Chapter 17. Combining Queries

In this chapter you’ll learn how to use the UNION operator to combine multiple SELECT statements into one result set.

Understanding Combined Queries

Most SQL queries contain a single SELECT statement that returns data from one or more tables. MySQL also enables you to perform multiple queries (multiple SELECT statements) and return the results as a single query result set. These combined queries are usually known as unions or compound queries.

There are basically two scenarios in which you’d use combined queries:

  • To return similarly structured data from different tables in a single query

  • To perform multiple queries against a single table returning the data as one query

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