I am very new to SQL

  • Ryan-gee

    Valued Member

    Points: 65

    I just started working with SQL about 4-5 months ago and I am very new to it. I've been in IT for several years but as far as certifications go, I know nothing about the DBA or SQL ones. Can someone please explain which certifications are good and in what order to obtain them?

  • Jeff Moden

    SSC Guru

    Points: 995624

    Whether you go for certifications or not, I'd definitely go for being an expert in T-SQL, Table Design, and Index Design before anything else.

    --Jeff Moden

    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
    "If you think its expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."--Red Adair
    "Change is inevitable... change for the better is not."

    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems
    How to Post Performance Problems
    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

  • Alan Burstein

    SSC Guru

    Points: 61074

    I'm with Jeff, there is no substitute for T-SQL expertise and database design. SQL Server Developer edition (2014 and 2016) is identical to SQL Server Enterprise except that you can't use Developer edition for business purposes. Get a copy and begin playing around with them. I'd recommend a computer with 2-4 CPUs (4 preferably) which you can get cheap if you don't already have one.

    I have done quite well in my SQL career without any certs; certs are not essential but there's nothing wrong with them either. If you feel compelled to get a cert I'd start with Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014 (Exam 70-461). I haven't taken the test but I've read the training book which is excellent:

    Training Kit (Exam 70-461) Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (MCSA) (Microsoft Press Training Kit)

    "I cant stress enough the importance of switching from a sequential files mindset to set-based thinking. After you make the switch, you can spend your time tuning and optimizing your queries instead of maintaining lengthy, poor-performing code."

    -- Itzik Ben-Gan 2001

  • Chris Harshman


    Points: 41960

    Certification or not, one thing is to never stop learning. Hanging out around here is a good start, I learn new things every day from the articles, editorials, stairways, forums, etc. It doesn't matter if it's learning a completely different way of thinking about a problem, or just a little technique that helps contribute to your regular patterns and practices. I've worked at places where the database person before me was certified, but I could tell pretty quickly they made some big errors. I've always held that certification is neither necessary nor sufficient to prove mastery of a computer technology.;-)

  • Sreejith!


    Points: 2389

    Here you go and Good luck for your exam:-)


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