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Writing Advanced SQL Queries

COURSE TYPE

Advanced

Course Number

929

Duration

3 Days

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SQL is the cornerstone of all relational database operations. In this hands-on course, you learn to exploit the full potential of the SELECT statement to write robust queries using the best query method for your application, test your queries, and avoid common errors and pitfalls. It also teaches alternative solutions to given problems, enabling you to choose the most efficient solution in each situation.

The course describes the ANSI/ISO SQL standard, but also identifies deviations from the standard in the two most widely used database products, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Maximize the potential of SQL to build powerful, complex and robust SQL queries
  • Query multiple tables with inner joins, outer joins and self joins
  • Construct recursive common table expressions
  • Summarize data using aggregation and grouping
  • Execute analytic functions to calculate ranks
  • Build simple and correlated subqueries
  • Thoroughly test SQL queries to avoid common errors
  • Select the most efficient solution to complex SQL problems

Important Course Information

Who Should Attend:

  • Those who are developing applications using relational databases, or who are using SQL to extract and analyze data from databases and need to use the full power of SQL queries.

Recommended Experience:

Course Outline

  • Introduction and Overview

SQL fundamentals

  • Why SQL can be both easy and difficult
  • Recommendations for thorough testing

Retrieving data with SELECT

  • Expressions
  • Literals
  • Handling NULLs properly

Executing queries

  • Analyzing query plans
  • Enhancing query performance
  • Retrieving partly results with FETCH and OFFSET
  • Selecting the best alternatives
  • Avoiding errors and pitfalls
  • Querying Multiple Tables

Implementing various types of joins

  • Inner joins
  • Cross joins
  • Left, right and full outer joins
  • Equijoins vs. theta joins
  • The performance implications of joins
  • Adding filter conditions to outer joins

Writing self joins

  • Joining a table to itself
  • Chaining self joins
  • Solving time-interval problems

Combining queries with set operators

  • UNION
  • UNION ALL
  • INTERSECT
  • EXCEPT
  • Aggregate Functions

Summarizing data with aggregate functions

  • COUNT
  • SUM
  • AVG
  • MIN
  • MAX
  • Managing NULLs
  • identifying duplicates

Grouping data

  • GROUP B
  • Applying conditions with HAVING
  • Calculating moving averages
  • Building crosstab reports

Extending group queries

  • Nesting grouped aggregates
  • Joins and grouping
  • Introducing subtotals with CUBE and ROLLUP
  • Performing Extensive Analysis with Analytic Functions

The OVER clause

  • Specifying the ordering before applying the function
  • Splitting the result set into logical partitions

Calculating ranks

  • RANK and DENSE_RANK
  • ROW_NUMBER with ordered sets
  • Calculating percentiles

Extending the use of aggregates

  • Partitioning in multiple levels
  • Computing running totals
  • Comparing row and aggregate values
  • Top-N queries
  • Defining sliding window boundaries
  • Building Subqueries

Self-contained subqueries

  • Subqueries in conditions and column expressions
  • Creating multilevel subqueries
  • Avoiding problems when subqueries return NULLs
  • Handling multirow subquery results
  • Finding gaps in number series

Correlated subqueries

  • Accessing values from the outer query
  • EXISTS vs. IN
  • Identifying duplicates
  • Avoiding accidental correlation

Common table expressions

  • Reusable subqueries
  • Recursive subqueries
  • Traversing hierarchies
  • Breaking Down Complex Queries
  • Overcoming SQL limitations
  • Reducing complexity and improving performance
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Standard Course Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
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Our instructor was very clear and effective in her delivery. A large part of my job is accessing and analyzing data, and I was immediately able to apply the new skills I learned in class at work. I am now running queries and developing reports like a pro! With the new skills and knowledge I gained from this course, I feel like I’m on my way to meeting my professional goals.

- M. Flanagan, Administrative Assistant
United Nations

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