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SQL Query Design Patterns and Best Practices

By : Steve Hughes, Dennis Neer, Dr. Ram Babu Singh, Shabbir H. Mala, Leslie Andrews, Chi Zhang
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Book Image

SQL Query Design Patterns and Best Practices

5 (1)
By: Steve Hughes, Dennis Neer, Dr. Ram Babu Singh, Shabbir H. Mala, Leslie Andrews, Chi Zhang

Overview of this book

SQL has been the de facto standard when interacting with databases for decades and shows no signs of going away. Through the years, report developers or data wranglers have had to learn SQL on the fly to meet the business needs, so if you are someone who needs to write queries, SQL Query Design and Pattern Best Practices is for you. This book will guide you through making efficient SQL queries by reducing set sizes for effective results. You’ll learn how to format your results to make them easier to consume at their destination. From there, the book will take you through solving complex business problems using more advanced techniques, such as common table expressions and window functions, and advance to uncovering issues resulting from security in the underlying dataset. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll have a foundation for building queries and be ready to shift focus to using tools, such as query plans and indexes, to optimize those queries. The book will go over the modern data estate, which includes data lakes and JSON data, and wrap up with a brief on how to use Jupyter notebooks in your SQL journey. By the end of this SQL book, you’ll be able to make efficient SQL queries that will improve your report writing and the overall SQL experience.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
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Part 1: Refining Your Queries to Get the Results You Need
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Part 2: Solving Complex Business and Data Problems in Your Queries
11
Part 3: Optimizing Your Queries to Improve Performance
14
Part 4: Working with Your Data on the Modern Data Platform

Summary

In this chapter, you learned how SQL Server supports JSON as incoming data as well as how to build JSON documents from relational data. By understanding the functions that were included in this chapter, you will be able to navigate JSON data and build tabular results that can be easily used in reporting. You should now understand how to create JSON documents from relational databases that can be used by applications and developers to exchange data with SQL Server. By using these functions and techniques, you are better prepared to handle the modern data estate, which includes streaming and web-based data that is commonly formatted as JSON.

In the next chapter, we will be discussing how to work with data in your data lake or files. If that data is stored in JSON, you’ll be able to use the functions from this chapter directly with the data coming from those files or data lakes.