Given the following code:

CREATE SEQUENCE dbo.NextTestId AS [bigint]

  @variableNumberOfIdsNeeded INT = 7, -- This will change for each call
  @FirstSeqNum SQL_VARIANT , @LastSeqNum sql_variant, @SeqIncr sql_variant;  

EXEC sys.sp_sequence_get_range @sequence_name = N'dbo.NextTestId', 
            @range_size = @variableNumberOfIdsNeeded, 
            @range_first_value = @FirstSeqNum OUTPUT, 
            @range_last_value = @LastSeqNum OUTPUT, 
            @sequence_increment = @SeqIncr OUTPUT;

-- The following statement returns the output values
SELECT @FirstSeqNum AS FirstVal, @LastSeqNum AS LastVal, @SeqIncr AS SeqIncrement;

I get a result like this:

FirstVal    LastVal    SeqIncrement 
-------     -------    -------------- 
38          50         2

I would like to have a set based way to take these results and insert each value (skipping by SeqIncrement) into this table:


So when I am done, a SELECT * from @newIds would return:

IdType    NewId
-------   -------
TestId    38
TestId    40
TestId    42
TestId    44
TestId    46
TestId    48
TestId    50

NOTE: I don't want to use a loop if possible. Also, I will need to get a variable amount of results (this one shows 7, but it will change each call).

I think there may be a cross apply or some such thing that can do this. But I can't seem to figure it.

  • Do you mean you want a set-based way that avoids the call to sp_sequence_get_range, or in addition to? – Aaron Bertrand Jun 29 '15 at 16:44
  • @AaronBertrand - I mean that after the call to sp_sequence_get_range, I want a set based way to insert 38 - 50 (every other) into a table. So no, I don't want to avoid the call to sp_sequence_get_range. (I updated my question to be a bit more clear on this.) – Vaccano Jun 29 '15 at 16:47

This should be good up to about 2,500 values (depending on version):

;WITH x(n) AS 
  SELECT TOP (@variableNumberOfIdsNeeded)
    (ROW_NUMBER() OVER (ORDER BY number)-1) 
    * CONVERT(BIGINT, @SeqIncr)
    + CONVERT(BIGINT, @FirstSeqNum)
  FROM master.dbo.spt_values
  ORDER BY number
--INSERT @newIds([NewId]) 

If you need more, or are worried about using the view master.dbo.spt_values, see other possible techniques for generating sets without looping here:

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  • Perfect! Thank you! What is master.dbo.spt_values? Looks like a system table. Are you just using it because it has a lot of rows? Is it safe to use a system table like this? – Vaccano Jun 29 '15 at 16:52
  • Yes, it's a system table (well, technically it's a view), should be relatively safe, but you can instead use things like sys.all_objects in your local database. Or create your own numbers table, as I advocate in those articles. – Aaron Bertrand Jun 29 '15 at 16:54
  • I like the number table option. Thank you again for the great answer! – Vaccano Jun 29 '15 at 16:59

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