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Getting started with SQL for Oracle

© 2007-2016 by Burleson Corporation

This course is taught at your Company site with up to 20 students. 

Click here for on-site course prices

Optional supplemental mentoring


Key Features

* Learn about SQL constructs.

* Use SQL*Plus.

* Learn advanced SQL operators.

* Use aggregation in SQL.

* Understand SQL Tuning.



Course Description

Getting started with SQL for Oracle is an intensive three-day course designed to provide Oracle professionals with an in-depth understanding of the Oracle SQL dialect and how to formulate and tune SQL statements for optimal performance.

Book Required

  Easy Oracle SQL
Get Started Fast Writing SQL Reports with SQL*Plus

John Garmany

Rampant Tech Press

ISBN 0-9727513-7-8


This course is designed for practicing Oracle professionals who have basic experience with SQL and the use of a relational database. Prior experience with Oracle is not required, but experience using SQL with a relational database is highly desirable.

Curriculum Design

This course was designed by Donald K. Burleson, an acknowledge leader in Oracle database administration.  Author or more than 20 database books, Burleson was chosen by Oracle Press to write five authorized editions, including Oracle High-Performance SQL tuning.  Burleson has over a decade of real-world DBA experience in Oracle features and shares his Oracle secrets in this intense Oracle SQL training.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course the student will be able to formulate basic and advanced SQL queries including correlated subqueries and outer joins. The student will also become familiar with Oracle SQL and will be able to use the EXPLAIN PLAN utility to view SQL execution plans.

Getting Started with Oracle SQL

© 2007-2016 by Donald K. Burleson

Introduction to SQL constructs
  • Review of Basic SQL statements
  • Select, Project, Join
  • Describing Oracle tables
  • Restricting row returns
Using SQL*Plus 
  • Creating basic reports
  • Using the set commands
  • Column wrapping
  • Creating breaks and summaries
  • Adding prompts to queries

Joining Oracle tables
  • Equi-join
  • Outer join
  • Hiding joins by creating views
  • Subqueries
  • Exercise – write a subquery
  • Correlated subquery
  • Non-correlated subqueries

Advanced SQL operators
  • Between operator
  • IN and NOT In operators
  • Sub-queries
  • EXISTS clause
  • Using wildcards in queries (LIKE operator)


Aggregation in SQL
  • Count(*)
  • Sum
  • Avg
  • Min and max
  • Using the group by clause

SQL access methods
  • Review of Basic joining methods
  • Merge join
  • Hash Join
  • Nested Loop join
  • Advanced SQL operators
  • Between operator

SQL Tuning
  • Introduction to rule-based optimization
  • Introduction to cost-based optimization
  • Collecting table and index statistics
  • Using column histograms
  • Changing the default optimizer modes
  • Using TKPROF
  • Using SQL*Trace
  • SQL reusability within the library cache
  • Table high-water mark
  • Table striping and table partitions
  • Interpreting EXPLAIN PLAN Output
  • Using indexes to improve performance
  • Identifying full-table scans
  • Re-writing SQL queries
  • Using hints to improve SQL performance
  • Using parallel query to improve performance
  • Tuning sub-queries



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