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sqlouterjoin

Outer join between two MySQL database tables

Description

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data = sqlouterjoin(conn,lefttable,righttable,'Type',type) returns a table resulting from an outer join between the left and right database tables. Specify the join type to be a left or right join. This function matches rows using all shared columns, or keys, in both database tables. The outer join retains the matched and unmatched rows between the two tables. Executing this function is the equivalent of writing the SQL statement SELECT * FROM lefttable LEFT JOIN righttable ON lefttable.key = righttable.key or SELECT * FROM lefttable RIGHT JOIN righttable ON lefttable.key = righttable.key.

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data = sqlouterjoin(conn,lefttable,righttable,Name,Value) uses additional options specified by one or more name-value pair arguments. For example, 'Keys','productNumber' specifies using the productNumber column as a key for joining the two database tables.

Examples

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Use a MySQL® native interface database connection to import product data from an outer join between two MySQL database tables into MATLAB®.

Create a MySQL native interface database connection to a MySQL database using the data source name, user name, and password. The database contains the tables productTable and suppliers.

datasource = "MySQLNative";
username = "root";
password = "matlab";
conn = mysql(datasource,username,password);

Join two database tables, productTable and suppliers. The productTable table is the left table of the join, and the suppliers table is the right table of the join. The sqlouterjoin function automatically detects the shared column between the tables. Use the 'Type' name-value pair argument to retrieve records that have matching values in the selected column of both tables, and unmatched records from the left table only. data is a table that contains the matched and unmatched rows from the two tables.

lefttable = "productTable";
righttable = "suppliers";
data = sqlouterjoin(conn,lefttable,righttable,'Type',"left");

Display the first three rows of joined data. The columns from the right table (suppliers) appear to the right of the columns from the left table (productTable).

head(data,3)
ans=3×10 table
    productNumber    stockNumber    supplierNumber    unitCost    productDescription    SupplierNumber      SupplierName          City           Country           FaxNumber   
    _____________    ___________    ______________    ________    __________________    ______________    _________________    __________    ________________    ______________

          8          2.1257e+05          1001             5       "Train Set"                1001         "Wonder Products"    "New York"    "United States"     "212 435 1617"
          1          4.0035e+05          1001            14       "Building Blocks"          1001         "Wonder Products"    "New York"    "United States"     "212 435 1617"
          2          4.0031e+05          1002             9       "Painting Set"             1002         "Terrific Toys"      "London"      "United Kingdom"    "44 456 9345" 

Close the database connection.

close(conn)

Use a MySQL® native interface database connection to import product data from an outer join between two MySQL database tables into MATLAB®.

Create a MySQL native interface database connection to a MySQL database using the data source name, user name, and password. The database contains the tables productTable and suppliers.

datasource = "MySQLDataSource";
username = "root";
password = "matlab";
conn = mysql(datasource,username,password);

Join two database tables, productTable and suppliers. The productTable table is the left table of the join, and the suppliers table is the right table of the join. The sqlouterjoin function automatically detects the shared column between the tables. Use the 'Type' name-value pair argument to retrieve records that have matching values in the selected column of both tables, and unmatched records from the left table only. Specify the key, or shared column, between the tables using the 'Keys' name-value pair argument. data is a table that contains the matched and unmatched rows from the two tables.

lefttable = "productTable";
righttable = "suppliers";
data = sqlouterjoin(conn,lefttable,righttable,'Type',"left",'Keys',"supplierNumber");

Display the first three rows of matched data. The columns from the right table (suppliers) appear to the right of the columns from the left table (productTable).

head(data,3)
ans=3×10 table
    productNumber    stockNumber    supplierNumber    unitCost    productDescription    SupplierNumber      SupplierName          City           Country           FaxNumber   
    _____________    ___________    ______________    ________    __________________    ______________    _________________    __________    ________________    ______________

          8          2.1257e+05          1001             5       "Train Set"                1001         "Wonder Products"    "New York"    "United States"     "212 435 1617"
          1          4.0035e+05          1001            14       "Building Blocks"          1001         "Wonder Products"    "New York"    "United States"     "212 435 1617"
          2          4.0031e+05          1002             9       "Painting Set"             1002         "Terrific Toys"      "London"      "United Kingdom"    "44 456 9345" 

Close the database connection.

close(conn)

Input Arguments

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MySQL native interface database connection, specified as a connection object.

Left table, specified as a character vector or string scalar. Specify the name of the database table on the left side of the join.

Example: 'inventoryTable'

Data Types: char | string

Right table, specified as a character vector or string scalar. Specify the name of the database table on the right side of the join.

