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Recursive Queries in MS SQL Server

Master the most challenging type of T-SQL queries. Learn how to process trees and graphs in T-SQL, and how to effectively organize long SQL queries.

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Common Table Expressions (CTEs), often simply called WITH clauses, are essentially just named subqueries. They are a fairly new feature of T-SQL; with CTEs, you can break a long query into smaller chunks, which makes it more readable. Unlike T-SQL subqueries, CTEs can be recursive, allowing the traversal of hierarchical models of enormous depth.

About the Common Table Expressions in T-SQL Course
This course will cover simple CTEs, nested CTEs, and recursive CTEs. You will learn how to manage your T-SQL queries with CTEs, how and when to nest CTEs, and how to use recursive CTEs to move through hierarchical data models.

This course is intended for intermediate users. We assume the user knows the basics of T-SQL, including:

  • How to select from a single table, including writing complex WHERE conditions
  • How to JOIN tables
  • How GROUP BY and HAVING work
  • How T-SQL subqueries work

What Are the Requirements?

  • A web browser
  • Knowledge of basic SQL, including JOINs and GROUP BY clauses

What Am I Going To Get from This T-SQL Course?

You will discover how to:
  • Understand and use basic Common Table Expressions
  • Split long T-SQL queries with simple and nested CTEs
  • Deploy recursive CTEs
  • Write recursive CTEs that traverse a hierarchical data model

Who Should Take This Course?

  • Beginning database analysts
  • Developers who want to keep their knowledge of T-SQL current
  • Students taking classes in relational databases
  • Anyone who wants to learn Common Table Expressions in T-SQL

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