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Intro to SQL Challenge

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Structured Query Language (SQL) is a database language for storing, manipulating and retrieving data. Companies use SQL when they have a need to store, update and serve data with clearly-defined relationships or using mature, proven technology, with a database language that is easy to get started with.

In this lab challenge, you'll be provided with a SQL environment and complete several SQL tasks in order to pass. This is a real environment, meaning you'll have the chance to show practical experience rather than answer questions in a multiple-choice environment.


August 24th, 2020 - Updated the lab to use in-browser Remote Desktop to streamline the lab experience

March 13th, 2020 - Updated the lab's SQL license and validation steps


  • Familiarity with the Azure Portal is helpful but not required
  • The Cloud Academy lab on working with SQL

Intended audience

  • Prospective developers, data scientists and database engineers
  • Anyone who needs the ability to store, edit and view data
  • Anyone interested in full-stack, backend or website development

What will be assessed

  • Your knowledge of basic SQL principles
  • Your ability to navigate within Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
  • Your practical ability to create and manage data using SQL

About the author

Matt Martinez, opens in a new tab
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Learning paths

Matt has worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies as a DevOps Engineer and Solutions Architect. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, and an AWS Certified Solution Architect - Associate. He enjoys reading and learning new technologies.

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Intro to SQL Challenge
Intro to SQL Challenge Part 2