What is the difference between the different point distance and near tools?

Discussion created by timothieb on Dec 12, 2011
Latest reply on Dec 19, 2011 by timothieb
Can anyone tell me if I have the correct understanding of the differences between the following tools/techniques:

1) Join point to point using distance option = reports on the single nearest feature.
2) Point Distance = reports distance for all features within radius.
3) Near = as per 2 but reports additional attributes (x,y and angle).
4) Generate Near Table = as per 3 but generates result in new table.

Also is there a simple way to generate a set of lines using the origin point and the x,y (and angle if needed) attributes of the nearest point?