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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 Querying: Fundamentals, will teach you to use SQL as a tool to retrieve the information you need from databases.
In this course, you will compose SQL queries to retrieve desired information from a database.
- 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.
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.
Basic end-user computer skills and some familiarity with database terminology and structure are required. Completion of one of the following Logical Operations courses or equivalent knowledge and skill are highly recommended:
- Using Microsoft Windows 8.1
- Microsoft Windows 8 Transition from Windows 7
Lesson 1: Executing a Simple Query
Lesson 2: Performing a Conditional Search
- Connect to the SQL Database
- Query a Database
- Save a Query
- Modify and Execute a Saved Query
Lesson 3: Working with Functions
- Search Using One or More Conditions
- Search for a Range of Values and NULL Values
- Search Data Based on Patterns
Lesson 4: Organizing Data
- Perform Date Calculations
- Calculate Data Using Aggregate Functions
- Manipulate String Values
Lesson 5: Retrieving Data from Multiple Tables
- Sort Data
- Rank Data
- Group Data
- Filter Grouped Data
- Summarize Grouped Data
- Use PIVOT and UNPIVOT Operators
Lesson 6: Exporting Query Results
- Combine the Results of Two Queries
- Compare the Results of Two Queries
- Retrieve Data by Joining Tables
- Generate a Text File
- Generate an XML File
Appendix A: The FullerAckerman Database