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Posted by: Vasanthakumar V ()
Date: March 17, 2011 02:56AM

Dear All,

Is there any difference performance wise when we run join queries using "JOIN ON" and "WHERE" clause? (regardless of the number of tables or the number of entries in the tables)

Not sure whether this topic has already been discussed over. Even if so, I wish to know whether with the latest versions of mySQL, things have changed.

An Explain statement clearly shows a lot of difference in the number of rows taken for consideration.

The Syntax I am using is:

SELECT <field names>
FROM <table1>
JOIN <table2> ON <join_condition>
AND JOIN <table3> ON <join_condition>
AND JOIN <table4> ON <join_condition>

SELECT <field names>
FROM <table names list separated by comma>
WHERE <join_condition>
AND <join_condition>
AND <join_condition>

So not sure whether usage of JOIN ON or WHERE clause would make a difference. Please assist.

Thanks and Best Regards,
Vasanthakumar V

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