In Oracle, I use

SELECT * FROM table1...JOIN...

where the dots represent either the type of join or the condition on which to be joined.

Is this ANSI 89 syntax? If not, then how would I perform a join if I were using ANSI 89?


You don't want to use SQL-89 syntax. SQL-89 is just an implicit CROSS JOIN (Cartesian product).

SELECT *            -- NEVER
FROM foo, bar;      -- NEVER EVER DO THIS

Is the same as the more modern

FROM foo

Adding the WHERE clause makes it the equivalent of an INNER JOIN ... ON

SELECT *                         -- DO NOT
FROM foo,bar                     -- DO THIS
WHERE foo.foo_id = bar.foo_id;   -- EVER

You want to use SQL-92 Syntax.

FROM foo
  ON foo.foo_id = bar.foo_id;   

Or even better (if the join column is the same and it's an equijoin =)

FROM foo
  USING (foo_id);
  • Note some people don't use INNER. That's fine. It's still SQL-92.

See also

  • "You want to use SQL-92" and I agree. This is actually for a homework assignment. – moonman239 Jul 14 '18 at 1:14
  • Just to be clear - the professor doesn't expect us to use ANSI 89, just know how to do certain things in it. – moonman239 Jul 14 '18 at 1:15
  • @moonman239 that professor is wasting your time and exposing you to bad practice. It's not more powerful. It's all around worse. It's like teaching you how to write a program with only global mutable variables. It's possible, but you won't get anything out of the experience. – Evan Carroll Jul 14 '18 at 1:17
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    Explicit join syntax ("SQL-92") is clearer and preferable almost all of the time. But comma-separated FROM list items ("SQL-89") are not evil. It's valid syntax and there are valid use cases. Don't forget that explicit joins bind stronger than commas. CROSS JOIN is not 100% equivalent to a comma. We've had this before: dba.stackexchange.com/a/167217/3684 – Erwin Brandstetter Jul 14 '18 at 1:28
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    @EvanCarroll, mastering global mutable variables may get you a job as a Cobol programmer. It won't be fun but you can potentially make a lot of money;-) – Lennart Jul 14 '18 at 14:42

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