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SQL training

We offer customised training, usually on-site and for small to medium sized groups of people in an environment they're familiar with.

We offer customised training, usually on-site and for small to medium sized groups of people in the following topics:

  • General SQL Server training (includes both SQL administation and development). See sample course lower down.
  • Microsoft SQL Server Administration (recovery models, backup/restore, maintenance, security, configuration, etc.)
  • Transact SQL (writing queries; both basic and advanced T-SQL can be accommodated)
  • Database design (relational model, primary key selection, data types, referential integrity, etc.)
  • SQL Server programming (Stored Procedures, User Defined Functions, Triggers, etc.)
  • DTS/SSIS (data import/export)
  • SQL Server Performance Tuning (indexing, profiler, execution plans, slow and fast T-SQL, etc.)
  • SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services
  • Migrating from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2005
  • SQL Server client connectivity (inc. running stored procedures from VB/Access/.NET)
Just wanted to say thanks for the SQL training last week, it was exactly what we were after and everyone attending has commented on how useful they thought it was. If you ever need need us to act as a reference, we'd be happy to. 
John Boyle, Topaz Computer Systems Ltd. 

All courses are tailored to your specific requirements and are delivered onsite for your organisation only. We will discuss with you what your current level of knowledge is, your purpose in undertaking the course and what you hope to achieve. 

We will then arrange to deliver custom training, at a date and location to suit you, and can further bespoke it according to your needs and your current level of experience during the course itself. 

All training will be provided by an experienced developer with up-to-date, real-world, development expertise ( and the scars to prove it! ). 

Attendees can be new trainees or experienced software developers; however, as you would expect, our training will be most beneficial where those taking part have at least roughly similar levels of experience so that we can pitch the content at the correct level. 

In addition to our own content we are also happy to base some of the training around your own systems; perhaps looking at how to speed up a particular query, showing you how to profile your own system, analysing the design of one of your existing databases, working out how to import a specific data file or discussing a particular problem that you are experiencing. 

Courses will usually be delivered at your own site. In order to provide individual attention we recommend groups of from three to six people although we can teach up to ten people if you prefer. Small groups of trainees can also be accommodated at our offices near Cambridge if you do not want an on-site course. 

Recent training courses have been given to organizations as diverse as Amtech Power, Advantage Finance, British Heart Foundation, Eurostop, NFU Mutual, Havering NHS Trust, Nottinghamshire County Council, St Andrews University and Topaz Computer Systems. 

I was very pleased with the course and your professionalism.
Arthur Mills, Micro Business Systems Ltd. 

Prices vary according to duration, location and the amount of prior customisation required but a typical two day course delivered on-site in the UK would cost £1,800 (equivalent to £180/person/day for five people attending). 

Sample 2 day SQL Server course

This is an outline of a 2 day general purpose SQL Server training course that we have run for a number of clients who require a combined SQL Server administration and development course. 

Client/Server v File Server 
  • Processing on the client.
  • Redesign for client/server (performance, network traffic, robustness)

Component Overview 

  • Management Studio {Express} (or Ent Mgr + Qry Analyser)
  • Configuration Tools
  • Configuration Manager (or Service Mgr + client & server network utilities)
  • Books Online (BOL)
  • SQL Server Agent Integration Services (or DTS)
  • Analysis Services
  • Reporting Services
  • Database Engine Tuning Advisor
  • Profiler
  • Business Intelligence Development Studio
  •  Client Components
  • SQL Server Instances (named, default)
  • 2005 Prerequisites (Service packs, IE6 SP1, .Net Framework, MDAC)
  • 2005 Surface Area Configuration
SQL Server
  • Tables (Primary Keys, Identity, GUID)
  • Indexes (Unique, Clustered, Covering, suitable fields, unsuitable fields/tables, ranges)
  • Views
  • Stored Procedures
  • Database Diagrams
  • Triggers
  • Rules
  • Defaults
  • Declarative Referential Integrity
  • Global variables Security (NT Integrated, SQL Server, Roles and Users, sa account)
  • Datatypes (int, char, varchar, unicode, datetime, bit, decimal, timestamp, UniqueIdentifier, etc.)
  • System Stored Procedures
  • Transaction log Scripts


Transact-SQL (Queries)
  • LIKE
  • CASE statements
  • TOP, TOP Percent
  • Subqueries
  • Recovery models (Full/Simple)
  • Backups (Full and Transaction log)
  • Maintenance Plan Wizard
  • Restore (Full/Transaction Log/Point in time)
  • Restore to another database/server
  • Changing filepaths
  • Scripting restores
  • NT Integrated, SQL Server, sa account
  • Authentication and Authorization
  • Users, Logins, Schemas and Roles
  • Audit Trails
  • SQL Injection attacks
  • Encryption
Scheduling Jobs
  • SQL Server Agent
  • Sample schedules
Database Design
  •  Normalisation
  • Referential Integrity
Writing Stored Procedures 
  •  Basic stored procedure creation
  • Parameters and Variables
  • IF / ELSE
  • TRY/CATCH error trapping
  • @@Identity / Scope_Identity
  • Insert/Update/Delete Triggers
  • Accessing previous data
  • Common problems
User Defined Functions (UDFs) 
  • Types of UDFs
  • Creating User Defined Functions
Licensing Issues 
  • SQL Server licencing options