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m1k3m41
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Posted - 03/10/2013 :  22:00:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Is there a free program or IDE where I can test SQL commands to become better at it? I want a program where I can make my own tables, then run queries on them to practice SQL. Does something like this exist or is there another way? Right now I'm practicing by using Putty to connect to a UNIX server at my school which has SQL but it's not optimal because I have to run everything through the cmd line. Thanks guys.

James K
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Posted - 03/10/2013 :  22:16:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Download SQL Express. It is free.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29062

Get SQL Express with Tools or SQL Express with advanced services, both of which include SQL Server Management Studio that will allow you to do everything you described.
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m1k3m41
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Posted - 03/10/2013 :  22:23:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you. Would I have to generate my own tables or is there a database already pre-made in there where I can just run queries on? If there isn't, can i download one somewhere?
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m1k3m41
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Posted - 03/10/2013 :  23:14:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Actually I just downloaded it and this looks very complicated, how do I import data into this?
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bandi
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Posted - 03/11/2013 :  00:40:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi,

Did you install the SQL Express in your computer?
If yes, you can download sample databases from http://msftdbprodsamples.codeplex.com/releases/view/93587

If you haven't installed the SQL Express, follow this link to install that software
http://learnsqltips.blogspot.in/2012/01/sql-server-installation-steps.html



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Chandu
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m1k3m41
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Posted - 03/11/2013 :  00:55:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
yea i figured it out and got 2 databases to practice on now. thank you. i wish the sql server program wasn't so big though lol, it took like 30 mins to install... so many files. i was hoping to find something more lightweight cuz i'm using a laptop but this will do for now
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bandi
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Posted - 03/11/2013 :  02:20:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome..
Let us know once if you face any difficulties during practice. Any one in the forum may help you

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jackv
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Posted - 03/11/2013 :  12:08:19  Show Profile  Visit jackv's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Once you've got t-sql going well , learn to use Execution Plans and some relational theory. These will help you in years to come

Jack Vamvas
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