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  SQL Server Tips by Gama and Naughter

Inner join

An inner join has an ON clause that specifies the join conditions. Rather than having a huge rowset in memory and filtering the data, like in the previous example, this join extracts only the data that meets the join conditions. The keyword INNER is optional because a JOIN clause will be INNER by default. An inner join is called equi-join when all the columns are selected with a *, or natural join otherwise.

Example: To display publishers and their corresponding titles, but only publishers that published at least one title. This is done by selecting publishers with at least one title in the table titles and titles with at least one publisher from table publishers, in other words joining by the pub_id.

SELECT dbo.publishers.pub_name, dbo.titles.title
FROM dbo.publishers INNER JOIN
dbo.titles ON dbo.publishers.pub_id = dbo.titles.pub_id


The above book excerpt is from:

Super SQL Server Systems
Turbocharge Database Performance with C++ External Procedures

ISBN: 0-9761573-2-2
Joseph Gama, P. J. Naughter


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