Back to basics: Transact-SQL programming fundamentals – (Part 1)

n the first of this three-part series, you will learn how to use scripts and batches, and basics of T-SQL variables.

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Basit Aalishan Masood-Al-Farooq

Basit Farooq is an internationally known Lead SQL DBA, trainer, and technical author with twelve years' experience of the Microsoft technology stack. He is an accomplished development and production SQL Server DBA with a proven record of delivering major projects on time and within budget. He is an expert at evaluating the clients' needs against the capabilities of the SQL Server product set, with the objective of minimizing costs and maximizing functions by making innovative use of advance capabilities. He has developed and implemented many successful database infrastructures, data warehouses, and business intelligence projects.

Basit was the sole author of SQL Server 2014 Development Essentials book published by Packt Publishing. He was also a technical reviewer for SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Blueprints, Marlon Ribunal and Mickey Stuewe and Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012, James Serra and Bill Anton, both by Packt Publishing. Basit has authored approximately 250+ SQL Server technical articles on various SQL Server topics for different SQL Server community sites, including:,,,,, and He also blogs regularly at about SQL Server topics.

Basit holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from London Metropolitan University and industry-standard certifications from Microsoft, Sun, Cisco, Brainbench, ProSoft, and APM, which include MCITP Database Administrator 2008, MCITP Database Administrator 2005, MCDBA SQL Server 2000 and MCTS .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications.

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