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Joins are part of ANSI SQL-92 syntax, before this improvement the only way to relate tables to extract data was using a Cartesian join and then filtering the result. Cartesian products in ANSI SQL-92 syntax use CROSS JOIN instead of the comma but that is the only difference.

Note: a Cartesian join is when every row from one table is joined to every row from another table. The resulting number of rows is the product of the number of rows from both tables.

Example: Using the ANSI SQL-92 syntax to get all the titles published by “New Moon Books”:

SELECT dbo.publishers.pub_name, dbo.titles.title
FROM dbo.publishers INNER JOIN
dbo.titles ON dbo.publishers.pub_id = dbo.titles.pub_id
WHERE (dbo.publishers.pub_name = 'New Moon Books')

The same example using ANSI SQL-86:

SELECT dbo.publishers.pub_name, dbo.titles.title
FROM dbo.publishers , dbo.titles
WHERE (dbo.publishers.pub_name = 'New Moon Books')
and dbo.publishers.pub_id = dbo.titles.pub_id

Cartesian products have low performance because the number of rows grows geometrically with the number of tables. The complexity of the WHERE clause might affect performance or make readability harder.
There are three types of joins: inner, outer and cross join.

The above book excerpt is from:

Super SQL Server Systems
Turbocharge Database Performance with C++ External Procedures

ISBN: 0-9761573-2-2
Joseph Gama, P. J. Naughter  

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