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Oracle Database 11g R2: SQL Fundamentals Training

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This Oracle 11g course will prepare students for the Oracle certification exams (OCP). This course can be used as a user guide tutorial for ongoing reference long after the course is completed.

This training course is a common starting point in the Sideris Oracle database curriculum for administrators, developers and business users.

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Learning Objectives

The objective of this course is to provide an introduction to the SQL database language within the context of an Oracle database, based upon the latest features available. This enhanced revision includes many new and expanded conceptual subjects.

  • A summation of relational database principles, an introduction to Oracle relational database server.
  • Using SQL Developer and other available SQL interfaces.
  • Writing simple SQL queries which isolate the exact data desired, format & sort the data as needed.
  • Writing moderately complex SQL queries using various join techniques.
  • Supplement SQL code with references to pseudo columns and system functions.
  • Summarizing, grouping and combining data to obtain more meaningful query results and to allow one to draw conclusions and make business decisions based upon the data processed.
  • Advanced query techniques such as set operations, sub-queries and summary functions, allowing one to solve some of the more complex theoretical query challenges.
  • Creating and maintaining database tables using the SQL Data Definition Language (DDL).
  • Managing data within tables using the SQL Data Manipulation Language (DML).
  • Taking advantage of the latest features found within the database such as the use of regular expressions, support for international data, time zones and other topics.
  • Learn to use the SQL99 join syntax and learn about the full range of join operations available, such as natural join, inner join, cross join, outer joins and others.
  • Perform advanced SQL queries using techniques e.g. CASE structures, rollup and cube operations.
  • Moving beyond basic table definitions, learn to define the full range of database objects, such as advanced table definitions and the creation of indexes, sequences, views and others.
  • Use the powerful set of built-in SQL functions. These functions provide sophisticated manipulation of character, numeric and date data elements.
  • Taking advantage of the latest features found within the Oracle release, such as the handling and tolerating DML errors without application interruption, newly added functions, and other topics.
  • Obtain database object metadata from the data dictionary.
  • Understand basic database security and object privileges.
  • Protect database integrity and extend the conceptual data model using declarative constraints.
  • Using SQL Developer and other available SQL interfaces.
  • Develop complex SQL*Plus reports, reusable SQL*Plus scripts, control the SQL*Plus environment.


The target audience for this training course is as follows:

  • All Oracle professionals, both business and systems professionals, who wish to pass the Oracle certification exams and need a "how to" guide to acquire the knowledge of SQL.
  • For non-Oracle professionals already experienced in the SQL but who wish to become acquainted with the unique and advanced features of Oracle SQL.
  • Among the specific groups for whom this course will be helpful are application developers and database administrators.

Course Outline

Relational Databases & SQL
  • About Relational Databases
  • Elements of SQL
Choosing a SQL & PL/SQL Interface
  • About Database Connections
  • About Bind Variables
  • Using SQL Developer
  • Using SQL *Plus
  • Using Application Express
Building a Select Statement
  • About the Select Statement
  • Using Alias Names
Restricting Data with the Where Clause
  • About Logical Operators
  • Equality Operator
  • Boolean Operators
  • Null & Between Operators
  • Is [Not] Null Operator
  • [Not] Between Operator
  • Finding Text Strings
  • [Not] Like Operator
  • Regexp_Like()
  • In Operator
Sorting Data with the Order By Clause
  • About the Order By Clause
  • Multiple Column Sorts
  • Specifying the Sort Sequence
  • About Null Values within Sorts
  • Using Column Aliases
  • Pseudo Columns & Functions
  • Using RowID
  • Using RowNUM
  • Using the Functions
  • SysDate
  • User & UID
  • Using the Dual Table
  • SessionTimeZone Function
  • Joining Tables
  • About Joins
  • Inner Join
  • Reflexive Join
  • Non-Key Join
  • Outer Join
Using the Set Operators
  • About the Set Operators
  • Set Operator Examples
Summary Functions
  • About Summary Functions
  • Summary Functions With Distinct
Using Sub-Queries
  • About Sub-Queries
  • Standard Sub-Queries
  • Correlated Sub-Queries
Aggregating Data within Groups
  • About Summary Groups
  • Finding Groups within the Base Tables
  • Selecting Data from the Base Tables
  • Selecting Groups from the Result Table
Build Simple SQL *Plus Reports
  • Format Column Output with Column
  • Defining Report Breaks With Break
  • Produce Subtotals with Compute
Use Data Definition Language to Create & Manage Tables
  • Create Table Statement
  • Not Null
  • Default
  • Alter Table Statement
  • Drop Table Statement
  • Supportive Statements
  • Describe
  • Rename
Use Data Manipulation Language to Manipulate Data
  • About the Insert Statement
  • About the Delete Statement
  • About the Update Statement
  • About Transactions
  • Rollback
  • Commit
  • SavePoint
  • Set Transaction
  • Truncate Table
  • Complex Table References
Appendix A
  • Reference Information
  • SQL DDL Statement Reference
  • SQL DML Statement Reference
  • SQL Transaction Control Statement Reference
  • SQL Operators Reference
SQL99 Join Techniques
  • Cross Joins
  • Natural Joins
  • Inner Joins
  • Outer Joins
  • Anti Joins
  • Using Named Subqueries
Enhancing Groups with Rollup & Cube
  • Using Rollup
  • Using Cube
Using the Case Expression SQL Functions: Character
  • String Formatting Functions
  • ASCII Codes Functions
  • Pad & Trim Functions
  • String Manipulation Functions
  • String Comparison Functions
  • Phonetic Search Functions
SQL Functions: Numeric
  • About the Numeric Functions
  • Null Value Functions
SQL Functions: Date
  • Date Format Functions
  • Date Arithmetic Functions
Database Objects: Relational Views
  • About Database Objects
  • About Relational Views
  • Updating View Data
  • Maintaining View Definitions
  • Alter View
  • Drop View
Database Objects: Data Dictionary Storage
  • About the Data Dictionary
  • Object-Specific Dictionary Views
  • User_Updatable_Columns
  • Understanding the Data Dictionary Structure
Database Objects: Indexes
  • About Indexes
  • Use B-Tree Indexes
Database Objects: Other Objects
  • More about Creating Tables
  • About Sequences
  • Alter Sequence & Drop Sequence
  • Alter Sequence
  • Drop Sequence
  • About Synonyms
  • Drop Synonym
  • Create Schema Authorization
Database Objects: Security
  • User Passwords
  • Object Security
Data Integrity Using Constraints
  • About Constraints
  • Not Null Constraint
  • Check Constraint
  • Unique Constraint
  • Primary Key Constraint
  • References Constraint
  • Defining Constraints On Existing Tables
Managing Constraint Definitions
  • Renaming & Dropping Constraints
  • Enabling & Disabling Constraints
  • Deferred Enforcement
  • Set Constraints
  • Handling Constraint Exceptions
  • Constraints with Views
  • Data Dictionary Storage
Advanced SQL *Plus Reports
  • Break
  • Compute
  • Column
  • Ttitle & BTitle
Optional - Advanced SQL *Plus Reports
  • Report-1
  • Report-2
  • Solutions
  • Report-1
  • Report-2
Optional - Building SQL *Plus Scripts
  • Using SQL *Plus Variables
  • Define & Undefine
  • Accept
  • Prompt
  • Pause
Optional - SQL *Plus Session Control
  • Controlling System Variables
  • Set
  • Show

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