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Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and 2017 Introduction to Querying

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Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and 2017 Introduction to Querying

This 2 day course is intended for students who are new to querying data stored in either a Microsoft SQL Server 2016 or 2017 database, and who need a measured and relatively gentle introduction to the subject. It could also prove beneficial to delegates wanting to refresh their existing querying skills. 

You will find that this is a comprehensive course for this level, with plenty of illustrated examples and augmented with practical hands-on exercises.

This course is also intended as a prerequisite to the 2 day “Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and 2017 Advanced Querying” course.

Students should ideally be familiar with basic programming concepts.


They should also understand the fundamental design of relational databases including, but not restricted to, the purpose of primary and foreign keys, entity relationships, and data normalization. These prerequisites can be met by taking the 2 day “Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and 2017 Relational Database Design and Querying Fundamentals” course.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:


  • Use SQL Server Management Studio for Querying Purposes
  • Understand the Basic Structure of SQL Server Databases
  • Understand the Components of Transact-SQL (T-SQL)
  • Retrieve Data from Tables Using the SELECT Statement
  • Filter Data Using the WHERE Clause
  • Sort Data Using the ORDER BY Clause
  • Query Data from Multiple Tables by Using Joins
  • Summarize and Group Data Using Aggregate Functions
  • Combine and Limit Result Sets
  • Work with Simple Nested Subqueries
  • Work with Correlated Subqueries
  • Add Rows of Data to a Table Using the INSERT Statement
  • Remove Rows from a Table Using the DELETE Statement
  • Modify Existing Rows Using the UPDATE Statement

1. Introduction to SQL Server Management Studio

Identifying the Elements of SSMS

Objects in a SQL Server Database

Database Diagrams

Components of a SQL Server Database Table

The Querying Environment

Creating a Script

Adding Comments to your Code

Categories of SQL Statements

ANSI-SQL and Transact-SQL (T-SQL)


2. Using the SELECT Statement to Retrieve Data

Examine the Basic Syntax of the SELECT Statement

Using String Literals and Expressions

Retrieving Columns of Data from a Table

Using Aliases for Column Names


3. Filtering Rows of Data with the WHERE Clause

How to Use the WHERE Clause

Overview of Operators

Filter Data by Using Comparison Operators

Filter Data by Using String Comparisons

Filter Data by Using Logical Operators

Filter Data Using a Range of Values

Filter Data Using a List of Values

Filter Data with NULL Values

Filtering Date and Time Data


4. Formatting and Sorting Result Sets

Sorting Data Using the ORDER BY Clause

Eliminating Duplicate Rows with DISTINCT


5. Querying Data from Multiple Tables Using Joins

Introduction to Joins

Using Inner Joins

Using Outer Joins

Using Cross Joins

Using Aliases for Table Names

Joining More than Two Tables


6. Summarizing Data Using Aggregate Functions

Using Aggregate Functions Native to SQL Server

Using Aggregate Functions with NULL Values

Grouping Summarized Data with GROUP BY

Filtering Grouped Data Using the HAVING Clause


7. Combining and Limiting Result Sets

Combining Result Sets Using the UNION Operator

Limiting Result Sets Using the TOP Operator


8. Working with Subqueries

Introduction to Subqueries

Using Subqueries as Expressions and Derived Tables

Using Correlated Subqueries

Using EXISTS with Correlated Subqueries


9. Inserting Data into Tables

Inserting a Single Row into a Table

Inserting Multiple Rows into a Table

Inserting Values into Identity Columns

Differentiating Various INSERT Statements


10. Deleting Data from Tables

Deleting Rows from a Table

Truncating a Table

Deleting Rows Based on Data in Other Tables


11. Updating Data in Tables

Updating Rows in a Table

Updating Rows Based on Data in Other Tables