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Beginning T-SQL / Edition 3

Beginning T-SQL / Edition 3

by Kathi Kellenberger, Scott Shaw
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Beginning T-SQL is a performance-oriented introduction to the T-SQL language underlying the Microsoft SQL Server database engine. T-SQL is essential in writing SQL statements to get data into and out of a database. T-SQL is the foundation for business logic embedded in the database in the form of stored procedures and functions. Beginning T-SQL starts you on the path to mastering T-SQL, with an emphasis on best-practices and sound coding techniques leading to excellent performance. This new edition is updated to cover the essential features of T-SQL found in SQL Server 2014, 2012, and 2008.

Beginning T-SQL begins with an introduction to databases, normalization, and to SQL Server Management Studio. Attention is given to Azure SQL Database and how to connect to remote databases in the cloud. Each subsequent chapter teaches an aspect of T-SQL, building on the skills learned in previous chapters. Exercises in most chapters provide an opportunity for the hands-on practice that leads to true learning and distinguishes the competent professional. Important techniques such as windowing functions are covered to help write fast executing queries that solve real business problems.

A stand-out feature in this book is that most chapters end with a "Thinking About Performance" section. These sections cover aspects of query performance relative to the content just presented. They'll help you avoid beginner mistakes by knowing about and thinking about performance from Day 1.

• Imparts best practices for writing T-SQL
• Helps you avoid common errors
• Shows how to write scalable code for good performance

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484200476
Publisher: Apress
Publication date: 08/08/2014
Edition description: 3rd ed.
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 36,477
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

strongKathi Kellenberger/strong is a consultant with Linchpin People. She enjoys writing and speaking on SQL Server topics, having written over two dozen articles, contributed to four books, and presented at many SQL Server events. In her spare time, Kathi enjoys spending time with family and friends, singing and cycling.

Table of Contents

1. Getting Started

2. Exploring Database Concepts

3. Writing Simple SELECT Queries

4. Using Built-In Functions and Expressions

5. Joining Tables

6. Building on Subqueries and Unions

7. Grouping and Summarizing Data

8. Writing Window Functions

9. Advanced WHERE Clauses

10. Query Techniques

11. Manipulating Data

12. Managing Transactions

13. Learning Procedural T-SQL

14. Moving Logic to the Database

15. Working with XML

16. Working with Data Types

17. Writing Advanced Queries

18. Where to Next?

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