I use joins ALL the time, yet I still get twisted up sometimes. I keep this webpage in my favorites as a visual reminder to get me straightened out.
I thought Ligaya Turmelle’s post on SQL joins was a great primer for novice developers. Since SQL joins appear to be set-based, the use of Venn diagrams to explain them seems, at first blush, to be a natural fit. However, like the commenters to her post, I found that the Venn diagrams didn’t quite match the SQL join syntax reality in my testing.
Posted by Daniel