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  • SQL Azure is Microsoft's RDBMS for the cloud. Because it is based on SQL Server, developers can apply what they know about SQL Server to SQL Azure immediately. SQL Azure is its own product and, over time, developers will discover that they need to know some extra items in order to be fully productive on this platform. This module covers much of what developers need to know: basic development, security models, integration with existing platforms, and pricing. It covers new features like the SQL Azure OData service as well.

  • SQL | PHP | MySQL

    In this course you will learn how to create dynamic, data driven websites using the LAMP stack. The course focuses on the integration of the LAMP components (especially MySQL and PHP) to create a complete working site. Throughout the course, a lending library that needs a web application to track its books and borrowers provides a scenario for discussion and demonstration. Attention is also paid to best practices for keeping the site secure. Students should have a basic prior knowledge of relational databases and SQL and of the PHP language (variables, operators, loops, branches, and simple string handling). Basic competence at the Linux command line (including the ability to edit text files) is also assumed. Students can follow along with all demos by pre-installing Centos 6 (or similar) into a virtual machine.

  • This course explains what Big Data, Hadoop and Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) data warehouse technologies are, and how the latter two are converging technologically. Products from Hadapt, Teradata, ParAccel, Microsoft and Cloudera -- all of which integrate with Apache Hadoop -- are investigated

  • If you need to modify data in a SQL Server database, then you need to know how to use the INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE statements. This course starts by explaining how to find information about the tables and columns you want to modify. It then explains the INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements in detail along with various methods for limiting the data being modified. Finally it moves beyond the basic modification statements to more advanced topics like the MERGE statement, error handling and more. More then thirty five demos help to give you a thorough understanding of how to perform these essential operations, all using a freely-available demo environment that you're shown how to set up and configure. This course is perfect for developers who need to modify data in SQL Server databases, from complete beginners through to more experienced developers who can use some of the modules as reference material. The information in the course applies to all versions from SQL Server 2005 onwards.

  • If you need to retrieve data from a SQL Server database then you need to know how to use the SELECT statement. This course starts with the basics of a SELECT statement and its various sub-clauses, and progresses to how to select from multiple data sources in the same statement and a comprehensive section on the functions available to manipulate, aggregate, and convert data during the select operation. More then fifty demos help to give you a thorough understanding of how to perform these essential operations, all using a freely-available demo environment that you're shown how to set up and configure. This course is perfect for developers who need to query SQL Server databases to retrieve data, from complete beginners through to more experienced developers who can use some of the modules as reference material. The information in the course applies to all versions from SQL Server 2005 onwards.

  • Redgate SQL Prompt by Dan Sullivan
    SQL

    Using Redgate SQL Prompt to complete SQL code as you type, define your own SQL code snippets, and refactor the metadata defining your database.

  • Robust Transact-SQL coding practices dictate proactive planning for anticipated and unanticipated errors that might occur during code module execution. SQL Server’s flavor of Transact-SQL provides several commands that can be used to properly handle errors in your code and this course will cover the fundamental commands you’ll need to know, as well as effective error handling techniques that will help you properly handle issues for high throughput, mission-critical data tiers. This course is perfect for developers, DBAs, and anyone responsible for writing Transact-SQL code, from complete beginners through to those with more experience. The information in the course applies to all versions from SQL Server 2005 onward, with some emphasis on new SQL Server 2012 commands.

  • From developer to analyst, this course tackles a few big questions about big data: Why does this technology exist and why do I need it? How can I get the best out of it utilizing something familiar like SQL and how does this all fit together in an ever-evolving eco-system? This course will introduce the concepts of distributed computing, Hadoop and MapReduce and then goes into great detail into Apache Hive which is an SQL-like query language that can be used with Hadoop and NoSQL databases like HBase and Cassandra. The course presents some challenges you might experience solving real production problems and how Hive makes that task easier to accomplish.

  • Introduction to SQL by Jon Flanders

    Structured Query Language (SQL) is a special purpose language for interacting with relational databases. This course is a gentle introduction to SQL and will lead you through the basics you need for querying, updating, and creating items in a database.

  • This course provides an overview of the recent additions to the SQL language that have been added over the last few years, but that may have slipped under your radar. We will describe Analytic Functions, extensions to GROUP BY, the WITH Clause (Oracle's Subquery Factoring Clause/SQL Server's Common Table Expressions), the PIVOT and UNPIVOT Features, the MERGE Statement and, finally, the PARTITION BY/RIGHT OUTER JOIN syntax.

  • Query plan analysis is both a science and an art, and the best tool for the job is SQL Sentry Plan Explorer. In this demo-heavy course, you'll learn how to make the most of the Free and Pro Editions of the tool to make query plan analysis and performance tuning much easier and more intuitive than using SQL Server Management Studio. The course starts by comparing the Management Studio with Plan Explorer, demonstrating how Plan Explorer solves the problems and shortcomings that Management Studio has. The course then describes and demonstrates all the features of both Editions of Plan Explorer, showing how to use them to best effect using practical examples. This course is perfect for anyone who is responsible for query tuning and query plan analysis, from SQL Server 2005 onward.

