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SQL Track of the Season: SQL Fundamentals in PostgreSQL

Are you ready for a new challenge this spring? Check out our SQL Track of the Season: SQL Fundamentals in PostgreSQL! In this article, we’ll answer common questions about this track.

It’s getting warmer. The flowers are slowly beginning to bloom. This can mean only one thing – spring is here. The world is coming to life after its wintertime lethargy. This is a great time for new challenges. Do you want to add something to your skillset? Are you looking to make your work easier or give your career a boost? Start this spring by learning PostgreSQL with our SQL Track of the Season.

At you can do single SQL courses. These are a great way to expand your knowledge and learn specific topics. So why do you need to take a track? Simply put, our tracks give you a complete learning experience. They’re a collection of related courses, organized in a logical and thoughtful way. You can be sure that you are learning everything you need to know in the right order – you don’t need to figure out what to take next! In short, learning paths help you take your first steps towards becoming an SQL expert.

We have many tracks to choose from on our platform. Some relate to data analysis, others to data engineering. Many of our tracks use Standard SQL, but we also have something for fans of MS SQL Server and PostgreSQL. You will certainly find something for yourself!

Starting in 2020, we've chosen a specific track to become our Track of the Season each few months. So far, we’ve featured:

  • Creating Database Structure – This is a brilliant set of courses for anyone who wants to be able to process large amounts of data quickly and efficiently. Interested? Read about this learning path here.
  • SQL from A to Z – This is our flagship SQL track and our most frequently-chosen set of courses. It's a complete hands-on experience that will make you into an advanced database user – even if you haven't dealt with IT before. Learn more about it in this article.

If you are interested in how our courses are created, my friend Agnieszka wrote an article on this topic. Take a look behind the scenes at LearnSQL’s course creation process!

Why Should You Learn PostgreSQL?

We're big fans of PostgreSQL. It’s a great solution that will work for most relational database use cases. In addition, Postgres (PostgreSQL’s nickname) is free and has a large and active community, thanks to which it is constantly growing and getting new extensions and add-ons.

Statistics show that PostgreSQL is one of the three most popular databases in the world. Many rankings, including the Stack Overflow Survey, put it in 2nd place, ahead of such giants as MS SQL Server, Oracle, and SQLite. If you want to know more, take a look at The Most Popular Databases of 2020.

The fact that this is an open-source solution does not mean that it is not used by major companies. Instagram, Skype, Reddit, and even NASA use PostgreSQL, which is a pretty strong recommendation. Do you want to know why the world's giants choose PostgreSQL? Read Jacob's article explaining why major companies choose Postgres.

All in all, learning PostgreSQL is a great idea. It will give you not only a way to use a great tool but also a skill sought by employers around the world.

What’s in the SQL Fundamentals in PostgreSQL Track?

If you've just made the decision to learn Postgres, the SQL Fundamentals in PostgreSQL track is the best place to do it. Don't worry if you've never dealt with databases before; you’ll find out everything you need to know as you go through the track. With this learning path, you will cover basic SQL statements like WHERE, GROUP BY, ORDER BY, and HAVING. You’ll also learn how to JOIN tables and how to add, modify, or remove data from a database. Sounds cool, right?

SQL Fundamentals in PostgreSQL

First, we'll cover PostgreSQL basics. You’ll learn the basic syntax and start writing your first queries. All courses are interactive, so you will not find boring lectures or videos. We focus on practice! We’ll explain each new concept step by step, and you can immediately apply it by solving real problems. Everything is done in our online console, so you don't need to install anything on your computer.

As you progress, you’ll solve more and more difficult exercises. This is how you will learn PostgreSQL!

There are three courses that make up this track:

Who Should Take This Track?

This track has a wide audience. Both complete SQL beginners without any experience in IT and more advanced users who want to expand their skills will benefit from it.

Are you a programmer or web developer? Add PostgreSQL to your arsenal. Or maybe you’re an entrepreneur who wants to start using the data collected by your company? PostgreSQL is the answer!

And anyone who dreams of a career in data analysis or data engineering will find this track is a great first step in their PostgreSQL journey.

SQL Fundamentals in PostgreSQL

How Long Does It Take to Complete This Track?

We estimate it takes 30 hours to complete all three PostgreSQL courses in this track. If you work on the courses for about 2 hours a day, you could complete the track in around two weeks! For some helpful tips on effective learning, see 5 Reasons You Might Fail to Learn SQL.

While studying, it’s important that you also take care of yourself and your health – especially your spine, which may suffer when you sit in front of the computer for long stretches. Here's how to prevent that from happening.

Ready to Get Started with PostgreSQL?

Do you know why you should bet on PostgreSQL? Most of what you learn here can also be applied to other relational database systems like MS SQL and Oracle. You will be able to check the differences between dialects in each database’s documentation.

Once you've learned the basics of PostgreSQL, you'll want to start working on your own projects. We have a guide for you on how to install PostgreSQL on Windows 10 in 5 minutes. It’ll help you painlessly get through the settings and start working with your data. Welcome to the world of databases and PostgreSQL!