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Course overview

A subquery is a query nested inside another query. Subqueries are useful to data practitioners for scaling and making more powerful queries. The main reason we have subqueries is the need to combine information from multiple tables. Information in a relational database isn’t stored in a single table; it’s shared between several tables.

In this course, you’ll learn various types of subqueries, how to use them, and why they are so valuable: scalar subquery, multi-rows subquery and multi-columns subquery. You’ll also learn how to write common table expressions in SQL.

Best of all, you’ll learn by doing — you’ll practice and get feedback directly in the browser.

Key skills

  • Nesting a query inside another query
  • Employing different types of subqueries
  • Employing common table expressions
  • Scaling your project with complex queries

Course outline

SQL Subqueries [6 lessons]

Scalar Subqueries in SQL 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Extract a single value from a subquery
  • Employ a single value subquery in your queries
  • Identify why subqueries are useful

Multi-row and Multi-column Subqueries in SQL 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Extract multiple rows from a subquery
  • Extract multiple columns from a subquery
  • Scale your project with multi-row subqueries

Nested and Correlated Subqueries in SQL 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Nest a subquery inside another subquery
  • Write dependent subqueries
  • Write effective queries

Common Table Expression in SQL 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Write Common Table Expressions (CTEs)
  • Write Recursive Common Table Expression

Views in SQL 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Explain the concept and application of views in SQL
  • Create views
  • Query views
  • Create views from views
  • Drop views

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