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Introduction to Database Development

This module is used 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.


  • Introduction to the SQL Server Platform
  • SQL Server Database Development Tasks

Designing and Implementing Tables

This modules describes the design and implementation of tables. (Note: partitioned tables are not covered).


  • Designing Tables
  • Data Types
  • Working with Schemas
  • Creating and Altering Tables

Advanced Table Designs

This module describes more advanced table designs.


  • Partitioning data
  • Compressing Data
  • Temporal Tables

Ensuring Data Integrity through Constraints

This module describes the design and implementation of constraints.


  • Enforcing data Integrity
  • Implementing Domain Integrity
  • Implementing Entity and Referential Integrity

Introduction to Indexes

This module describes the concept of an index and discusses selectivity, density and statistics. It covers appropriate data type choices and choices around composite index structures.


  • Core Indexing Concepts
  • Data Types and Indexes
  • Single Column and Composite Indexes

Designing Optimized Index Strategies

This module includes covering indexes and the INCLUDE clause, hints, padding / fillfactor, statistics. It also execution plans and the DTE Lessons.


  • Covering Indexes
  • Managing Indexes
  • Execution Plans
  • Using the DTE

Columnstore Indexes

This module introduces Columnstore indexes.


  • Introduction to Columnstore indexes
  • Creating Columnstore indexes
  • Working Columnstore indexes

Designing and Implementing Views

This module describes the design and implementation of views.


  • Introduction to views
  • Creating and managing views
  • Performance considerations for views

Designing and Implementing Stored Procedures

This module describes the design and implementation of stored procedures.


  • Introduction to Stored Procedures
  • Working with Stored Procedures
  • Implementing Parameterized Stored Procedures
  • Controlling Execution Context

Designing and Implementing User-Defined Functions

This module describes the design and implementation of functions, both scalar and table-valued. (Also discusses where they can lead to performance issues).


  • Overview of Functions
  • Designing and Implementing Scalar Functions
  • Designing and Implementing Table-Valued Functions
  • Implementation Considerations for Functions
  • Alternatives to Functions

Responding to Data Manipulation via Triggers

This module describes the design and implementation of triggers.


  • Designing DML Triggers
  • Implementing DML Triggers
  • Advanced Trigger Concepts

Using In-Memory Tables

This module covers the creation of in-memory tables and native stored procedures. Furthermore, advantages of in-memory tables are discussed, for example the removal of transaction blocking.


  • In-Memory tables
  • Native Stored Procedures

Implementing Managed Code in SQL Server

This module describes the implementation of and target use-cases for SQL CLR integration.


  • Introduction to SQL CLR Integration
  • Importing and Configuring Assemblies
  • Implementing SQL CLR Integration

Storing and Querying XML Data in SQL Server

This module covers the XML data type, schema collections, typed and un-typed columns and appropriate use cases for XML in SQL Server.


  • Introduction to XML and XML Schemas
  • Storing XML Data and Schemas in SQL Server
  • Implementing the XML Data Type
  • Using the T-SQL FOR XML Statement
  • Getting Started with xQuery

Working with SQL Server Spatial Data

This module describes spatial data and how this data can be implemented within SQL Server.


  • Introduction to Spatial Data
  • Working with SQL Server Spatial Data Types
  • Using Spatial Data in Applications

Storing and Querying Blobs and Text Documents in SQL Server

This module covers full text indexes and queries.


  • Considerations for BLOB Data
  • Working with FileStream
  • Using Full-Text Search

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