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SQL databases and language for nonIT people Training

Hands-on course
Duration : 3 days
Ref : SIF
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This "discovery" course will enable you to understand socalled relational databases and how they operate. You'll work with the SQL language to query the data in a base. You'll also become familiar with more advanced queries to analyze information.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the principle and contents of a relational database
  • Create queries to extract data based on different criteria
  • Produce queries with joins in order to get information from multiple tables
  • Use simple calculations and data aggregation
  • Combine results from multiple queries
  • Instructional methods

Hands-on work

Many sequential exercises for extracting data from an example database.

Introduction to databases

  • What are a database and a database server?
  • Reading a relational model.
  • Creating a table. Notions of columns and types
  • Primary key and uniqueness
  • Links between tables and referential integrity.
  • Metadata of tables, columns, and keys.
  • Tool for querying a database.

Investigating the database by searching for tables, views, columns, and keys.

Extracting data from a table

  • What is an extraction query?
  • List the values to be returned.
  • The WHERE clause for filtering data.
  • The absence of a value (NULL marker).
  • Returning unduplicated rows (DISTINCT).
  • Restriction operators (BETWEEN, IN, LIKE, etc.).

Querying multiple tables on different criteria.

Querying data from multiple tables

  • Concept of joins: Returning information from multiple tables.
  • Internal join. External join.
  • The “natural” join... and its difficulties.
  • Assembly operators (UNION, INTERSECT...).

Creating queries with joins and assembly operators.

Ranking and statistics

  • Finding aggregate values (MIN, MAX, AVG, SUM, etc.).
  • Calculating relative aggregates with GROUP BY.
  • Filtering aggregate values with HAVING.
  • Mixing aggregates and details with OVER.
  • Ranking results with RANK, ROW_NUMBER and NTILE.

Creating queries using simple and aggregate calculations. Subtotals and numbering.

Presenting and sorting data

  • Presenting data from columns with aliases
  • Converting from one type to another.
  • Making choices using the CASE operator.
  • Sorting data with ORDER BY.
  • Operations on character strings and dates.

Using functions to improve the presentation of the query result.

Using subqueries

  • What is a subquery?
  • Different types of results.
  • Subqueries of lists and IN, ANY/SOME and ALL operators.
  • Correlated subqueries.
  • Using CTE (Common Table Expressions) to factor subqueries.

Writing queries that include subqueries of different forms. Creating views.

Participants / Prerequisite

» Participants

People in charge of reporting or analysis, assistants, anyone who needs to carry out simple queries or updates on a database with SQL language

» Prerequisite

No particular knowledge. Education common to all relational databases (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, PostGreSQL, MySQL, Access, SQL Lite, etc.)

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Time schedule

Generally, courses take place from 9:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 17:30.
However, on the first day attendees are welcomed from 8:45, and there is a presentation of the session between 9:15 and 9:30.
The course itself begins at 9:30. For the 4- or 5-day hands-on courses, the sessions finish at 15:30 on the last day
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