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Listed here is my series on learning SQL Server. These lessons are perfectly suited for anyone that desires to learn how to query a database. We start with the basics, using SQL Server Express Edition (Free), and focus on the commands that are used retrieve the data.

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Learn SQL now! You’ll never feel limited by what you can do, nor frustrated that you’re restricted to a few canned report to rely upon. You don’t have to be a computer wiz to follow along. I try to use plain English to explain the concepts. Though the courses can help the tech minded, such as developers, I really wrote them for the average computer user. It is my hope all you HR, Business Analysts, Engineers, and Accountants will find my site, learn SQL, and make your jobs and lives easier.

What is the Difference Between Merge and Update?

When modifying one table based on the contents of another it may be tempting to simply use the merge statement, but before you throw away all other forms of modifying data, I think it’s important for you to know the difference between merge and update. What is the Difference Between MERGE and UPDATE? Both the […]

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Introduction to the Merge Statement

Introduction to the MERGE Statement and SQL Server Data Modification The MERGE statement is used to make changes in one table based on values matched from anther.   It can be used to combine insert, update, and delete operations into one statement.  In this article, we’ll explore how to use the MERGE statement.  We discuss some […]

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Introduction to the Delete Statement

DELETE Statement

The DELETE statement is used to remove rows from a SQL Server data table.  In this article we’ll explore how to use the DELETE statement.  We discuss some best practices, limitations, and wrap-up with several examples. This is the fourth article in a series of articles.  You can start at the beginning by reading Introduction to […]

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Introduction to the UPDATE statement

The UPDATE statement is used to change data within columns of a SQL Server data table.  In this article we’ll explore how to use the UPDATE statement.  We discuss some best practices, limitations, and wrap-up with several examples. This is the third article in a series of articles.  You can start at the beginning by […]

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Introduction to the INSERT Statement using SQL Server

INSERT Statement

The INSERT statement is used to add rows to a SQL Server data table.  In this article we’ll explore how to use the INSERT statement.  We discuss some best practices, limitations, and wrap-up with several examples. This is the second article in a series of articles.  The first is entitled Introduction to SQL Server Data […]

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