How to subtract the results of one table from another in sql?

Posted on 2008-10-15
Last Modified: 2010-04-21
I have two tables:



Each table has a customer id.  How do I show New customers who are not also old customers?  That is I want to take the Customers_New table and subtract out the Customers_Old. I tried a few different types of joins but none of them seemed to be doing anything that I expected.

I'm using SQl server 2000.
Question by:BostonMA
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ID: 22721885
I may have stumbled on it. Is this it:

select * from customers_new
inner join customers_old on customers_new.customerid = customer_old.customerid
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BrandonGalderisi earned 500 total points
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Assuming you have a common customer_id between the two.  Otherwise, change the ON and where line line to what is common

select cn.* from customers_new cn
left outer join customers_old co
on cn.customer_id = co.customer_id
where co.customer_id is null

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BrandonGalderisi earned 500 total points
ID: 22721899
no... you need a left outer join.  The "outer" is optional and implied when you use left, right or full.

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Thanks guys.

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