Understand the Client/Server model for databases
  • Basic concept of database users and permissions
  • Discuss how database drivers work (queries and result sets)
  • Creating an ODBC Data source
  • Comparing performance (Access & MSDE)
  • Query Painters

Unit 8: Introduction to Stored Procedures

  • Description of stored procedures
  • Benefits of stored procedures
  • Incorporating procedural logic into stored procedures
  • Examples of stored procedures for SQL Server and Oracle

Unit 9: Strategies for Web Database Access

  • Understand limitations of the Web environment
  • Discuss strategies for limiting data
  • Next-n interfaces
  • Limiting to n rows returned
  • Performing dynamic searches
  • Increasing

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