join syntax

How do a write a query to return records where three fields match but one field does NOT match between identical tables?
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)Commented:
you need to use a LEFT join
in the query below, it is looking for records in table "A" where the three fields col1,col2, and col3 are equal to the same fields in table "A1", but field "col4" is not

SELECT A.Col1, A.Col2, A.Col3, A.Col4, A1.Col4
FROM A LEFT JOIN A1 ON (A.Col4 = A1.Col4) AND (A.Col3 = A1.Col3) AND (A.Col2 = A1.Col2) AND (A.Col1 = A1.Col1)
WHERE (((A1.Col4) Is Null));
Hamed NasrRetired IT ProfessionalCommented:
left join on 4 fields
right join on 4 fields

Select 1, a.fld1, a.fld2, a.fld3, a.fld4
FROM a LEFT JOIN b on a.fld1=b.fld1 AND a.fld2=b.fld2 AND a.fld3=b.fld3 AND a.fld4=b.fld4
Select 2, a.fld1, a.fld2, a.fld3, a.fld4
FROM a RIGHT JOIN b on a.fld1=b.fld1 AND a.fld2=b.fld2 AND a.fld3=b.fld3 AND a.fld4=b.fld4

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1 records show unmatched values, as nulls, from b table
2 records show unmatched values, as nulls, from a table
vbnetcoderAuthor Commented:
Rey Obrero,

To use your example i need to return ONLY records where only Col4 does not have a match .... col 1 --> 3 will have to match in order for it to return anything at all.  Would your query do that?
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)Commented:
Doug BishopDatabase DeveloperCommented:
I think this is what you are looking for:
select	*
from	tbl1 t1
left outer join tbl2 t2
on	t1.col1 = t2.col1
and	t1.col2 = t2.col2
and	t1.col3 = t2.col3
and	isnull(t1.col4, '') <> isnull(t2.col4, '')

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vbnetcoderAuthor Commented:

Is there a difference between this logic and what rey posted as far as the result?
Doug BishopDatabase DeveloperCommented:
I haven't run any tests, but it appears that his code would return data if any of the columns didn't match. The join condition is on all four columns matching between the tables.

If any of the four columns did not match up, a1.col4 would be NULL.
vbnetcoderAuthor Commented:
>> his code would return data if any of the columns didn't match. The join condition is on all four columns matching between the tables.

I was wondering the same.  Wouldn't your code have the same issue though?
Doug BishopDatabase DeveloperCommented:
Dang, I put together a comment, but apparently I never actually posted it, and now it is sitting in a virtual bit bucket in some virtual wasteland, never to be seen again. Let's see if I can remember what I said.

Mine needs to be changed to an inner join. It HAS to match on col1..col3 and not match on col4. It will take NULLs into consideration and if a.col4 is NULL and a1.col4 is not NULL, and the other three columns match, that should return a result.

One thing to note, if a1 has more than one row where col1..col3 match, but col4 doesn't, you will get a one-to-many match. For example, assuming the first set of 4 values is in table a and the second set in table a1:
1,2,3,4    1,2,3,4
4,3,6,8    1,2,3,3
5,8,1,0    1,2,3,7

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the query will return 2 rows, where 1,2,3,4 in a will 'match' 1,2,3,3 and 1,2,3,7
vbnetcoderAuthor Commented:

Would you please post the query the way you think it should be to make sure i am on the right page?

Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)Commented:

how about uploading a sample db with the tables.
- post here your expected result.
Doug BishopDatabase DeveloperCommented:
My query above; just change "left outer" to "inner"

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