• Start date
    • To be confirmed

  • Duration
    • 5 days
  • Early bird price
    Expires 3 weeks before course starts
    • $2,765 + GST

  • Regular price
    • $3,250 + GST


The course focuses on writing and tuning queries and programming with T-SQL in SQL Server 2005, 2008 and 2012. Along the course, you will learn how to use T-SQL to solve practical problems.

You will learn how to tune your queries, how to develop efficient routines including user defined functions, stored procedures and triggers, work in multi-user environments with transactions and isolation levels, and use dynamic SQL securely and efficiently.

You will also learn how to maintain and query hierarchical data. Moreover, query tuning is in the heart of this course and is incorporated in the different modules throughout the course. With each querying/programming problem the discussions will revolve around logical aspects, set-based vs. procedural programming and optimization of the solutions.

Language: English

Early Bird Discount:

2765 AUD + GST - discount expires 3 weeks before course start

Interstate early birds: If you are from Melbourne or Brisbane and want to attend, we will fly you to Sydney for free. You will be responsible for your own accommodation.


This course is intended for:

  • T-SQL programmers, DBAs, Architects and Analysts
  • Those that need to write or review T-SQL code in SQL Server 2005, 2008, and 2012


Before attending this course, it is recommended that students have the following skills:

  • At least one year of T-SQL querying and programming experience in SQL Server

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  • Understand logical query processing
  • Understand SQL Server’s internal data structures
  • Be able to analyze and tune query performance
  • Be able to analyze query execution plans
  • Be able to solve complex querying and programming problems
  • Think in terms of sets
  • Be able to compare set based and cursor based solutions
  • Use window functions to improve solutions
  • Handle date and time data including intervals
  • Describe performance problems related to use of user defined functions and possible workarounds
  • Understand execution plan caching and reuse
  • Understand transactions and concurrency aspects of database programming
  • Know how to handle hierarchical data and write recursive queries
  • Describe T-SQL enhancements in SQL Server 2008 and 2012

Course Outline

Module 01: Logical Query Processing

  • Logical Query Processing Order
  • Logical Query Processing Example
  • Phase Details
  • Set Operations

Module 02: Query Tuning

  • Internals and Index Tuning
  • Temporary Tables
  • Sets vs. Cursors
  • Query Tuning with Query Revisions

Module 03: Multi-Table Queries, Ranking and Offset Functions

  • Subqueries and Table Expressions
  • Window Ranking and Offset Functions
  • Joins
  • Set Operators

Module 04: Aggregating and Pivoting Data

  • Window Aggregate Functions
  • Pivoting and Unpivoting Data
  • Custom Aggregations
  • Grouping Sets



Module 06: Data Modification

  • Inserting Data
  • Sequences
  • Deleting Data
  • Updating Data
  • Merging Data
  • The OUTPUT Clause

Module 07: Working with Date and Time

  • Date and Time Datatypes
  • Date and Time Functions
  • Date and Time Challenges
  • Date and Time Querying Problems

Module 08: Programmable Objects

  • Dynamic SQL
  • Views and Inline Table Functions
  • User Defined Functions
  • Stored Procedures
  • Triggers
  • Transactions and Concurrency
  • Exception Handling

Module 09: Graphs, Trees and Hierarchies

  • Graphs, Described
  • Materialized Paths
    • Custom
    • Using the HIERARCHYID datatype
  • Nested Sets
  • Nested Iterations
    • Loops
    • Recursive Queries

Location Details

Sydney Mentor Itzik Ben-Gan