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Developing Microsoft SQL Server Databases

  • Price £1,935.00
  • Duration 5 day(s)
All major credit cards accepted


This 5-day instructor-led course introduces SQL Server 2014 and describes logical table design, indexing and query plans. It also focusses on the creation of database objects including views, stored procedures, along with parameters, and functions. Other common aspects of procedure coding, such as indexes, concurrency, error handling, and triggers are also covered in this course. Also this course helps you prepare for the Exam 70-464.

Target Audience:

The primary audience for this course is IT Professionals who want to become skilled on SQL Server 2014 product features and technologies for implementing a database.


Knowledge of writing T-SQL queries.
Knowledge of basic relational database concepts.


At the end of this course you will be able to:

Introduce the entire SQL Server platform and its major tools. It will cover editions, versions, basics of network listeners, and concepts of services and service accounts.
Determine appropriate data types to be used when designing tables, convert data between data types, and create alias data types.
Be aware of good design practices regarding SQL Server tables and be able to create tables using T-SQL. (Note: partitioned tables are not covered).
Implement PRIMARY KEY, FOREIGN KEY, DEFAULT, CHECK and UNIQUE constraints, and investigate cascading FOREIGN KEY constraints.
Determine appropriate single column and composite indexes strategies.
Create tables as heaps and tables with clustered indexes. Also consider the design of a table and suggest an appropriate structure.
Read and interpret details of common elements from execution plans.
Design effective non-clustered indexes.
Design and implement views
Design and implement stored procedures.
Work with table types, table valued parameters and use the MERGE statement to create stored procedures that update data warehouses.
Design and implement functions, both scalar and table-valued. (Also describe where they can lead to performance issues).
Perform basic investigation of a deadlock situation and learn how transaction isolation levels affect application concurrency.
Use both traditional T-SQL error handling code and structured exception handling.
Design and implement DML triggers
Learn appropriate uses for SQL CLR integration and implement an existing .NET assembly within SQL Server.
Store XML data and schemas in SQL Server.
Perform basic queries on XML data in SQL Server.
Work with the GEOGRAPHY and GEOMETRY data types
Implement and query a full-text index.

Course Content

Module 1: Introduction to Database Development

This module introduces database development and the key tasks that a database developer would typically perform.


Introduction to the SQL Server Platform
Working with SQL Server Tools
Configuring SQL Server Services

Lab : Introduction to Database Development

Start SQL Server Management Studio

Module 2: Designing and Implementing Tables

This module explains how to design, create, and alter tables. Also it focusses on working with schemas.


Designing Tables
Working with Schemas
Creating and Altering Tables

Lab : Designing and Implementing Tables

Improving the Design of Tables
Creating a Schema
Creating the Tables

Module 3: Ensuring Data Integrity through Constraints

This module explains how to enforce data integrity, and implement domain integrity to maintain high quality data. Also it focusses on implementing Entity and Referential Integrity.


Enforcing Data Integrity
Implementing Domain Integrity
Implementing Entity and Referential Integrity

Lab : Ensuring Data Integrity through Constraints

Designing Constraints
Testing the constraints

Module 4: Introduction to Indexing

This module describes the concept of an index and discusses selectivity, density and statistics. It covers appropriate data type choices and choices around composite index structures.


Core Indexing Concepts
Single Column and Composite Indexes
SQL Server Table Structures
Working with Clustered Indexes

Lab : Creating Indexes

Creating Tables with Clustered Indexes
Improving Performance through Nonclustered Indexes

Module 5: Advanced Indexing

This module explains covering indexes and the INCLUDE clause as well as the use of padding, hints and statistics. The module also covers the use of the Database Engine Tuning Advisor and index-related dynamic management views to assess indexing strategies.


Execution Plan Core Concepts
Common Execution Plan Elements
Working with Execution Plans
Designing Effective Nonclustered Indexes
Performance Monitoring

Lab : Planning for SQL Server 2014 Indexing

Exploring Existing Index Statistics
Creating Covering Indexes

Module 6: Columnstore Indexes

This module explains columnstore indexes, introduces clustered and nonclustered columnstore indexes, and discusses considerations for using columnstore indexes.


Columnstore Indexes
Best Practices for Columnstore Indexes

Lab : Using In-Memory Database Capabilities

Creating Columnstore Indexes

Module 7: Designing and Implementing Views

This module introduces Views, and explains how to create and manage Views. Also it focusses on the performance consideration for Views.


Introduction to Views
Creating and Managing Views
Performance Considerations for Views

Lab : Designing and Implementing Views

Designing, Implementing and Testing the WebStock Views
Designing and Implementing the Contacts View
Modifying the AvailableModels View

Module 8: Designing and Implementing Stored Procedures

This module describes the potential advantages of the use of stored procedures along with guidelines on creating them.


Introduction to Stored Procedures
Working With Stored Procedures
Implementing Parameterized Stored Procedures
Controlling Execution Context

Lab : Designing and Implementing Stored Procedures

Creating stored procedures
Creating a parameterized stored procedure
Altering the execution context of stored procedures

Module 9: Designing and Implementing User-Defined Functions

This module explains how to design and implement user-defined functions that enforce business rules or data consistency, and modify and maintain existing functions written by other developers.


Overview of Functions
Designing and Implementing Scalar Functions
Designing and Implementing Table-Valued Functions
Implementation Considerations for Functions
Alternatives to Functions

Lab : Designing and Implementing User-Defined Functions

Formatting Phone Numbers
Modifying an Existing Function
Resolving a Function-Related Performance Issue

Module 10: Responding to Data Manipulation via Triggers

This module, explains what DML triggers are and how they enforce data integrity. Also it focusses on the different types of triggers available, and how to define triggers in a database.


Designing DML Triggers
Implementing DML Triggers
Advanced Trigger Concepts

Lab : Responding to Data Manipulation via Triggers

Creating and Testing the Audit Trigger
Improving the Audit Trigger

Module 11: Using In-Memory Tables

This module covers the creation of in-memory tables and native stored procedures and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using in-memory tables.


Memory-Optimized Tables
Native Stored Procedures

Lab : Using In-Memory Database Capabilities

Working with Memory Optimized Tables
Working with Natively Compiled Stored Procedures

Module 12: Implementing Managed Code in SQL Server

This module explains how to use CLR integrated code to create user-defined database objects that are managed by the .NET Framework.


Introduction to SQL CLR Integration
Importing and Configuring Assemblies
Implementing SQL CLR Integration

Lab : Implementing Managed Code in SQL Server

Assessing Proposed CLR Code
Implementing a CLR Assembly
Implementing a CLR User-defined Aggregate and CLR User-defined Data Type

Module 13: Storing and Querying XML Data in SQL Server

This module introduces XML and shows how XML data can be stored within SQL Server and then queried, including queries written in a language called XQuery.


Introduction to XML and XML Schemas
Storing XML Data and Schemas in SQL Server
Implementing the XML Data Type
Using the T-SQL FOR XML Statement
Getting Started with XQuery
Shredding XML

Lab : Storing and Querying XML Data in SQL Server

Assessing appropriate Use of XML Data in SQL Server
Testing XML Data Storage in Variables
Retrieving Information about XML Schema Collections
Querying SQL Server Data as XML
Write a Stored Procedure Returning XML

Module 14: Working with SQL Server Spatial Data

This module introduces Spatial Data, and explains how to work with SQL Server Spatial Data Types.


Introduction to Spatial Data
Working with SQL Server Spatial Data Types
Using Spatial Data in Applications

Lab : Working with SQL Server Spatial Data

Querying the Geometry Data Type
Adding Spatial Data to an Existing Table

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