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SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere 16.0 » SQL Anywhere Server - SQL Usage » Queries and data modification » Summarizing, grouping, and sorting query results


Set operations on query results using UNION, INTERSECT, and EXCEPT

The operators described in this section perform set operations on the results of two or more queries. While many of the operations can also be performed using operations in the WHERE clause or HAVING clause, there are some operations that are very difficult to perform in any way other than using these set-based operators. For example:

  • When data is not normalized, you may want to assemble seemingly disparate information into a single result set, even though the tables are unrelated.

  • NULL is treated differently by set operators than in the WHERE clause or HAVING clause. In the WHERE clause or HAVING clause, two null-containing rows with identical non-null entries are not seen as identical, as the two NULL values are not defined to be identical. The set operators see two such rows as the same.

 See also

The UNION clause: Combining result sets
Rules for set operations
Set operators and NULL