Intentional Cross Join is a newsletter by Dave Lartigue. The name comes from the SQL computer language1 but the newsletter is not about SQL. Here I will talk about things that interest me, things happening in my life, things happening in the world, and my thoughts on different subjects. If you follow me on BlueSky you know the sorts of things I'll be going on about.
I have a lot of plans for this year and this is where I'll be talking about them.
In SQL, a computer language for working with databases, a Cross Join is when you join two tables together in a way that results in every row of one table matching to every row in the other, often resulting in a huge table that is difficult to work with. Usually this is a result of a typo or other mistake, but sometimes it's exactly what is needed to accomplish a task. Even when that's the case, you often feel like you should be talked out of doing it or at least not be allowed to proceed until you can prove you've considered all other options. ↩