Intro to SQL

Big data is sexy right now. SQL is like the hipster of data. It was cool before people were into data. Most large companies, and many small ones, store all the valuable information about their companies in databases, and SQL is the language to get at that data and find out what you want about your customers, your products, and your entire business. SQL is a declarative language, which means it reads a lot like English, and is easy to get started with.

This class will teach you how to query databases, create them, and edit them, to get the information you need without waiting for developers or business analysts. SQL power to the people.

You'll learn:

First Half (Morning):  How to Read a Database

• What's a Database? What's SQL?

• Select statement

• Grouping by statements

• Clauses and joins

Second Half (Afternoon): How to Write to a Database

• Creating, deleting, and updating a table

• Super-awesome bonus round: subqueries

This class is the second in a series of classes focusing on data, and goes hand-in-hand with the previous GDI Database Theory class taught by Sondra Willhite. You don't need to have taken the class, but a familiarity with database concepts and terminology helps. No prior programming skills necessary, since SQL is all fun and declaratory like that.


• Preferred but not necessary to have taken Sondra Wilhite's Intro to Database Theory course. 

Please come to class with: 

• A laptop with Internet connection capability

• A burning desire to learn SQL

About the Instructor:

Vicki is a senior business intelligence analyst at Comcast. She's been wrestling with data for over five years in every format known to humanity. Currently, she does a lot of work with Hadoop, Python, and SQL. When not making CSV files cry, Vicki blogs, runs, and is working on her first novel (which is not about data at all.) She also enjoys a fine jar of  Nutella occasionally.  

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  • Vicki B.

    For anyone who was interested in the class but didn't get to sign up, a second session is now up for February:

    January 22, 2014

  • Lindsay I.

    Will there be another Intro class anytime soon??

    December 11, 2013

  • Kristin

    Any chance there might be a second class, for advanced topics?

    December 10, 2013

    • Elise

      Database and SQL can be quite broad and deep. Kristin, what would you like to know more?

      December 11, 2013

  • Roxy L.

    great, informative class with a good pace and plenty of available help.

    December 10, 2013

  • Gina

    I did not have my laptop, and Corine saved my day. Thanks Again for all your help!!!

    2 · December 8, 2013

  • Rachel Y.

    Great class as usual. The instructor assistants were VERY knowledgable and helpful. Please encourage instructors to be completely
    prepared for the group - little things like have to wait for permissions to be edited/granted drag the class.

    December 7, 2013

  • Jamie S.

    Good afternoon,
    Can someone please let me know what the procedure is if I need to cancel my attendance? I just found out my baby girl is going to be scheduled for surgery tomorrow. Please let me know and thank you!

    December 5, 2013

    • Vicki B.

      Hi Jamie, I'm sorry to hear that...I'll let Corinne and Yasmine know and they'll send you an email.

      December 6, 2013

  • Lindsay I.

    Same here!

    November 12, 2013

  • cicely

    looking forward to catching a repeat offering of this class!

    November 12, 2013

  • Celia (Sucheski) A.

    I would definitely sign up for this if there's a repeat offered - been waiting for this one!!

    November 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Me too! I've been wanting to learn SQL for a while.

      November 12, 2013

  • ali

    Please let me know if this class opens up? Can it be moved to another location that accommodates more people? There appears to be a number of people interested in attending.
    Thank you

    November 11, 2013

  • Rachel Y.

    Perfect timing. Just found out that the SQL course I was supposed to take @ MCCC has been cancelled.

    1 · November 6, 2013

    • Vicki B.

      Excellent, glad you can join!

      November 11, 2013

  • Elise

    Hi Vicki,

    If you need a TA, please let me know. More than happy to help out.


    October 23, 2013

    • Vicki B.

      Yes, thank you! We'd love to have you :) I'll shoot you an email.

      October 24, 2013

  • Lindsay I.

    Aw, man! I've been waiting for this one, but will be in San Fran that weekend!

    October 21, 2013

    • Corinne W.

      Aw, sorry Lindsay! But also kind of jealous ;)

      October 21, 2013

    • Corinne W.

      Annnd we'll run them again in 2014 - so look out for announcements end of 2013.

      October 21, 2013

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