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MySQL inner join only if record exists

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Hi,

I have a query which is selecting tasks and inner joining to a customer table. I have now amended the application so that you can create a task without it being allocated to a customer. At the moment the join query will only return the record if the tasks.cid field is populated.
Can anyone suggest the best way to allow it to retrieve all tasks even if the cid field is null and if it is populated retrieve the customer details?

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Leigh
SELECT 
        Tasks.TaskId, 
        Tasks.cId, 
        Tasks.TaskDet, 
        Tasks.startDate,
        Tasks.UsrId, 
        WEEK(startDate) AS thisWeek,
        Customer.Company 
        FROM tasks 
        INNER JOIN Customer 
        ON tasks.cid = Customer.cid

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use Left join

SELECT
        Tasks.TaskId,
        Tasks.cId,
        Tasks.TaskDet,
        Tasks.startDate,
        Tasks.UsrId,
        WEEK(startDate) AS thisWeek,
        Customer.Company
        FROM tasks
        Left JOIN Customer
        ON tasks.cid = Customer.cid

if cid is null it will retun numm for customer details
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if cid is null it will return null for customer details

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Thanks, left join was working and then i added some additional joins and it stopped retrieving the nulls again
SELECT 
        Tasks.TaskId, 
        Tasks.cId, 
        Tasks.TaskDet, 
        Tasks.startDate,
        Tasks.endDate, 
        Tasks.DateCreated, 
        Tasks.DateCompleted, 
        Tasks.TaskStatus, 
        Tasks.TaskType, 
        Tasks.UsrId, 
        WEEK(startDate) AS thisWeek,
        Customer.Company,
        Customer.Deleted, 
        TaskTypes.TypeDesc, 
        TaskStatus.StatusDesc,
        usr.usrName,
        usr.usrColour 
        FROM tasks 
        LEFT JOIN Customer 
        ON tasks.cid = Customer.cid 
        inner JOIN TaskTypes 
        ON Tasks.TaskType = TaskTypes.TypeId 
        inner JOIN TaskStatus 
	ON Tasks.TaskStatus = TaskStatus.StatusId 
        inner JOIN usr 
        ON tasks.usrId = usr.usrId

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perfect, thanks very much

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