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  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-427705-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-427705-9

6+ Hours of Video Instruction


Oracle SQL LiveLessons Video Training covers the basics of the Oracle SQL programming language. This course covers both Oracle standard SQL and the ANSI approved SQL that Oracle supports. The focus of the course is to give students working knowledge of the Oracle SQL language and at the conclusion of this course, students should be able to query the Oracle database.


In this LiveLessons video course, Oracle ACE Director Dan Hotka will teach you how to use the SQL query language, interpret business questions into SQL code, and how to use Where clauses sub-queries, complex table join conditions, and how to create table objects and populate tables with data. Students will also learn how to access Oracle from Microsoft products such as Excel. In addition, they will learn how analytical SQL can be used for business analysis. This course will use both Toad and SQL Developer for SQL examples.

About the Instructor

Dan Hotka is a training specialist and an Oracle ACE director who has more than 37 years in the computer industry and more than 31 years of experience with Oracle products. His experience with the Oracle RDBMS dates back to the Oracle V4.0 days. Dan enjoys sharing his knowledge of the Oracle RDBMS. Dan is well published with 12 Oracle books and well over 200 published articles. He is also the video author for Oracle SQL Performance Tuning for Developers LiveLessons and Oracle PL/SQL Programming Fundamentals. He is frequently published in Oracle trade journals, regularly blogs, and speaks at Oracle conferences and user groups around the world. Visit his website at www.DanHotka.com.

Skill Level

  • Beginner

Learn How To

  • Use the SQL query language
  • Interpret business questions into SQL code
  • Understand Oracle standard SQL and ANSI SQL
  • Work with Where clauses, sub-queries, and complex table join conditions
  • Create table objects and populate these tables with data
  • Access Oracle from Microsoft products such as Excel
  • Use analytical SQL, useful for business analysts

Who Should Take This Course

  • Students who are new to SQL and want to learn Oracle SQL

Course Requirements

  • Basic knowledge of what is a database, especially RDBMS and what is a computer programming language

Table of Contents


Lesson 1: Oracle SQL Course Overview

Lesson 1 starts with a review of the course prerequisites and data objects used throughout the lessons.

Lesson 2: Introduction to the Course Tools

Lesson 2 illustrates the 3 tools that will be used as well. You can use any tool that works with the Oracle database but I will alternate between using Dell Software Solutions Toad tool and the free Oracle Corp SQL*Developer graphical tools. If you happen to be using one of these tools at your shop, you certainly learn more about that tool during these lessons.

Lesson 3: Introduction to SQL

Lesson 3 covers the basic SQL syntax, table joins, and use of functions.

Lesson 4: Table Joins

Lesson 4 builds on this knowledge with table joins, using both the Oracle and ANSI syntax methods and concludes with data sorting options.

Lesson 5: Functions and Pseudocolumns

Lesson 5 illustrates functions and pseudocolumns and useful coding tips and techniques involving mixing these functions to solve complex business requirements.

Lesson 6: Advanced Queries Using Sub-Queries

Lesson 6 adds to the SQL course with sub-queries and in-line views along with a variety of useful SQL coding tips and techniques.

Lesson 7: Oracle Data Manipulation and Definition Language

Lesson 7 works with creating table and modifying the data using a variety of techniques provided by the SQL language and the tool wizards.

Lesson 8: Database Management

Lesson 8 introduces a variety of related objects found in Oracle applications such as sequences, identity columns, views, and permissions. This lesson also introduces you to SQL performance tuning.

Lesson 9: Data Relationships

Lesson 9 dives into the business rules applied to the tables and data called referential integrity. This lesson covers how to view the objects and related data as well as how to save the related data for reporting and testing needs.

Lesson 10: Analytical SQL

Lesson 10 is for the business analyst working with data warehouses perhaps. This lesson introduces analytical SQL and includes a variety of analytical SQL code and useful reports. The remainder of this course focuses on reporting, scripting, and saving data into a variety of formats including popular Microsoft Office products. This course then covers some basic and advanced Oracle SQL scripting techniques. Cross-reference and pivot tables are covered in Lesson 11.

Lesson 11: Simple Reports Using SQL*Plus

Lesson 11 covers building Simple character-mode reports using SQL*Plus and illustrates how to convert these reports to web pages. This lesson also covers basic and advanced scripting topics such as SQL creating SQL, script error handling, and useful tips for building scripts for your test and application environments.

Lesson 12: Toad and SQL Developer Reports

Lesson 12 focuses on building reports using Toad and SQL*Developer.

Lesson 13: Spreadsheets and Saving the Data Using the Tools

Lesson 13 illustrates how to save the data into a variety of formats using all three course tools.

Lesson 14: Microsoft Office Programs with Oracle SQL

Lesson 14 wraps up the LiveLessons with working with Oracle SQL directly from Microsoft Office products using the ODBC environment.


