How do you construct a INNER JOIN statement from three tables?

Posted on 2011-09-18
Last Modified: 2012-06-22

I am experimenting with this and trying to learn...  

How do you contruct a INNER JOIN statement from three tables?  Please explain in simple terms.

Table1.subcatname  =  Table2.subcategory

Table1.sku = Table3.productid

Thanks for your help!!

Question by:rlb1
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by:Scott Madeira
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something like this....

select * 


Table1 T1
left join Table2 on (T1.subcatname = T2.subcategory)
left join Table3 (T1.sku = T3.productid)

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You have two separate join statements where you put the table you are joining to and then after the ON keyword you show the "link" or relationship between the two tables.  you don't need to use the table aliases but it does make for less typing.

Expert Comment

ID: 36557817
exactly like this...

SELECT * FROM table1
INNER JOIN table2 ON table1.subcatname = table2.subcategory
INNER JOIN table3 ON table1.sku = table3.productid

The left join will give you (potentially) empty subcategories and products. Inner Join forces the relationship to be there.


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NauticalNonsense earned 300 total points
ID: 36557829
Also, if your Subcatname is a string, consider changing that to a primary key ID column (integer)... that way you can change the name of the subcategory, and the original table is unharmed.

SELECT Products.ProductName, SubCategory.Name
FROM Products
INNER JOIN SubCategory ON Products.SubCategoryId = SubCategory.Id

Where your subcategory table is named SubCategory

Or you could take it a step farther and make products fall into multiple categories with a link table.
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Author Comment

ID: 36587014
I really appreciate your help... I am finishing another project.  Will be back shortly.

Expert Comment

ID: 36587301
Rock on... I don't know how I ended up on this to begin with, but my syntax is for MS SQL server specifically, I'm not sure what your db is... but the principles are the same, your syntax may be slightly different.

Please come back and let us know how it went!

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