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From:Claudio Nanni Date:February 4 2009 4:54pm
Subject:Re: WHERE vs. ON
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2009/2/4 Baron Schwartz <baron@stripped>

> On Tue, Feb 3, 2009 at 12:24 PM, Jerry Schwartz
> <jschwartz@stripped> wrote:
> > Somebody, I think it was somebody from MySQL, said that you should never
> put
> > anything into a WHERE clause that could be put into the ON clause of a
> > My guess is that this helps with the optimization, but it seems
> > counter-intuitive to me. I've never followed that advice, but I'm
> starting
> There are two things here -- one is coding style.  If you're using all
> [INNER] JOIN then it doesn't matter, they are equivalent and the
> optimizer is smart enough to know that a condition holding two columns
> equal is the same whether it's in the WHERE or the ON.  Take a look at
> the output of EXPLAIN EXTENDED... SHOW WARNINGS to see how the
> optimizer rewrites the query.
> There is no way to write a LEFT JOIN without putting the criteria into
> the ON clause however.
> As a matter of style I do not like comma-joins with the criteria in
> the WHERE clause.  I want ON clauses to show me how two tables are
> related, and the WHERE clause to show me how the results are filtered
> thereafter.


DEFINITELY: The ON clause is for joining tables, WHERE is for filtering.

If we lose the logics and set theory behind SQL we lose the way.

I really dont understand what this is supposed to mean:
SELECT prod.prod_num, prod.prod_title, prod.prod_samp_doc

   -> FROM pub JOIN prod ON pub.pub_id = prod.pub_id

   -> AND pub.pub_code = 'dc'

   -> WHERE prod.prod_discont = 0

   -> AND prod.prod_samp_doc IS NOT NULL

   -> ORDER BY prod.prod_num\G

I am quite surprised that MySQL allows to put a condition in the JOIN clause
that can refer to a constant value


 But oddly enough some people think this is horrible and
> they think it's much clearer to do it the reverse way!  Everyone's
> entitled to their own wrong opinion ;-)  Seriously it is just a matter
> of style until you get to LEFT JOIN.
> --
> Baron Schwartz, Director of Consulting, Percona Inc.
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WHERE vs. ONJerry Schwartz3 Feb
  • RE: WHERE vs. ONMartin Gainty3 Feb
    • RE: WHERE vs. ONJerry Schwartz3 Feb
      • Re: WHERE vs. ONRob Wultsch3 Feb
  • Re: WHERE vs. ONPerrin Harkins3 Feb
  • Re: WHERE vs. ONBaron Schwartz4 Feb
    • RE: WHERE vs. ONJerry Schwartz4 Feb
    • Re: WHERE vs. ONJohn Daisley4 Feb
      • RE: WHERE vs. ONJerry Schwartz4 Feb
    • Re: WHERE vs. ONClaudio Nanni4 Feb
  • Re: WHERE vs. ONMartijn Tonies4 Feb