  • This course introduces SQL programmers and new Oracle database administrators to several methods to make SQL queries execute faster, such as transforming your data to normal form, using more efficient SQL code, and using indexes, as well as how to work with partitions.

  • Every single database has its own integrated development environment (IDE) to facilitate database developers to perform various database tasks like writing code, automating processes, and debugging. SQuirreL SQL Client is a universal SQL client supporting over 60 different popular databases. It allows users to view the structure of a database, browse the data in tables, issue SQL commands, and more.

  • This course describes Oracle functionality useful to the SQL-savvy data analyst, and features topics such as ordering your data with NULLs appearing first or last, using FETCH to subset your data, using SAMPLE to randomly sample from a table, using CROSS APPLY and OUTER APPLY, how to use the MODEL feature to access the rows and columns of a database table like a spreadsheet, generating random numbers, computing occurrences, using nested tables, and much, more.

  • SQL Server - TSQL by Dan Sullivan

    This course is primarily for C# developers who use SQL Server in their applications. T-SQL developers and Database Administrators will also find it useful. It covers the fundamentals of using SQL Server from T-SQL to the CLR, to automating processing with SQL Server Integration services.

  • SQL Server Fundamentals by Dan Sullivan

    This course is primarily for C# developers who use SQL Server in their applications. T-SQL developers and Database Administrators will also find it useful.

  • Learn how to use SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).

  • Introduction to SQL Server by Dan Sullivan

    This course starts with a high level introduction to relational databases. It follows up with the use of the Data Modification and Data Definition Languages that are part of SQL Server.

  • There is so much information online about SQL Server, however much of it is inaccurate to some degree. In this course, you will learn the truth behind more than 80 myths and misconceptions about SQL Server that can cause you performance and availability problems - from someone who wrote the SQL Server code. This course is perfect for developers and DBAs who have been struggling to make sense of conflicting information about SQL Server. The information in the course applies to all versions from SQL Server 2005 onwards.

  • SQL Server performance tuning is an in-depth topic, and an art to master. A key component of overall application performance tuning is query tuning. Writing queries in an efficient manner, and making sure they execute in the most optimal way possible, is always a challenge. The basics revolve around the details of how SQL Server carries out query execution, so the optimizations explored in this course follow along the same lines.

  • SQL Server Performance: Indexing Basics by Pinal Dave & Vinod Kumar

    Indexes are the most crucial objects of the database. They are the first stop for any DBA and Developer when it is about performance tuning. There is good side as well evil side of the indexes. To master the art of performance tuning one has to understand the fundamentals of the indexes and the best practices associated with the same. This course is for every DBA and Developer who deals with performance tuning and wants to use indexes to improve the performance of server.

  • One of the easiest ways to collect information about SQL Server workloads is to capture trace information. This course will introduce you to using SQL Trace and SQL Profiler for tracing SQL Server activity, including common pitfalls and problems to avoid. You'll learn how to analyze the collected information using a variety of methods that will help with performance troubleshooting, workload benchmarking, activity auditing, and much more. The course is perfect for developers and DBAs who need to collect information about workloads running on SQL Server for analytic purposes. The information in the course applies to all versions from SQL Server 2005 onwards.

  • Where do you start looking when trying to diagnose a performance problem with SQL Server? The answer is to use wait statistics! This course will introduce you to the powerful 'waits and queues' performance tuning methodology. You'll learn how SQL Server's thread scheduling system works, what wait statistics are and how to use them, what more advanced synchronization mechanisms like latches and spinlocks are, and a wealth of detail about common performance issues and how to diagnose and solve them. The course is perfect for developers and DBAs who have been struggling to figure out how to start troubleshooting performance problems with SQL Server. The information in the course applies to all versions from SQL Server 2005 onwards.

  • There are many problems that can lower the performance of your workload and one of the most common is an incorrect query plan. Often the poor query plan is chosen because the cardinality estimate is wrong - the estimate by the query processor of how many table rows will be involved in the query. This course shows you how to recognize when the query processor has an incorrect estimate, along with explaining and showing a multitude of possible causes, plus how to fix them. The course starts with explaining why query plan quality is important, and then shows how to easily spot cardinality estimate issues from examining query plans. The majority of the course shows all the possible causes of cardinality estimates being incorrect along with how to fix them, and more than 25 demos to walk you through practical examples of the concepts and problems in the lectures. This course is perfect for developers, DBAs, and anyone responsible for performance tuning on SQL Server. The information in the course applies to all version from SQL Server 2005 onwards.

