Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL



Gain the technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 in this course that incorporates material from the Official Microsoft Learning Product (OMLP) 2778: Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL.


SQL Server database administrators, implementers, system engineers, and developers who are responsible for writing queries


  • Knowledge of data integrity concepts
  • Core Windows Server skills
  • Relational database design skills
  • Programming skills

Learning Objectives

  • Uses of and ways to execute the Transact-SQL language
  • Use querying tools
  • Write SELECT queries to retrieve data
  • Group and summarize data by using Transact-SQL
  • Join data from multiple tables
  • Write queries that retrieve and modify data by using subqueries
  • Modify data in tables
  • Query text fields with full-text search
  • Create programming objects
  • Use various techniques when working with complex queries

1. Getting Started with Databases and Transact-SQL in SQL Server 2008

  • Overview of SQL Server 2008
  • Overview of SQL Server Databases
  • Overview and Syntax Elements of T-SQL
  • Working with T-SQL Scripts
  • Using T-SQL Querying Tools

2. Querying and Filtering Data

  • Using the SELECT Statement
  • Filtering Data
  • Working with NULL Values
  • Formatting Result Sets
  • Performance Considerations for Writing Queries

3. Grouping and Summarizing Data

  • Summarizing Data by Using Aggregate Functions
  • Summarizing Grouped Data
  • Ranking Grouped Data
  • Creating Crosstab Queries

4. Joining Data from Multiple Tables

  • Querying Multiple Tables by Using Joins
  • Applying Joins for Typical Reporting Needs
  • Combining and Limiting Result Set

5. Working with Subqueries

  • Writing Basic Subqueries
  • Writing Correlated Subqueries
  • Comparing Subqueries with Joins and Temporary Tables
  • Using Common Table Expressions

6. Modifying Data in Tables

  • Inserting Data into Tables
  • Deleting Data from Tables
  • Updating Data in Tables
  • Overview of Transactions

7. Querying Metadata, XML, and Full-Text Indexes

  • Querying Metadata
  • Overview of XML
  • Querying XML Data
  • Overview of Full-Text Indexes
  • Querying Full-Text Indexes

8. Using Programming Objects for Data Retrieval

  • Overview of Views
  • Overview of User-Defined Functions
  • Overview of Stored Procedures
  • Overview of Triggers
  • Writing Distributed Queries

9. Using Advanced Querying Techniques

  • Considerations for Querying Complex Data
  • Working with Data Types
  • Cursors and Set-Based Queries
  • Dynamic SQL
  • Maintaining Query Files