- Computers & Software
So you want to learn SQL?
So you want to learn SQL? Let's start with getting you the right tools for the job.
Step 1: Download SQL Server Express
Click the link below to download your free edition of SQL Server Express edition.
Free download SQL Server Express here:
- Download Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express from Official Microsoft Download Center
Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express is a powerful and reliable free data management system that delivers a rich and reliable data store for lightweight Web Sites and desktop applications.
*NOTE: Choose your download wisely.
Be sure to check the appropriate version for your architecture. In my case, I have a 64 bit machine. So I chose:
For 32 bit:
Be sure to also select Management Studio:
Step 2: Install SQL Server 2012 Express Edition
Navigate to your downloads folder and run the executable:
After extracting the appropriate files, a dialogue window will open.
Choose "New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation"
Accept the license terms and click "Next".
The installation package will begin installing the setup files. Once every task on the grid is "Complete" you will be able to select the install button. This may take a few minutes.
The "Feature Selection" dialogue will open. Click "Next", accepting all default values until you reach the "Database Engine Configuration" section.
Choose "Mixed Mode" under "Authentication Mode"
Enter a password for the "sa" account(Administrative account). Be sure it meets the complexity requirements, usually 8-characters in length and alphanumeric. *We will eventually use this user to verify the installation.
Click "Next" until you reach the "Installation Progress" section.
Once the installation is complete you'll be able to see an installation summary. All items within this summary should be tagged "Succeeded"
Click "Close" to exit the installation.
You have successfully installed SQL Server Express Edition.
- Getting Connected With SQL Server Management Studio
In my previous Hub, "So you want to learn SQL?" we successfully installed SQL Server 2012 Express Edition. Now I'll show you how to get connected to the database instance.