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Hi all,
I want to perform an intersection or minus operation in Ms SQL.
I was trying the following:

(select language.language from language)
intersect
(select language.language
from language,user,user_language
where
language.id = user_language.user_id
and
user.id = user_language.lang_id)

The table structures are:
user:
         id          varchar      primary key
         name     varchar
language:
         id           varchar     primary key
         language varchar
user_language:
        user_id    varchar
        lang_id    varchar


It's working fine if I give replace intersect with union. But for intersect it's giving the following error:

Server: Msg 156, Level 15, State 1, Line 2
Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'intersect'.

But I need to do the intersect operation. Does MS SQL not support intersect or my query is wrong.
Pls help
Thanks in advance
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Question by:kajalg
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by:Hilaire
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intersect doesn't exist in SQL Server

You should get what you want with

select distinct language.language
from language l inner user_language ul on l.id = ul.language_id
inner join user u on u.id = ul.user_id
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by:Hilaire
ID: 10731243
you don't need the INTERSECT in the above query, because the inner joins checks for existence of the language in the language table

HTH

Hilaire
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by:Hilaire
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select distinct l.language
from language l inner user_language ul on l.id = ul.language_id
inner join user u on u.id = ul.user_id
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by:kajalg
ID: 10738508
There was an error in the query I gave. The where clause should be
"........
language.id = user_language.lang_id
and
user.id = user_language.user_id....
"
I think you pointed out the mistake.
However I run your query.

select distinct l.language
from language l inner user_language ul on l.id = ul.language_id
inner join user u on u.id = ul.user_id

It's giving the following error

Server: Msg 155, Level 15, State 1, Line 2
'user_language' is not a recognized join option.

 
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by:kajalg
ID: 10738761
Actually what rowset I need is the language name some user doesn't have.
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Hilaire earned 50 total points
ID: 10739399
-- get languages that nobody has
select l.language
from language l
where not exists (
select 1
from user_language ul
inner join user u on u.id = ul.user_id
where ul.language_id = l.id
)

-- get languages that user 'John Doe' doesn't have
select l.language
from language l
where not exists (
select 1
from user_language ul
inner join user u on u.id = ul.user_id
where ul.language_id = l.id
and u.name = 'John Doe'
)


Sorry for the delay
Hilaire

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