Yesterday I wrote about how SQL Server 2005 does not support named pipes. Today, my friend called me asking some of his query does not work. I asked him to send me the queries. I asked him to send me query. I noticed in his queries something, I have never practiced before and I never had any issue therefore.
Instead of using LEFT OUTER JOIN clause he was using *= and similarly instead of using RIGHT OUTER JOIN clause he was using =*. Once I replaced did necessary modification, queries run just fine.
I wish I can give you example of *= or =*, however, I had decided to not to add any more SQL Server 2000 code to this blog few months ago.
Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com), SQL Joins