Overview

Many organizations use databases to store their most critical information: the information that manages their day-to-day operations. After the data is stored in databases, however, it is useless unless you can retrieve it for further business analysis. One example of a database management system is Microsoft SQL Server 2012. The language you use to retrieve information from SQL Server 2012 databases is the Structured Query Language (SQL). This course, SQL: Fundamentals of Querying, will teach you to use SQL as a tool to retrieve the information you need from databases.

Objectives

In this course, you will compose SQL queries to retrieve desired information from a database.

You will:

  • Connect to the SQL Server database and execute a simple query.
  • Include a search condition in a simple query.
  • Use various functions to perform calculations on data.
  • Organize the data obtained from a query before it is displayed on-screen.
  • Retrieve data from multiple tables.
  • Export the results of a query.

Audience

This course is intended for individuals with basic computer skills, familiar with concepts related to database structure and terminology, and who want to use SQL to query databases.

Prerequisites

Basic end-user computer skills and some familiarity with database terminology and structure are required.

Outline

Lesson 1: Executing a Simple Query

 Topic A: Connect to the SQL Database

 Topic B: Query a Database

 Topic C: Save a Query

 Topic D: Modify and Execute a Saved Query

Lesson 2: Performing a Conditional Search

 Topic A: Search Using One or More Conditions

 Topic B: Search for a Range of Values and NULL Values

 Topic C: Search Data Based on Patterns

Lesson 3: Working with Functions

 Topic A: Perform Date Calculations

 Topic B: Calculate Data Using Aggregate Functions

 Topic C: Manipulate String Values

Lesson 4: Organizing Data

 Topic A: Sort Data

 Topic B: Rank Data

 Topic C: Group Data

 Topic D: Filter Grouped Data

 Topic E: Summarize Grouped Data

 Topic F: Use PIVOT and UNPIVOT Operators

Lesson 5: Retrieving Data from Multiple Tables

 Topic A: Combine the Results of Two Queries

 Topic B: Compare the Results of Two Queries

 Topic C: Retrieve Data by Joining Tables

Lesson 6: Exporting Query Results

 Topic A: Generate a Text File

 Topic B: Generate an XML File

Appendix A: The FullerAckerman Database