SQL LIKE Operator

The LIKE operator is used to list all rows in a table whose column values match a specified pattern. It is useful when you want to search rows to match a specific pattern, or when you do not know the entire value. For this purpose we use a wildcard character ‘%’.

For example: To select all the students whose name begins with ‘S’

SELECT first_name, last_name
FROM student_details
WHERE first_name LIKE ‘S%’;

The output would be similar to:

first_name          last_name
————-          ————-
Stephen                 Fleming
Shekar                   Gowda

The above select statement searches for all the rows where the first letter of the column first_name is ‘S’ and rest of the letters in the name can be any character.

Create a Database by Script

SQL Server accepts Transact-SQL (which is an extended version of the SQL standard), so you could create the database by running the following SQL script.

USE master;
GO
CREATE DATABASE Music;
GO

To do this, open a new query by clicking New Query in the toolbar and run an SQL CREATE DATABASE statement.

Just as you can specify certain properties when creating a database via the GUI, you can include those same properties when creating a database by script. Here’s an example of specifying settings for the data and log files.

USE master ;
GO
CREATE DATABASE Music
ON
( NAME = Music_dat,
FILENAME = ‘C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL13.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA\Music.mdf’,
SIZE = 10,
MAXSIZE = 50,
FILEGROWTH = 5 )
LOG ON
( NAME = Music_log,
FILENAME = ‘C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL13.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA\Music_log.ldf’,
SIZE = 5MB,
MAXSIZE = 25MB,
FILEGROWTH = 5MB ) ;
GO

What is a NULL Value?

A field with a NULL value is a field with no value.

If a field in a table is optional, it is possible to insert a new record or update a record without adding a value to this field. Then, the field will be saved with a NULL value.

Note: It is very important to understand that a NULL value is different from a zero value or a field that contains spaces. A field with a NULL value is one that has been left blank during record creation!

What is the difference between various types of joins? For instance, there’s inner join, left join, right join, full join, cross join, natural join, equi-join, and semi-join?

Different types of joins are required depending on the type of data wrangling one needs to do. Let’s work with an example here. In this toy example, we have 2 tables-

  1. Married- This contains the name and social security number ( SSN) of the people who are married.
  2. Home Owners- This contains the name and social security number ( SSN) of the people who own a home

SSN is unique for each person and will be used as a primary key to merge two tables.

Let’s now look at the types of joins using the above 2 tables and which group they would provide the information on from both or either tables.

  1. Inner Join- If we want to find out people who are both married and home owners- Mia, Liz, Benjamin, Ava.
  2. Left Join- All married folks, whether or not home owners- John, James, Harper, Amy, Mia, Liz, Benjamin, Ava.
  3. Right Join– All home owners, whether or not married- Mia, Liz, Benjamin, Ava, Sophia, William, Jacob, Michael
  4. Full Join- Everyone from both tables- Mia, Liz, Benjamin, Ava, Sophia, William, Jacob, Michael, John, James, Harper, Amy.

left

Use keys from left frame only

right

Use keys from right frame only

outer

Use union of keys from both frames

inner

Use intersection of keys from both frames

What are the typical uses of service accounts in running SQL Server components?

Service accounts are all about security and access. So, for example, SQL Agent runs as a service and it can be configured (should be) to run under a service account. Let’s assume that you use Agent to run backups. Let’s also assume you backup to a shared file location on your network that’s not local to the machine you’re running SQL Agent on. You’ll need to ensure that the account configured for SQL Agent has access to that shared file location. While this may seem like work, what it in fact is doing is following the method of least access. That service account has to have access to that share, but it doesn’t need access to other file locations on your system, so you only give it what it needs and nothing more. Same thing applies to the other services and service accounts.

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How to Connect to SQL Server after Installation

This video explains on “How to Connect to SQL Server after Installation”

Applicable for SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2014 and SQL Server 2016

T0 resolve possible connection issues at basic level, ensure the following:

1. Verify and ensure correct server name is provided

2. Go to Run then services.msc then ensure SQL Server service for the respective instance is started.

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What is the difference between SQL Server and SQL?

SQL stands for Structured Query Language. SQL is used to communicate with a database. According to ANSI (American National Standards Institute), it is the standard language for relational database management systems. It is used to perform operations on the data present in database. SQL statements are used to perform tasks such as update data on a database, or retrieve data from a database. Although most database systems use SQL, most of them also have their own additional proprietary extensions that are usually only used on their system. However, the standard SQL commands such as “Select”, “Insert”, “Update”, “Delete”, “Create”, and “Drop” can be used to accomplish almost everything that one needs to do with a database. SQL commands are divided into several different types, among them data manipulation language (DML) and data definition language (DDL) statements, transaction controls and security measures.

Some common relational database management systems that use SQL are: Oracle, Sybase, Microsoft SQL Server, Access, Ingres, etc.

SQL Server is a relational database management system (RDBMS) developed by Microsoft. This product is built for the basic function of storing retrieving data as required by other applications. It can be run either on the same computer or on another across a network. It is platform dependent. It is both GUI and command based software.

SQL Server is available in various editions. Some of the editions are:

  • Enterprise
  • Standard
  • Workgroup
  • Web
  • Developer
  • Express
  • Compact
  • Datacenter
  • Business Intelligence
  • Enterprise Evaluation

So, different enterprises like web development companies, mobile app development companies, banks, outsourcing companies and many other uses RDBMS like (SQL server, Oracle) for smooth functioning of their business.

MS SQL Server – Editions

SQL Server is available in various editions. This chapter lists the multiple editions with its features.

Enterprise − This is the top-end edition with a full feature set.

Standard − This has less features than Enterprise, when there is no requirement of advanced features.

Workgroup − This is suitable for remote offices of a larger company.

Web − This is designed for web applications.

Developer − This is similar to Enterprise, but licensed to only one user for development, testing and demo. It can be easily upgraded to Enterprise without reinstallation.

Express − This is free entry level database. It can utilize only 1 CPU and 1 GB memory, the maximum size of the database is 10 GB.

Compact − This is free embedded database for mobile application development. The maximum size of the database is 4 GB.

Datacenter − The major change in new SQL Server 2008 R2 is Datacenter Edition. The Datacenter edition has no memory limitation and offers support for more than 25 instances.

Business Intelligence − Business Intelligence Edition is a new introduction in SQL Server 2012. This edition includes all the features in the Standard edition and support for advanced BI features such as Power View and PowerPivot, but it lacks support for advanced availability features like AlwaysOn Availability Groups and other online operations.

Enterprise Evaluation − The SQL Server Evaluation Edition is a great way to get a fully functional and free instance of SQL Server for learning and developing solutions. This edition has a built-in expiry of 6 months from the time that you install it.

2005 2008 2008 R2 2012 2014
Enterprise Yes Yes Yes Yes
Standard Yes Yes Yes Yes
Developer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Workgroup Yes Yes No No
Win Compact Edition – Mobile Yes Yes Yes Yes
Enterprise Evaluation Yes Yes Yes Yes
Express Yes Yes Yes Yes
Web Yes Yes Yes
Datacenter No No
Business Intelligence Yes

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