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MIcrosoft SQL, query with ANY joins

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I am having trouble displaying one of the columns in this query:

SIN, last name, and salary of employees who earn more than $80,000, if they are managers show the branch name of their branch in a fourth column (which should be NULL for most employees), order by salary in decreasing order
The restrictions is I have to create without any joins

Currently My output is this:

sin              lastName      salary      branchName
55700      Edwards              99289      NULL
95246      Garcia              98773      NULL

the problem is that the branchName for ALL rows are NULL
This is what I have done so far:
SELECT E.sin, E.lastName, E.salary, b.branchName
  FROM Employee E, Branch B
  WHERE B.managerSIN = E.sin AND E.sin <> B.managerSIN
UNION
SELECT E.sin, E.lastName, E.salary, null
  FROM Employee E
 WHERE NOT EXISTS (
                   SELECT *
                     FROM Branch B
                    WHERE E.salary < 80000
                  )
ORDER BY salary DESC

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Here are the relevant tables:
Employee = {sin, firstName, lastName, salary, branchNumber(FK-Branch)}
Branch = {branchNumber, branchName, managerSIN(FK-Employee), budget}
where FK = foreign key and underline = primary key
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If I'm understanding correctly, I think you just need an OUTER JOIN.
SELECT E.sin
	, E.lastName
	, E.salary
	, b.branchName
FROM   Employee E LEFT JOIN Branch B ON B.managerSIN = E.sin 
WHERE  E.salary > 80000
ORDER BY E.salary DESC

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by:Bob Tian
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The problem is that I am not allowed to use any join operations, so an outer join would not be possible
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by:_agx_
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I am not allowed to use any join operations

Why not? You're already using a JOIN in the first query of the UNION...
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FROM Employee E, Branch B
  WHERE B.managerSIN = E.sin

That's a JOIN, albeit using the old ANSI-89 syntax, which is strongly discouraged.
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This is not possible without some sort of JOIN.
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by:Pawan Kumar
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Try this , It is possible with out join keyword.

SELECT E.sin
      , E.lastName
      , E.salary
      , b.branchName
FROM   Employee E , Branch B
WHERE  B.managerSIN = E.sin AND E.salary > 80000
ORDER BY E.salary DESC
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@Pawan - That excludes any records where the managersin is null, due to the inner join.
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@_agx_  -- No It will do the CROSS JOIN.

SELECT E.sin
      , E.lastName
      , E.salary
      , b.branchName
FROM   Employee E , Branch B
WHERE  ( B.managerSIN = E.sin AND E.salary > 80000 ) OR ( B.managerSIN IS NULL )
ORDER BY E.salary DESC
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by:_agx_
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No It will do the CROSS JOIN.

I meant your first pass. Though the second is still a little off - missing an extra salary filter.  

I would not recommend using ANSI-89 syntax. Not without a very good reason. That style is essentially deprecated, and is less clear IMO. However the sql is written, you still need some sort of JOIN.  May as well do it the correct right way and use SQL-92+ syntax, ie OUTER JOIN :-)
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by:Pawan Kumar
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Yes sir you are correct. Its an old syntax and should be avoided. :)

I never use it. Its just for the question.

Regards,
Pawan
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by:Pawan Kumar
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@Bob Tian - Please check if my suggestion works for you ?

Regards,
Pawan
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by:Bob Tian
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Hello,

I have managed to get this working, thanks for your help!
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