Using a Numbers Table in SQL Server to insert test data

http://www.cathrinewilhelmsen.net/2015/04/14/using-a-numbers-table-in-sql-server-to-insert-test-data/

Using a Numbers Table in SQL Server to insert test data

Itzik Ben-Gan’s solution to generate a virtual numbers table when needed

IF OBJECT_ID(‘dbo.GetNums’) IS NOT NULL
DROP FUNCTION dbo.GetNums;
GO

CREATE FUNCTION dbo.GetNums(@n AS BIGINT) RETURNS TABLE AS RETURN
WITH
L0   AS(SELECT 1 AS c UNION ALL SELECT 1),
L1   AS(SELECT 1 AS c FROM L0 AS A CROSS JOIN L0 AS B),
L2   AS(SELECT 1 AS c FROM L1 AS A CROSS JOIN L1 AS B),
L3   AS(SELECT 1 AS c FROM L2 AS A CROSS JOIN L2 AS B),
L4   AS(SELECT 1 AS c FROM L3 AS A CROSS JOIN L3 AS B),
L5   AS(SELECT 1 AS c FROM L4 AS A CROSS JOIN L4 AS B),
Nums AS(SELECT ROW_NUMBER() OVER(ORDER BY (SELECT NULL)) AS n FROM L5)
SELECT TOP (@n) n FROM Nums ORDER BY n;
GO

From

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1393951/what-is-the-best-way-to-create-and-populate-a-numbers-table

CREATE TABLE dbo.Example (ExampleId  int  not null)  

DECLARE @RowsToCreate int
SET @RowsToCreate = 1000000

--  "Table of numbers" data generator, as per Itzik Ben-Gan (from multiple sources)
;WITH
  Pass0 as (select 1 as C union all select 1), --2 rows
  Pass1 as (select 1 as C from Pass0 as A, Pass0 as B),--4 rows
  Pass2 as (select 1 as C from Pass1 as A, Pass1 as B),--16 rows
  Pass3 as (select 1 as C from Pass2 as A, Pass2 as B),--256 rows
  Pass4 as (select 1 as C from Pass3 as A, Pass3 as B),--65536 rows
  Pass5 as (select 1 as C from Pass4 as A, Pass4 as B),--4,294,967,296 rows
  Tally as (select row_number() over(order by C) as Number from Pass5)
INSERT Example (ExampleId)
 select TOP(10000) Number
  from Tally
 
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