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Left join. Right join. Inner join. If you've ever wondered what all this jargon means, it's time to find out. Welcome to the wild, the wacky, the insanely cool world of SQL joins.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. Understanding SQL Joins
  2. Meeting The Family
  3. Keeping It Simple
  4. Crossed Wires
  5. Finding Common Ground
  6. One Step Left...
  7. ...Two Steps Right
  8. The Bookworm Turns
  9. Up A Tree
  10. A Long Goodbye
By: The Disenchanted Developer, (c) Melonfire
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August 20, 2002

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Just as there's a left join, there's also a "right join", which does exactly what a left join does, but in reverse. Consider the following query,

SELECT * FROM a RIGHT JOIN c ON a1=c1;
which translates to "select all the rows from the right side of the join (table c) and, for each row selected, either display the matching value from the left side (table a) or display an empty row" and displays

+------+------+-----+------+ | a1 | a2 | c1 | c2 | +------+------+-----+------+ | NULL | NULL | 90 | m | | NULL | NULL | 100 | n | | NULL | NULL | 110 | o | +------+------+-----+------+ 3 rows in set (0.06 sec)
All the rows from the right side of the join - table "c" - appear in the final resultset. Those which have a corresponding value on the left side - table "a" - as per the match criteria a1 = c1 have that value displayed; the rest have a null row displayed.

 
 
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