  • How do you configure Windows correctly for running SQL Server 2012? Which Edition of SQL Server 2012 should you select? How do you choose a RAID level for the SQL Server storage? Which installation options should you choose for SQL Server, and how do you keep SQL Server up-to-date after installing it? This course answers all these questions and more. The course begins by explaining why it is so important to install SQL Server 2012 correctly, and then explains how to configure Windows for stability and performance, choose a storage RAID level that takes the anticipated SQL Server workload into account, and test the storage to ensure it has the performance required. It then describes and shows the SQL Server 2012 installation process, including which options to choose or not, along with common configuration mistakes to avoid. After that it explains how to keep your SQL Server 2012 instance up-to-date with Service Packs and Cumulative Updates, as well as post-installation configuration tasks such as provisioning tempdb. Finally it explains how to configure Database Mail and SQL Server Agent Alerts so that you are notified of critical errors when they occur, plus installing and configuring a simple solution for regular database maintenance, such as backups and index rebuilds. This course is perfect for anyone who is installing SQL Server for the first time and needs guidance on how to properly configure Windows, SQL Server, storage, and regular maintenance so that the SQL Server installation is stable, performs well, and adheres to configuration best practices.

  • This course explores the new developer-centric SQL Server Data Tools introduced with SQL Server 2012, including advanced SSDT topics such as snapshots, schema compares, and database deployment to both on-premise and cloud-based servers. In addition to a deep exploration of SSDT, several enhancements to the T-SQL language in SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2012 are explored, including table-valued parameters (TVPs), MERGE, windowing, sequence objects, error handling and host of new built-in functions.

  • There are a wealth of problems that can affect the performance of SQL Server workloads, and this course shows you more than 35 common performance issue patterns. With 17 detailed demos, you're shown how to recognize each pattern along with practical troubleshooting guidance that you can use. The course starts with high-level issues around people and practices, before moving to technical areas like I/O, concurrency, memory, and CPU. The course also has modules on specific areas like tempdb, application design, and factors that can affect query plan quality. This course is perfect for developers, DBAs, and anyone responsible for SQL Server, from complete beginners through to those with more experience who want a fresh way to troubleshoot SQL Server. The information in the course applies to all versions from SQL Server 2005 onwards.

  • The logging and recovery mechanism is one of the most misunderstood parts of SQL Server, but it's one of the most critical for you to understand. There are a lot of log management problems you can run into that can cause workload performance problems and even application outages. This comprehensive course, written by someone who has actually worked on the SQL Server logging and recovery code itself, explains everything practical there is to know about how logging and recovery work, and how to avoid and recover from problems with the transaction log. The course follows a building-blocks approach, starting with a simple definition and example of how logging is used, and then covering transaction log architecture and log recorss themselves. Using this knowledge, the course then moves into details of checkpoint operations, general transaction log operations including log clearing and VLF management, and how recovery and crash recovery work. The three recovery models are described in detail, as well as how to create and configure transaction logs for optimal performance, including monitoring transaction log performance. The course ends with a detailed module on transaction log backups, tail-of-the-log-backups, and examining transaction log contents, and then a module on dealing with transaction log corruption and how logging and recovery are used in high-availability technologies. The course is perfect for anyone who has to manage SQL Server and wants to avoid common transaction log problems, as well as those looking for in-depth coverage of everything to do with the transaction log. The information in the course applies to all versions from SQL Server 2005 onwards.

  • When you experience a performance problem, how can you easily tell where the problem is without being able to compare against a known-good set of measurements? This course explains how to create a performance baseline for a SQL Server instance using benchmarking techniques. The course begins by exploring the reasons for benchmarking and baselining, along with how to decide what to capture, when and how often to capture it, and where to store it. It then explains how to use the Performance Monitor tool in detail, along with how to capture query information using SQL Trace and Extended Events, and then analyze that information using the free Clear Trace and ReadTrace tools. After that it describes and demonstrates the multitude of Dynamic Management Views that can be used to gather information about SQL Server, before ending with a summary that pulls all the modules together. This course is perfect for those with no experience of benchmarking and baselining, and those with some experience but who want to solidify their understanding of creating and using benchmarks and baselines. The information in the course applies to all versions from SQL Server 2005 onwards.

  • Deadlocks can be very problematic when they occur, especially if you do not know how to figure out what's making the deadlocks occur so that you can take steps to prevent them. This course explains how the locking mechanism in SQL Server works and the circumstances that can lead to deadlocks occurring. The course then describes and demonstrates the various methods for detecting deadlocks in SQL Server and collecting information about the deadlocks so they can be analyzed, plus how to perform deadlock graph analysis using XML, Profiler, Management Studio and third-party tools. Common deadlock scenarios are explained and demonstrated, including lock escalation deadlocks, multi-victim deadlocks, reverse object order deadlocks, and more. The course concludes with how to handle deadlocks in Transact-SQL and ADO.NET code, including the implementation of custom retry logic. This course is perfect for those with no experience of deadlock analysis and those with some experience but who want to solidify their understanding of deadlocks and how to analyze and prevent them. The information in the course applies to all versions from SQL Server 2005 onwards.