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jimtimber
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Posted - 07/29/2014 :  11:05:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
HI,

I've been thrown in at the deep end at work and am wanting to teach myself SQL at home. Do you have any recommendations for free, good online tutorials/training please?

At work we use MSSQL 2008. I don't do the table creation etc, as we use 3rd party software. I purely run queries on those tables and want to learn how to do that better. I know basics like SELECT, COUNT etc but want to learn more so I can stop asking so many questions on here.

Any advice would be greatly received!

J

Jim

James K
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Posted - 07/29/2014 :  11:43:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My recommendations, depending on your skill level:

1. W3Schools http://www.w3schools.com/sql/default.asp
2. Books by Itzik Ben-Gan. He has a beginners book and a few more advanced ones. This is my biased opinion - I like his style of writing
3. Pluralsight is not a free sight, but they have a lot of in-depth videos.
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jimtimber
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Posted - 07/29/2014 :  11:47:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi James,

I use that W3Schools site. That's how I taught myself the real basics. I'm at a point where I'm looking at slightly more advanced querying, such as MAX value etc. I'll have a look at the others you suggest. We have a book in the office by Itzik Ben-Gan but is too advanced for my level. I'll see if the company will buy me his beginners book.

Thank you for your suggestions :)

Jim

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SharkAl
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Posted - 07/31/2014 :  03:46:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This guy does some great free SQL basic tutorials. 64 videos in total I think.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL08903FB7ACA1C2FB
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jimtimber
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Posted - 07/31/2014 :  04:04:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks SharkAl, i'll have a look at some of those tonight :)

Jim
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