create autonumber id in views

Maybe an easy one?

How can I create an autonumber field in a view.
I am joining tables in a view, but there is no unique id,
so I would like to create one

Anyone an idea?

thanks

Geert
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AaronAbendCommented:
insert into a table with an identity column... only way I can think of.  Oracle has rownum but SQL doesn't.

select top 0 * into newtable from myview - just creates structure to match view
alter table newtable add seq int identity(1,1)
insert newtable(allcolumns EXCEPT the new sequence) select columns from myview

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AaronAbendCommented:
Kent's link is better
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Geert BormansInformation ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Thanks,

The views are pretty complex,
so I avoided things like copying parts of the view to get the count(*)
or setting an IDENTITY... INTO

I decided to go for
select
    NewID() as id,
...

It doesn't give me autonumbering
but it gives me a unique ID, though an ugly one :-)
I gave that priority over a more complex approach

cheers

Geert
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CIC AdminCommented:
Another thought : If the ids did not need to be sequential and you just wanted a unique id, AND if both tables had their own autonumber id AND you knew there would not be mroe than x records in a particular table (a lot of ANDs in there I know), what you could do is generate a unique id by combining the two ids.  For instance, if you know that table two was not going to have over 10000 records, then you could take (table1ID * 10000) + table2ID.  This would give you a number that is unique regardless of which combination of table1 records and table2 records are joined.  This could of course be extrapolated to 3 or more tables.  They would not be sequential but it may serve your needs in some circumstances.

P.S.  Thanks for the points, but was the assist meant for AaronAbend?  I got points for both the Accept and the Assist.
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Geert BormansInformation ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Kent,

thank you for your last suggestion
I had thought about that but the mult-to-multi link table has no id's (legacy database... I know :-)
so I possibly would end up with duplicate id's this way

With my points I wanted to indicate to future readers that there was valuable information in two messages from yourself,
so no mistake in awarding.
I could not implement AaronAbend's solution (will all respect and a thankyou for his/her input though)

cheers

Geert
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