Sams Teach Yourself Transact-SQL in 21 Days

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Sams Teach Yourself Transact-SQL in 21 Days, 2E will teach programmers how to develop Transact-SQL queries. There will be a focus on providing methods for improving productivity without a reducing performance. Specifically, the reader will:Learn Transact-SQL syntax Learn how to add, delete, and modifying data using Transact-SQL Understand coding standards Review variations from ANSI-standard SQL Be presented with basic server operations. Recognize performance issues with queries. This book will also ...

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Overview

Sams Teach Yourself Transact-SQL in 21 Days, 2E will teach programmers how to develop Transact-SQL queries. There will be a focus on providing methods for improving productivity without a reducing performance. Specifically, the reader will:Learn Transact-SQL syntax Learn how to add, delete, and modifying data using Transact-SQL Understand coding standards Review variations from ANSI-standard SQL Be presented with basic server operations. Recognize performance issues with queries. This book will also include:Constructs such as CUBE, ROLLUP, CASE, and JOIN. Techniques to solve complex problems How the server uses indexes Methods to write (correctly) stored procedures and triggers. Templates of procedures and triggers (reference) Advanced Topics such as: Outer and self joins Temporary tables Sub-queries.

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This tutorial presents the fundamentals of Transact-SQL programming, and then goes on to cover advanced techniques and concepts. It offers guidance on producing effective SQL queries, designing and using computed columns, using indexes to optimize the manipulation of data, working with table variables, testing and debugging stored procedures, writing and testing triggers, and understanding user-defined functions. Mauer is a programmer, instructor, and consultant. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672319679
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 3/8/2001
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Lowell Mauer has been in data processing for more than 20 years as a programmer, instructor, and consultant. He has taught programming at Montclair State College in New Jersey and has developed and marketed several Visual Basic applications, including a SQL Server-based reservation system for a private golf course. As a manager of technical support, he has attended seminars and training sessions in several countries and is an expert in more than six computer languages. He currently is the Manager of Consulting for Cognos Corporation in New York.

David Solomon , President of Metis Technologies, LLC: I've been working in, on, and around SQL Server (in its incarnations from Sybase and Microsoft) since 1990, and I can't believe that I can still make a living in this technology. I consult and teach courses on SQL Server, and write books like this one from time to time.

When I'm not wasting my time working, I coach youth soccer enthusiastically. If you come to Troy, you'll probably find me on a soccer field, shouting and chasing kids and pretending I'm one of them.

I save the best of my time for my kids, Adam and Luke, my wife Carola, and my three cats, Lucifer, Sam, and Daisy. Right now, Lucifer is sitting in my desk chair, which leaves me standing.

Bennett McEwan is president of Geist, LLC, a company in scenic upstate New York, specializing in explaining SQL Server. The work Ben enjoys most is mentoring, where he helps programmers or database administrators through the tough spots in mission-critical applications.

Ben also teaches SQL Server training classes, writes, and designs Visual Basic client/ server applications, and consults on difficult SQL Server performance issues. You can catch him on comp.databases.ms-sqlserver and in the pages of Microsoft SQL Server Professional (Pinnacle Publishing).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Week 1 Working with Rows and Columns 5
Day 1 Introduction to SQL and the Query Analyzer 7
Day 2 Filtering and Sorting Data 29
Day 3 Working with Columns 69
Day 4 Working with Row Aggregates and Grouping 99
Day 5 Joining Tables 137
Day 6 Using Subqueries 181
Day 7 Adding, Changing, and Deleting Rows 195
Week 1: In Review 211
Week 2 Programming with T-SQL 213
Day 8 Defining Data 215
Day 9 Indexes and Performance 243
Day 10 Views and Temporary Tables 275
Day 11 T-SQL Programming Fundamentals 307
Day 12 Understanding Database Locking 333
Day 13 Programming with Transactions 367
Day 14 Using Cursors 391
Week 2: In Review 411
Week 3 Procedures and Triggers 413
Day 15 Writing and Executing Stored Procedures 415
Day 16 Optimizing Stored Procedures 439
Day 17 Debugging Stored Procedures 463
Day 18 Writing and Testing Triggers 487
Day 19 Solving Special Trigger Problems 507
Day 20 User-Defined Functions in SQL 531
Day 21 Handling BLOBs in T-SQL 545
Week 3: In Review 559
App. A: Answers to Quizzes and Exercises 561
Index 599
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