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TeraData Newcomer

TeraData Newcomer

TeraData Newcomer

Hi all,

Was hoping someone could point me towards a Teradata tutorial or a site explaining what it is and what it does?

Work are changing from SQL to TeraData - hoping to get a heads up.

Any help offered is gratefully recieved.


RE: TeraData Newcomer

Hello -

First part of your question - I'd suggest the best thing you can do to come up to speed, (if you have a WinXP laptop for example) is to go to the Teradata site and register to obtain a copy of the demo.

This is a fully functional demo, but is restricted in the size of the database.

It has sample code, a full set of online documentation, just about anything you'd need.

As to the second part of your question - SQL => Teradata...
I assume you mean Microsoft SQL Server, since a literal interpretation of 'SQL' would not make sense.

If that is the case, then, I'll give you a few more ideas...
Queryman - now called the Terdata SQL Assistant, is very much like Query Analyzer.  However, you want to check your options and config preferences.  The demo, installed out of box, needs to have some flags checked - otherwise, every query you have in the window will execute when you press F5.

There are a number of nice looking tools you'll want to set up and check out as well, including Teradata Manager.

BTEQWin roughly compares to SQL Server's cmd window... for the demo, the correct procedure for logging in is -
Start BTEQwin
when prompted, enter -
.logon demotdat/dbc
when the system prompts for the password, enter -

One thing about BTEQ, at least out of box, is to terminate every SQL statement with a semi-colon.  If you don't you'll sit there wondering why nothing is happening.
';' terminates the statement and infers 'COMMIT'.

example - SQL SERVER
drop table database..table
select * into database..table from database..table2

example - TERADATA
drop table table
; select * into table from table2

Hope this helps get you started.  I think you'll love using Teradata.



(It has been 3 years since I worked on a Teradata system, and the product has nicely progressed.  I manage an IT shop where we are running SQL Server 2000 EE, and are getting ready to migrate to a new ERP system running on SQL Server 2005.  But I'm a Certified Teradata Master and I like to try and keep current - you never know when another Terdata opportunity will surface! winky smile

RE: TeraData Newcomer

Oh, one more thing for the demo... The teradata service control roughly approximates the SQL Server Service Manager in that it is used to start/stop the Teradata demo system.

You need to make sure you've started Teradata before you try logging in with any of the tools.

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