Microsoft SQL Server 2012 T-SQL Fundamentals

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Gain a solid understanding of T-SQL—and write better queries

Master the fundamentals of Transact-SQL—and develop your own code for querying and modifying data in Microsoft SQL Server 2012. Led by a SQL Server expert, you’ll learn the concepts behind T-SQL querying and programming, and then apply your knowledge with exercises in each chapter. Once you understand the logic behind T-SQL, you’ll quickly learn how to write effective code—whether you’re a programmer or database administrator.

Discover how to:

  • Work with programming practices unique to T-SQL
  • Create database tables and define data integrity
  • Query multiple tables using joins and subqueries
  • Simplify code and improve maintainability with table expressions
  • Implement insert, update, delete, and merge data modification strategies
  • Tackle advanced techniques such as window functions, pivoting and grouping sets
  • Control data consistency using isolation levels, and mitigate deadlocks and blocking
  • Take T-SQL to the next level with programmable objects

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About the author

Itzik Ben-Gan is a principal mentor and a founder of SolidQ. A Microsoft MVP for SQL Server since 1999, Itzik teaches and consults internationally on T-SQL querying, programming, and query tuning. He has written numerous articles for SQL Server Magazine and MSDN, and speaks at industry events such as Microsoft TechEd, DevWeek, PASS, and SQL Server Connections.

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Publisher
Pearson Education
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Published on
Jul 15, 2012
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Pages
448
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ISBN
9780735673953
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Language
English
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Genres
Computers / Databases / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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