Join question in SQL Server - create statement

I have a table called tblcategory. It has all of my categories like below:

tblcategory
catnumber  category
 1                    AS400
 2                    Network
 3                    Telecommuincations


my second table is subcategories. This is like so:

tblsubcategory
scatnumber  scatname
1                   User
2                   Printer
3                   Password
4                   Program
5                   Software

my last table is the link between the 2. It is called tblLinkCategory. It contains all of the subcategories per a category. So it is set like this:

tblLinkCategory
lnkcatnumber (which is the category)  lnkscatnumber (which is the subcategory)
   1                                                                1
   1                                                                 4
   2                                                                2
   2                                                                3
   3                                                                 5

What I'd like to do is get a list - with a sql stmt - and read the tbllinkcategory and show me, by name what subcategories are found for a particular category. I struggle with joins so I'm not sure where to start.

I'd also like the sql stmt to show be the subcategories that weren't found connected to a particular category as well. I am using t-sql.

Thanks so much in advance.
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samic400Asked:
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Ioannis ParaskevopoulosCommented:
Hi,

Try the following for search with category name:

DECLARE @CategoryName VARCHAR(50)
SET @CategoryName = 'AS400' --Or whatever you like

SELECT  C.category,
		SC.scatnam
FROM	tblcategory C
		JOIN tblLinkCategory LC
			ON C.catnumber = LC.lnkcatnumber
		JOIN tblsubcategory SC
			ON SC.scatnumber = LC.lnkscatnumber
WHERE	C.category = @CategoryName

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or for search with category number

DECLARE @CategoryNumber INT
SET @CategoryNumber = 1 --Or whatever you like

SELECT  C.category,
		SC.scatnam
FROM	tblcategory C
		JOIN tblLinkCategory LC
			ON C.catnumber = LC.lnkcatnumber
		JOIN tblsubcategory SC
			ON SC.scatnumber = LC.lnkscatnumber
WHERE	C.catnumber = @CategoryNumber

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and for search of sub categories with no master categories:

SELECT  SC.scatnumber,
		SC.scatnam
FROM	tblsubcategory SC
		LEFT JOIN tblLinkCategory LC
			ON SC.scatnumber = LC.lnkscatnumber
		LEFT JOIN tblcategory C
			ON C.catnumber = LC.lnkcatnumber
WHERE	C.catnumber IS NULL

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Regards,
Giannis
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Ioannis ParaskevopoulosCommented:
By the way,  

here is a nice visual presentation of joins:

http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2007/10/a-visual-explanation-of-sql-joins.html

:)

Giannis
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esolveSoftware Development ManagerCommented:
SELECT
      lnkcatnumber --catnumber
      ,lnkscatnumber  --subcatnumber
      ,cat.Category as CategoryName
      ,sub.scatName as SubCategoryName
FROM
      tblLinkCategory lnk
      INNER JOIN tblcategory cat ON lnk.lnkcatnumber = cat.catnumber  
      INNER JOIN tblsubcategory sub ON lnk.lnkscatnumber = sub.scatnumber
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
FYI, the typical / "standard" naming for such relationship tables is to use both main table names/entities together, rather than "link".

CategorySubcategory

That inherently implies the link between them.

Or, if you absolutely insist:
tblCategorySubcategory
[Most people long, long ago dropped the "tbl" prefix, in galaxies both near and far, far away.]

Naming the actual link is much more useful than just saying "link".  Also, a single table can link out to several other tables, so "link" is inadequate anyway.
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samic400Author Commented:
Thanks for the help -
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awking00Commented:
>>I'd also like the sql stmt to show be the subcategories that weren't found connected to a particular category as well. I am using t-sql. <<
In your example all of the categories and all of the subcategories show up in the tbllinkcategory table, so each subcategory ties to a category. Perhaps you can provide some more data that covers all of the possible criteria you need to meet and your expected output. I can envision output that shows all subcategories with nulls where no category is met, or another output that shows all the categories with an aggregrated string of the subcategories which would be null if none existed,  or still another output with a column for the category and columns for each subcategory and nulls where no matches exist, and there are probably other possibilities as well.
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