Tag Archive: Videos


Movie ReelIn a previous post, I encouraged you to consider an older video series focussed on learning SQL Server 2005 Express. In this post, I’d like to highlight a different video series focused on SQL Server 2008 Express: SQL Server 2008 Express How-To-Guide Series. Here is how I would suggest getting the most out of these videos.

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SQL Query Tutorial & Tips (Video)

SQL Query Tutorial VideoThis next video in the Learning SQL Server video series looks at getting started with Transact-SQL (T-SQL) queries in SQL Server. A query is just a question about your data. T-SQL is just the language used to ask that question. This video looks at basic SELECT queries and then moves on to concepts of aggregations and joins. In the process, it provides tips working with queries in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).

Video: SQL Query Tutorial & Tips

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Getting Started with SQL Server VideoAfter the satisfaction of successfully installing SQL Server, you close the setup dialog. But if you’re new to SQL Server, it’s not obvious how to continue. If you’re like me, you look at the Start Menu for new items. But it’s much easier if you have a friend or coworker that can just show you a few ways to get started. Then your experimentation is a lot less random and more productive. That’s the goal of the latest video in the “Learning SQL Server” video series:

Video: Getting Started with SQL Server 2008

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SQL Server Express for Beginners Video Series

SQL Server 2005 Express for Beginners Video SeriesI’d like to recommend an older, Microsoft-created video series called SQL Server 2005 Express for Beginners. Before you skip over this post, because you’re using SQL Server 2008, be aware that most of the material in these videos applies to SQL Server 2008 as well. Continue reading

SQL Query Tutorial VideoBefore you can begin using SQL Server, you have to install it.

The following video walks you through the installation of SQL Server 2008 R2 Express:

Video: How to Install SQL Server 2008 R2 Express

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Find your Installed SQL Server Versions and Instances

It’s more common than you would expect to have SQL Server installed on your machine without knowing the exact version or edition. With tools and applications installing SQL Server behind the scenes, you may have unknowingly installed SQL Server. In this post, I’ll try to quickly explain some easy ways to investigate this question. This will include:

  • Using the Programs and Features control panel tool.
  • Understanding and viewing SQL Server instances.
  • SELECT @@VERSION

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In a blog about learning SQL Server, it can be tempting to start with the basics of installing and using SQL Server. But the “why” should always be covered before the “how”. Why use a database? What problems does it solve? When can it help you? If you already have your own answers to these questions, then feel free to skip this post and move onto other posts on this blog that more practically dive into SQL Server concepts and skills.

The following video attempts to address these questions:

Video: What is a Relational Database?

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