About this Course
This 5-day instructor-led course introduces SQL Server 2012 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 transactions, concurrency, error handling, triggers, and SQL CLR are also covered in this course.
All the labs for this course can be performed using the provided virtual machines. However, if you have a Microsoft Windows Azure account and the classroom virtual machines connect to the internet you may be able to connect to your Azure server and database from the classroom. Many of the labs in this course are enabled for you to perform the lab while connected to your own Azure database in the cloud. Your instructor should be able to provide a current list of Azure enabled labs.
Below are the some of the new features of SQL Server that has been discussed in this course
Use of SC collations
Current versions of Windows support extended Unicode collations known as supplementary (or SC) collations. Earlier versions of SQL Server did not support the use of these collations. The course provides details on SQL Server support for these additional collations.
Use of TRY_PARSE, TRY_CONVERT
SQL Server 2012 introduces a number of new functions. The demonstrations in the course utilize many of these new functions such as TRY_PARSE and TRY_CONVERT.
Detailed discussion on IDENTITY constraints
A new more detailed topic on IDENTITY constraints has been added to the course.
Working with SEQUENCES
SQL Server 2012 introduces the concept of sequences. The course now includes a topic and demonstration on the use of sequences.
Slight course reordering to improve overall flow
The course has been reordered from 6232B to improve the overall flow. In particular, constraints are discussed immediately after the initial discussion on logical table design. The course layout offers a more unified experience for the students with each day having a particular flavor.
Use of THROW and comparisons to RAISERROR
SQL Server 2012 enhances the available error-handling options in T-SQL. The module on error-handling has been expanded to show how to use THROW in place of RAISERROR and also to show how to rethrow errors (including system errors) within CATCH blocks using the THROW statement.
Full-globe and arc support in spatial
SQL Server 2012 adds support for geography data-type objects that span more than a single hemisphere. The course discusses the new full globe support and along with new support for curved arc objects.
Customizable nearness in full-text
The course covers how full-text indexing in SQL Server 2012 offers a more customizable and flexible proximity operation than earlier versions of SQL Server.
The primary audience for this course is IT Professionals who want to become skilled on SQL Server 2012 product features and technologies for implementing a database.
At Course Completion
After completing this course, students 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