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Beginning T-SQL (3rd Edition) by Kathi Kellenberger, Scott Shaw

By Kathi Kellenberger, Scott Shaw

Starting T-SQL is a performance-oriented creation to the T-SQL language underlying the Microsoft SQL Server database engine. T-SQL is key in writing SQL statements to get facts into and out of a database. T-SQL is the basis for company common sense embedded within the database within the type of kept methods and capabilities. starting T-SQL begins you at the route to gaining knowledge of T-SQL, with an emphasis on best-practices and sound coding options resulting in first-class functionality. This new version is up to date to hide the basic gains of T-SQL present in SQL Server 2014, 2012, and 2008.

Beginning T-SQL starts with an advent to databases, normalization, and to SQL Server administration Studio. realization is given to Azure SQL Database and the way to hook up with distant databases within the cloud. every one next bankruptcy teaches a facet of T-SQL, construction at the abilities realized in past chapters. routines in so much chapters provide a chance for the hands-on perform that ends up in real studying and distinguishes the useful specialist. very important concepts comparable to windowing features are lined to aid write speedy executing queries that remedy genuine company problems.

A stand-out characteristic during this publication is that the majority chapters finish with a "Thinking approximately Performance" part. those sections hide features of question functionality relative to the content material simply offered. They'll assist you stay away from newbie errors via figuring out approximately and wondering functionality from Day 1.

* Imparts top practices for writing T-SQL
* is helping you steer clear of universal errors
* indicates find out how to write scalable code for reliable functionality

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Clicking the Include Actual Execution Plan icon Listing 3-15 contains three queries to demonstrate the differences in performance found depending on whether SQL Server can take advantage of an index to return the results. Type in and execute the code in Listing 3-15. Listing 3-15. Person WHERE ModifiedDate BETWEEN '2005-01-01' and '2005-01-31'; Once the query execution completes, click the Execution Plan tab. Figure 3-14 shows the graphical execution plans for the three queries. First, take a look at the query cost for each query shown at the top of each section.

Answer this question: Why should you specify column names rather than an asterisk when writing the select-list? Give at least two reasons. CHAPTER 3 N WRITING SIMPLE SELECT QUERIES Filtering Data Usually an application requires only a fraction of the rows from a table at any given time. For example, an order-entry application that shows the order history will often need to display the orders for only one customer at a time. There might be millions of orders in the database, but the operator of the software will view only a handful of rows instead of the entire table.

The thing to remember about nonclustered indexes is that you may have to retrieve part of the required information from the rows in the table. When using a book index, you will probably have to turn to the page of the book. When searching on Google, you will probably have to click the link to view the original page. If all the information you need is included in the index, you have no need to visit the actual data. Although you can have only one clustered index per table, you can have up to 999 nonclustered indexes per table.

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