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MySQL/PHP - Join two database tables w/ identical rows

5:26 pm on Mar 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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A script I'm working on has a set of two database tables, both with identical rows; but the row content is different.

This script as-is already has about 2 joins on each query; would it be feasible to join these two tables or simply make separate pages for each?

I'm not sure if I'm using the terminology correctly, but in a nutshell; in phpmyadmin:
Under database1:

table1 & table2 have only id as the similar row; joins on (t1.id=t2.id)

table3 & table4 have identical structure to table1 & table2, but there is no way to join like t1 & t2, because the id row only matches like so:

So, is it feasible to have the data from these tables in the same query, or better to have separate pages for t1/t2 & t3/t4?
2:09 am on Mar 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I was able to achieve the desired effect by UNION SELECT and giving one of the tables a prefix:
SELECT FROM t1.table1...

But it's rather slow - any tips to speed up the pace? There's well under a million rows, which I gather is small compared to some databases out there.

For a hasty fix, instead of using the slow UNION SELECT, if mysql_num_rows() == 0{ //switch table names } seems to be working quite well; I am curious if this is the most efficient way to go about handling these types of queries?
10:54 pm on Mar 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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If you are using UNION and you aren't expecting contents to be duplicated across the two tables use UNION ALL, this will speed up the query.