How to join custom table with product collection

The question:

I have created a custom vendor module. How can i get vendor name along with product collection?.

Mine have a vendor attribute whose values comes from vendor module.

I tried

$collection = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->getCollection()
$collection->getSelect()->join( array('tvendor'=>$this->getTable('vendor/vendor')), 'main_table.vendor = tvendor.vendor_option_id', array('tvendor.filename'));

But it doesn’t work. Where am i wrong?

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

The following works.
I’ve come up with this based on the way magento sorts a product collection based on an attribute that has options. see more details about this in Mage_Eav_Model_Entity_Attribute_Source_Table::addValueSortToCollection and Mage_Eav_Model_Resource_Entity_Attribute_Option::addOptionValueToCollection

//===>configure the fields below based on your needs
$attributeCode = 'vendor_id'; //replace this with the attribute code that holds the vendor
//get the attribute object
$attribute = Mage::getModel('eav/config')->getAttribute('catalog_product', $attributeCode);
//attribute id
$attributeId = $attribute->getId();
$tablePkName = 'vendor_id'; //primary key name of the vendor table
$nameField = 'name'; //vendor table name field - the one you need
//get table that holds the vendors
$table = Mage::getSingleton('core/resource')->getTableName('vendor/vendor');
//<=== end of configuration
$collection = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->getCollection();
//add the vendor attribtue to select
$valueTable1    = $attributeCode . '_t1';
$valueTable2    = $attributeCode . '_t2';
//perform 2 left joins in case the attribute has the scope website or store view. 
//It works even if the attribute has the scope global. this covers all the cases
        array($valueTable1 => $attribute->getBackend()->getTable()),
            . " AND {$valueTable1}.attribute_id='{$attributeId}'"
            . " AND {$valueTable1}.store_id=0",
        array($valueTable2 => $attribute->getBackend()->getTable()),
            . " AND {$valueTable2}.attribute_id='{$attributeId}'"
            . " AND {$valueTable2}.store_id='{$collection->getStoreId()}'",
$valueExpr = $collection->getSelect()->getAdapter()
    ->getCheckSql("{$valueTable2}.value_id > 0", "{$valueTable2}.value", "{$valueTable1}.value");
$optionTable   = $attributeCode . '_option_value_t1';
$tableJoinCond = "{$optionTable}.{$tablePkName}={$valueExpr}";
//join with the vendor table
        array($optionTable => $table),

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