Victor Victor - 4 months ago 15
SQL Question

How to use oracle outer join with a filter where clause

If i write a sql:

select *
from a,b
where a.id=b.id(+)
and b.val="test"


and i want all records from a where corresponding record in b does not exist or it exists with val="test", is this the correct query?

Answer

You're much better off using the ANSI syntax

SELECT *
  FROM a
       LEFT OUTER JOIN b ON( a.id = b.id and
                             b.val = 'test' )

You can do the same thing using Oracle's syntax as well but it gets a bit hinkey

SELECT *
  FROM a, 
       b
 WHERE a.id = b.id(+)
   AND b.val(+) = 'test'

Note that in both cases, I'm ignoring the c table since you don't specify a join condition. And I'm assuming that you don't really want to join A to B and then generate a Cartesian product with C.