Row_Number() function for providing sequence number as per your wish TIP #35


Sometimes we require sequence column or we can a row number column so we have ROW_NUMBER() function in SQL SERVER.

Lets understand this by following example

In this example we have  person table which have firstname, last name, middlename  columns. Now we want to fetch records  with a extra column ROW_Number() so we write following query

SELECT ROW_NUMBER() OVER (ORDER BY LastName) As ROWNO,FirstName,MiddleName,LastName  FROM [Person].[Person]

When we run above query we get following result set. If you see below result set we have one extra column which is ROWNO


Lets understand the query in this we are getting sequence or Row number order by Last name.

There is one more option with ROW_NUMBER which is partition by

lets understand this by below query what we want for we want row number for each record based on last name means whenever new last name introduce row number start again from one. to achieve this we have to write following query

SELECT ROW_NUMBER() OVER (PARTITION BY LastName ORDER BY LastName) As rowNo,FirstName,MiddleName,LastName  FROM [Person].[Person]

See below snap when we run we get following result


If you see above snap you will find that when the Last name change row number also change so we did partition by last name means for each change.

I hope you might have used earlier but I thought It might be possible it will helpful to someone who not aware.



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