These lessons cover a variety real-world examples and tips. The hands-on labs reinforce the learning environment with useful examples from real-life applications and business requirements.

About LiveLessons Video Training

The LiveLessons Video Training series publishes hundreds of hands-on, expert-led video tutorials covering a wide selection of technology topics designed to teach you the skills you need to succeed. This professional and personal technology video series features world-leading author instructors published by your trusted technology brands: Addison-Wesley, Cisco Press, IBM Press, Pearson IT Certification, Prentice Hall, Sams, and Que. Topics include: IT Certification, Programming, Web Development, Mobile Development, Home and Office Technologies, Business and Management, and more. View all LiveLessons on InformIT at: http://www.informit.com/livelessons

Sample Content

Table of Contents


Lesson 1: Oracle SQL Course Overview

                Learning objectives

1.1          Understand the course pre-requisites

1.2          Utilize the course download

1.3          Understand the course database objects

1.4          Introduce the Database Relational Model

1.5           Introduce the Oracle Architecture

Put it all together

Lesson 2: Introduction to the Course Tools

                Learning objectives

2.1          Work with SQL*Plus

2.2          Utilize SQL*Developer

2.3                Explore Toad

Put it all together

Lesson 3: Introduction to SQL

                Learning objectives

3.1          Understand Simple SQL queries

3.2          Work with Where clauses

3.3                Hands-on Lab

Put it all together

Lesson 4: Table Joins

                Learning objectives

4.1          Discover available tables/columns

4.2          Use the tools to create SQL without typing

4.3          Understand multiple table joins

4.4          Work with ANSI syntax

4.5           Use Oracle12 new ANSI join syntax

4.6           Explore sorting options

4.7          Hands-on Lab

                Put it all together

Lesson 5: Functions and Pseudocolumns

                Learning objectives

5.1           Utilize pseudocolumns

5.2           Review character/string functions

5.3           Explore date functions

5.4           Understand number functions

5.5           Work with Decode/Case/regular expressions/pattern matching functions

5.6           Work with Group By functions

5.7           Use multiple functions

5.8           Use the functions from the tools

5.9           Hands-on Lab

Put it all together

Lesson 6: Advanced Queries Using Sub-Queries

                Learning objectives

6.1           Understand sub-queries

6.2           Work with in-line views

6.3           Utilize SQL coding tips and techniques

6.4           Hands-on Lab

Put it all together

Lesson 7: Oracle Data Manipulation and Definition Language

                Learning objectives

7.1          Understand how to create tables

7.2          Utilize subsets of tables

7.3          Work with inserting data

7.4          Explore updating data

7.5           Utilize deleting data

7.6           Use the MERGE command

7.7          Utilize the tools to perform DML and DDL operations

7.8           Hands-on Lab

Put it all together

Lesson 8: Database Management

                Learning objectives

8.1           Work with sequences
8.2           Understand identity columns

8.3           Explore creating views

8.4           Understand permissions

8.5           Use indexes to increase SQL performance

8.6           Introduce SQL performance tuning

8.7           Hands-on Lab

Put it all together

Lesson 9: Data Relationships

                Learning objectives

9.1           Learn what referential integrity is

9.2           Explore your data relationships

9.3           Use entity-relationship diagrams

9.4           View related data

9.5           Save related data (useful for test data/reports)

9.6           Live Demonstration

Put it all together

Lesson 10: Analytical SQL

                Learning objectives

10.1        Introduce analytical SQL

10.2        Use analytical functions

10.3        Explore partitioning functions

10.4        Utilize windowing functions

Put it all together

Lesson 11: Simple Reports Using SQL*Plus

                Learning objectives

11.1        Introduce SQL*Plus formatting commands

11.2        Build simple reports

11.3        Utilize HTML reports

11.4        Explore creating pivot tables

11.5        Introduce Oracle scripting

11.6        Hands-on Lab

Put it all together

Lesson 12: Toad and SQL Developer Reports

                Learning objectives

12.1        Use the Toad Report Writer

12.2        Explore creating reports using SQL Developer

12.3        Hands-on Lab

Put it all together

Lesson 13: Spreadsheets and Saving the Data Using the Tools

                Learning objectives

13.1        Explore saving data/creating spreadsheets using SQL*Plus

13.2        Utilize saving data/creating spreadsheets using SQL*Developer

13.3        Work with saving data/creating spreadsheets/Access databases using Toad

13.4        Hands-on Lab

Put it all together

Lesson 14: Microsoft Office Programs with Oracle SQL

                Learning objectives

14.1        Introduce ODBC drivers

14.2        Implement Oracle connections using ODBC

14.3        Explore SQL from Excel

14.4        Understand SQL from Access

Put it all together



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