Friday, 21 April 2017

2 Great Courses For Databases Professionals - Deal Of the Week

I received  the email from Learning Tree on Wednesday with their weekly offer of courses running in the London Education Center this May. There are 2 Great  Courses For Databases Professionals.  Aside from the SrumMaster course which is priced separately you can get the courses listed for £750 plus VAT.

The courses on offer are:

276 Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Prep 8th May            
8420 Querying SQL Server 2016 Data with Transact-SQL (20761) 8th May            
1531 SharePoint 2013 Technologies Introduction 16th May
8409 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (10979) 15th May
1813 *Certified ScrumMaster® 22nd May (*Certified Scrum Master Price £1000 + VAT)

If you are new to SQL Server and want to learn all about writing queries using transact-SQL then course 8420 Querying SQL Server 2016 Data with Transact-SQL (20761) running on the 8th of May will be good course you to attend it’s Microsoft Official Curriculum  (MOC) and last five days. The course covers a lot in 5 days including:

  •          Describe the basic architecture and concepts of Microsoft SQL Server 2016
  •          Understand the similarities and differences between Transact-SQL and other computer languages
  •          Write SELECT queries
  •          Query multiple tables
  •          Sort and filter data
  •          Describe the use of data types in SQL Server
  •          Modify data using Transact-SQL
  •          Use built-in functions
  •          Group and aggregate data
  •          Use subqueries
  •          Use table expressions
  •          Use set operators
  •          Use window ranking, offset and aggregate functions
  •          Implement pivoting and grouping sets
  •          Execute stored procedures
  •          Program with T-SQL
  •          Implement error handling
  •          Implement transactions


Also “Cloud” is term that a DBA or database professional will likely become familiar with as their career develops. If you have the SQL query skills already and want to get familiar with Azure then  8409 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (10979) running 15th May for 2 days could be for you. You will learn

  •          Describe cloud computing, Azure, and Azure subscriptions
  •          Describe and create Azure Web Apps
  •          Create and configure VMs in Microsoft Azure
  •          Create an Azure virtual network
  •          Describe Azure storage
  •          Describe and deploy databases in Azure
  •          Describe Azure AD


This course will give you a good grounding in Azure essentials

These courses can be attended in-class in London or online - Check out my on Learning Tree blog on the 7 benefits of online training http://blog.learningtree.com/7-benefits-live-online-training/

If you want to book a seat on any of these courses send me an email training@gethynellis.com

Thursday, 20 April 2017

What is SQL Server?

I’ve been playing around with YouTube, making some tutorial videos on SQL Server and it’s been a fun process so far. For my first video I decided to start at the beginning – This video looks at what SQL Server is? Basically what comes under the SQL Server umbrella? What comprises the SQL Server Product

Whilst that sounds like a straight forward tasks, I have found this video  quite hard to write and put together and it took at least 5 takes to record the 8 minutes.

What is SQL Server?

  • It’s the database engine
  • It Integration Services
  • Reporting Services
  • Analysis
  • All the R integration


There is a lot to SQL Sever and it very difficult to summarize into a YouTube video, which I’m told for optimal views should be 7 minutes or less.

This is 8 minutes long. Try as I might I couldn’t squeeze it into 7 minutes. This is my second video as I do more of these and get better at it I might revisit this topic again to try and hit the 7 minute mark but I’m happy with this for now.




The video is loosely based on this blog post from February 2016 Introduction to SQL Server: The Main Components

Monday, 10 April 2017

Gethyn Ellis:My SQL Server You Tube Channel

Its been an interesting weekend at gethynellis.com I have been attempting to put together a SQL Server YouTube channel. I’m planning on put lots of tutorials and how to videos on there. David P already has his own, where he records his SQL Saturday talks. Mine will be a little more “bits size” with the videos and tutorials being broken down into small chunks. Hopefully under 10 minutes long per video.


I’m planning on show casing to you some of the awesome features I that SQL Server has to offer. Features  that you can use to ensure that you mission critical database

  • ·      Perform well
  • ·      Your data is kept secure
  • ·      Can be recovered in the event of a disaster
  • ·      Are highly available – I’ll show you the high availability features that allow you to quickly failover to another site minimizing business disruption     
  •     Maybe a look at running SQL Server in the cloud too

You can see my attempt at an introduction below – believe it or not this short introduction which lasts just over a minute took an hour to write and construct and over 5 attempt or takes to film. Its harder than many make it appear no doubt the more I practice the better I’ll get at it.







The first two tutorials are in production, I have the content and slides and demos pretty much done – it just needs sewing together. Which is what takes the time. I hope you enjoy please do feel free to leave a comment if you have any suggestions on content, tutorials or anything else for that matter.

Update - Before I published this post I posted the video to youtube and posted a link out on twitter...@kevchant was kind enough to watch it and spotted some mistakes, which I have corrected. Thanks Kev