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A join is an operation between two tables of data, combining the results by looking up keys from one table in a second table. While a simple operation in concept, there are many ways to do this and understanding the variations are important to understanding database behavior. Obviously this is important for tuning, as it tells you ways you can influence the outcome, but also explains one of many reasons that database row output is not guaranteed from run to run of a single query- this article demonstrates several implemations.

Posted by gary.sieling  |   Jul 16 2013 / 08:27

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