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SQL used to actively promote Yoda conditions when you needed to compare a constant with the result of a subquery: select stuff from foo where 500 = ( select sum(cost) from bar where id = 1 ); It used to be that you simply couldn’t write the above WHERE expression in non-Yoda form, but things seem to have improved in recent years (e.g., the non-Yoda form now works in both Oracle and PostgreSQL). Why? Because that’s what the standard said. Orthogonal language design? Who needs that?
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2012 on New Programming Jargon at Coding Horror
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