Re: SQL has me confused.

From: Adric Norris <>
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 10:15:05 -0500
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Personally, I prefer the ANSI syntax in most cases (and also haven't personally encountered any issues with it under 11.2.x). I find the separation between "core" join conditions and unrelated business-rule filters to be easier to follow, *especially* when outer joins are involved, and will often rewrite statements into their ANSI equivalent when assisting developers in troubleshooting efforts. The process of deconstruction / reconstruction process helps a great deal in understanding what the more complex statements are actually doing... granted, this process doesn't in and of itself require any specific SQL dialect. I've been working with Oracle since version 7.2, and in my opinion the native outer join syntax is a freakin' train wreck waiting to happen. It's quirky as hell, not to mention confusing, and the clarity of the ANSI version is a 10,000% improvement.

On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 7:01 AM, Kim Berg Hansen <> wrote:

> Nah, I did write "yet" - meaning that I personally have not bumped into
> ANSI problems on 11.2 yet - I did not state that it was all good and fixed
> ;-) I just meant ANSI syntax in 11.2 is at least a good deal better in 11.2
> than it was in version 10 (in my experience - I cannot speak for everyone
> ;-)

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