Example: 'productTable'

Data Types: char | string

Outer join type, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'Type' and one of these values:

  • 'left' — A left join retrieves records that have matching values in the selected column of both tables, and unmatched records from the left table only.

  • 'right' — A right join retrieves records that have matching values in the selected column of both tables, and unmatched records from the right table only.

You can specify this value as a character vector or string scalar.

Example: 'Type','left'

Name-Value Pair Arguments

Specify optional comma-separated pairs of Name,Value arguments. Name is the argument name and Value is the corresponding value. Name must appear inside quotes. You can specify several name and value pair arguments in any order as Name1,Value1,...,NameN,ValueN.

Example: data = sqlouterjoin(conn,"productTable","suppliers",'Type','left','MaxRows',5) performs an outer left join between left and right tables and returns five rows of the joined data.

Left catalog, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'LeftCatalog' and a character vector or string scalar. Specify the database catalog name where the left table of the join is stored.

Example: 'LeftCatalog','toy_store'

Data Types: char | string

Right catalog, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'RightCatalog' and a character vector or string scalar. Specify the database catalog name where the right table of the join is stored.

Example: 'RightCatalog','toy_store'

Data Types: char | string

Keys, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'Keys' and a character vector, string scalar, cell array of character vectors, or string array. Specify a character vector or string scalar to indicate one key. For multiple keys, specify a cell array of character vectors or a string array. Use this name-value pair argument to identify the shared keys (columns) between the two tables to join.

You cannot use this name-value pair argument with the 'LeftKeys' and 'RightKeys' name-value pair arguments.

Example: 'Keys','MANAGER_ID'

Data Types: char | string | cell

Left keys, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'LeftKeys' and a character vector, string scalar, cell array of character vectors, or string array. Specify a character vector or string scalar to indicate one key. For multiple keys, specify a cell array of character vectors or a string array. This name-value pair argument identifies the keys in the left table for the join to the right table.

Use this name-value pair argument with the 'RightKeys' name-value pair argument. Both arguments must specify the same number of keys. The sqlouterjoin function pairs the values of the keys based on their order.

Example: 'LeftKeys',["productNumber" "Price"],'RightKeys',["productNumber" "Price"]

Data Types: char | string | cell

Right keys, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'RightKeys' and a character vector, string scalar, cell array of character vectors, or string array. Specify a character vector or string scalar to indicate one key. For multiple keys, specify a cell array of character vectors or a string array. This name-value pair argument identifies the keys in the right table for the join to the left table.

Use this name-value pair argument with the 'LeftKeys' name-value pair argument. Both arguments must specify the same number of keys. The sqlouterjoin function pairs the values of the keys based on their order.

Example: 'LeftKeys',["productIdentifier" "Cost"],'RightKeys',["productNumber" "Price"]

Data Types: char | string | cell

Maximum number of rows to return, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'MaxRows' and a positive numeric scalar. By default, the sqlouterjoin function returns all rows from the executed SQL query. Use this name-value pair argument to limit the number of rows imported into MATLAB®.

Example: 'MaxRows',10

Data Types: double

Variable naming rule, specified as the comma-separated pair consisting of 'VariableNamingRule' and one of these values:

  • "preserve" — Preserve most variable names when the sqlouterjoin function imports data. For details, see the Limitations section.

  • "modify" — Remove non-ASCII characters from variable names when the sqlouterjoin function imports data.

Example: 'VariableNamingRule',"modify"

Data Types: string

Output Arguments

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Joined data, returned as a table that contains rows matched by keys in the left and right database tables and the retained unmatched rows. data also contains a variable for each column in the left and right tables.

When you import data, the sqlouterjoin function converts the data type of each column from the MySQL database to the MATLAB data type. This table maps the data type of a database column to the converted MATLAB data type.

MySQL Data TypeMATLAB Data Type

BIT

logical

TINYINT

double

SMALLINT

double

BIGINT

double

REAL

double

DOUBLE

double

DECIMAL

double

NUMERIC

double

CHAR

string

VARCHAR

string

LONGVARCHAR

string

TIMESTAMP

datetime

DATE

datetime

TIME

duration

YEAR

double

ENUM

categorical

JSON

char

If the column names are shared between the joined database tables and have the same case, then the sqlouterjoin function adds a unique suffix to the corresponding variable names in data.

The variables in data that correspond to columns in the left table contain NULL values when no matched rows exist in the right database table. Similarly, the variables that correspond to columns in the right table contain NULL values when no matched rows exist in the left database table.

Limitations

The name-value pair argument 'VariableNamingRule' has these limitations when it is set to the value 'modify'.

  • The variable names Properties, RowNames, and VariableNames are reserved identifiers for the table data type.

  • The length of each variable name must be less than the number returned by namelengthmax.

Introduced in R2020b