SQL: How to include an incrementing column in your query without a cursor or loop

By | January 19, 2017

I had the need to do a recursive call that included depth and sort orders. I wanted to reformat the sort orders in a single query without using a cursor or loop.

Turns out there is an easy way with SQL 2005 or higher.

@Folders is a table var from my CTE with Depth and SortOrder in it.

SELECT ID,(ROW_NUMBER() OVER (ORDER BY f.Depth,f.SortOrder,r.SortOrder)) * 100 as SortOrder
FROM someTable r
JOIN @Folders f
ON r.FolderID = f.ID
ORDER BY SortOrder;

Happy Coding!

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