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Hi Expert,

In My website,

I am searching inquiries based on event. inquiry is associated with 1 or more events.

There are 2 tables inquiry(inquiry_id,comapnyname,category,..) and inquiry_event(id,inquiry_id,event_id).

I store all inquiry information in inquiry table.
and each inquiry associated event(may be one or more) storing in secondory table inquiry_event table.

now when i want to search inquiry based on event which join in useful / Inner Join or left join ?

Currently i am using inner join working fine .


select * from inquiry inq INNER JOIN inquiry_event inqevent ON inq.inquiry_id=inqevent .inquiry_id 
WHERE inqevent.event_id=10

Now here can i use left join ?.

Please Help me.

thanks in advance.

The LEFT OUTER JOIN includes all rows in the left table in the results, whether or not there is a match on the join column in the right table.
This INNER JOIN is known as an equi-join. It returns all the columns in both tables, and returns only the rows for which there is an equal value in the join column.

You should read about JOINS. Start from here: MSDN: JOIN fundamentals[^]

Move on to:
MSDN: Using Outer Joins[^]
MSDN: Using Inner Joins[^]
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udusat13 19-Jul-12 8:24am    
Thanks For replying me.
Now I got idea and actual difference between these 2 and other 2 joins.
You should use a left join where the table on the right is adding extra, optional information to the table on the left. When you use a left join, if the join-column entry doesn't exist in the right table, all the columns from the right table are filled out with nulls in that row of the result.

An inner join will eliminate those rows entirely. You should use that when you require that both tables have data for the item, for example if you're looking up dispatched orders and you are joining from an orders and deliveries table, it might make sense to inner join so that undelivered orders are not in the result.

In your case, the answer comes down to whether you want to have a result returned when an inquiry doesn't have an event associated with it yet. I'd say you probably do so I'd use a left join in this situation.
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udusat13 19-Jul-12 8:26am    
Thanks For replying me.
Now I got idea and actual difference between these 2 and other 2 joins.
And decided to use inner join.
I think joins are best understood visually.
Check these links.

1. CP[^]
2. Coding Horror[^]
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udusat13 19-Jul-12 8:26am    
Thanks for links.

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