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  • Starts with the absolute basics, then builds your T-SQL skills one step at a time
  • Simplifies complicated techniques such as stored procedures, triggers, and functions
  • Includes detailed practical coverage of database application security
  • Reflects the latest versions of T-SQL, SQL Server, and SQL Server Management Studio


  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 5-3/8" x 8-1/4"
  • Pages: 432
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-672-33743-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-672-33743-7

Master T-SQL database design, development, and administration the easy way–hands-on!

In just one hour a day, you’ll build all the skills you need to create effective database applications with T-SQL and SQL Server. With this complete tutorial, you’ll quickly master the basics and then move on to more advanced features and concepts:

  • Learn the fundamentals of T-SQL from the ground up, one step at a time
  • Succeed with the newest versions of T-SQL, SQL Server, and SQL Server Management Studio
  • Use T-SQL effectively as both an application developer and DBA
  • Master powerful stored procedures, triggers, transactions, and user-defined functions (UDFs)
  • Systematically optimize and secure your SQL Server databases

Learn on your own time, at your own pace

  • No previous T-SQL or database programming experience required
  • Learn how to design efficient, reliable SQL Server databases
  • Define efficient tables, table relationships, fields, and constraints
  • Make the most of T-SQL’s SELECT and UPDATE statements
  • Work effectively with simple and complex views and joins
  • Master stored procedure techniques every developer should know
  • Build and use powerful User-Defined Functions (UDFs)
  • Secure databases with authentication, roles, permissions, and principals
  • Configure, maintain, and tune SQL Server for maximum reliability, performance, and value
  • Back up, restore, and audit databases
  • Optimize databases with the SQL Server Profiler, System Monitor, and Index Tuning Wizard
  • Leverage valuable insight and time saving techniques from a world renowned database expert

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Table of Contents

Introduction    1

1: Database Basics    5

What Is a Database?    5

What Is a Table?    5

What Is a Database Diagram?    6

What Is a View?    7

What Is a Stored Procedure?    8

What Is a User-Defined Function?    9

What Is a Trigger?    10

2: SQL Server Basics    13

Versions of SQL Server 2014 Available    13

SQL Server Components    16

Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio    19

Connecting to a Database Server    25

Installing the Sample Files    27

3: Creating a SQL Server Database    33

Creating the Database    33

Defining Database Options    36

The Transaction Log    39

Attaching to an Existing Database    40

4: Working with SQL Server Tables    45

Creating SQL Server Tables    45

Adding Fields to the Tables You Create    46

Working with Constraints    50

Creating an Identity Specification    56

Adding Computed Columns    57

Working with User-Defined Data Types    58

Adding and Modifying Indexes    60

Saving Your Table    64

5: Working with Table Relationships    67

An Introduction to Relationships    67

Creating and Working with Database Diagrams    70

Working with Table Relationships    77

Designating Table and Column Specifications    79

Adding a Relationship Name and Description    81

Determining When Foreign Key Relationships Constrain the

Data Entered in a Column    81

Designating Insert and Update Specifications    84

6: Getting to Know the SELECT Statement    89

Introducing T-SQL    89

Working with the SELECT Statement    90

Adding on the FROM Clause    92

Including the WHERE Clause    93

Using the ORDER BY Clause    101

7: Taking the SELECT Statement to the Next Level    105

Adding the DISTINCT Keyword    105

Working with the FOR XML Clause    107

Working with the GROUP BY Clause    109

Including Aggregate Functions in Your SQL Statements    110

Taking Advantage of the HAVING Clause    117

Creating Top Values Queries    118

8: Building SQL Statements Based on Multiple Tables    121

Working with Join Types    121

9: Powerful Join Techniques    129

Utilizing Full Joins    129

Taking Advantage of Self-Joins    130

Exploring the Power of Union Queries    133

Working with Subqueries    136

Using the INTERSECT Operator    137

Working with the EXCEPT Operator    138

10: Modifying Data with Action Queries    141

The UPDATE Statement    141

The INSERT Statement    143

The SELECT INTO Statement    145

The DELETE Statement    146

The TRUNCATE Statement    147

11: Getting to Know the T-SQL Functions    149

Working with Numeric Functions    149

Taking Advantage of String Functions    151

Exploring the Date/Time Functions    163

Working with Nulls    170

12: Working with SQL Server Views    177

An Introduction to Views    177

Using T-SQL to Create or Modify a View    185

13: Using T-SQL to Design SQL Server Stored Procedures    191

The Basics of Working with Stored Procedures    192

Declaring and Working with Variables    198

Controlling the Flow    200

14: Stored Procedure Techniques Every Developer Should Know    215

The SET NOCOUNT Statement    215

Using the @@ Functions    216

Working with Parameters    221

Errors and Error Handling    227

15: Power Stored Procedure Techniques    233

Modifying Data with Stored Procedures    233

Stored Procedures and Transactions    237

16: Stored Procedure Special Topics    243

Stored Procedures and Temporary Tables    243

Stored Procedures and Cursors    245

Stored Procedures and Security    250

17: Building and Working with User-Defined Functions    253

Scalar Functions    253

18: Creating and Working with Triggers    263

Creating Triggers    263

Creating an Insert Trigger    266

Creating an Update Trigger    269

Creating a Delete Trigger    272

Downsides of Triggers    274

19: Authentication    277

The Basics of Security    277

Types of Authentication    278

Creating Logins    280

Creating Roles    285

20: SQL Server Permissions Validation    299

Types of Permissions    299

Getting to Know Table Permissions    309

Getting to Know View Permissions    312

Getting to Know Stored Procedure Permissions    314

Getting to Know Function Permissions    315

Implementing Column-Level Security    315

21: Configuring, Maintaining, and Tuning SQL Server    321

Selecting and Tuning Hardware    321

Configuring and Tuning SQL Server    324

22: Maintaining the Databases You Build    335

Backing Up Your Databases    335

Restoring a Database    338

The Database Engine Tuning Advisor    341

Creating and Working with Database Maintenance Plans    344

23: Performance Monitoring    355

Executing Queries in SQL Server Management Studio    355

Displaying and Analyzing the Estimated Execution Plan    358

Adding Indexes to Allow Queries to Execute More Efficiently    362

Setting Query Options    364

SQL Server Profiler    367

24: Installing and Upgrading SQL Server    377

Installing SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition    377

Installing SQL Server Management Studio    385

Index    389


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