You only need to specify from tabel on the first table. Like this.
cattbl.name as cat, dogtbl.name as dog, birdtbl.name as bird
left join cattbl on cattbl.id=dogtbl.catid
left join birdtbl on birdtbl.dogid=dogtbl.id;
On Mon, 5 Jul 2004 09:28:02 -0700, bruce <bedouglas@stripped> wrote:
> my test tbls
> cattbl dogtbl birdtbl
> name name name
> id -------> catid ---> dogid
> id ---- id
> dogtbl.catid = cattbl.id
> birdtbl.dogid = dogtbl.id
> my question is how i can use "left joins" to produce the results set with the names
> of all three cat/dog/bird...
> i've tried various derivatives of the following...
> mysql> select cattbl.name as cat,
> -> dogtbl.name as dog, birdtbl.name as bird
> -> from dogtbl
> -> left join cattbl on cattbl.id=dogtbl.catid
> -> from birdtbl
> -> left join dogtbl on birdtbl.dogid=dogtbl.id;
> i keep getting an error complaining about the 2nd "from/left join"...
> i know how to get the results using "where/and" logic... but i'm trying to get a
> better feel of the "left join" process...
> after looking at mysql/google, i'm still missing something...
> any comments/criticisms appreciated..
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