SQL SERVER 2000 - Nested Select - TreeView (Using ParentID)

Experts,
I have got a table that has the following in CSV form:

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ID,CategoryName,ParentID
1,Software,
2,Progamming,1
3,Office,1
4,ASP,2
5,ASP.NET,2
6,PHP,2
7,VB.NET,2
8,C#,2
9,Excel,3
10,Word,3
-------------------------------------

How do i write a select statement that selects all that falls under "Software", subs and sub of subs, no matter how many nested levels get created under the main root in the future.
feesuAsked:
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imitchieConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Didn't realise you had an identity column.
Try this instead

create proc nestedSelect( @CategoryName varchar(50) )
as
 
create table #tmp ( ID int, CategoryName varchar(50), ParentID int )
 
insert into #tmp
select ID,CategoryName,ParentID
from myTable
where CategoryName = @CategoryName
 
while @@rowcount > 0
  insert into #tmp
  select a.ID,a.CategoryName,a.ParentID
  from myTable a
    inner join #tmp b on a.ParentID = b.ID
    left join #tmp c on a.ID = c.ID
  where c.ID is null
 
select * from #tmp
GO

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imitchieCommented:
You can't do that in a single select. Like you say "no matter how many levels", which could be 1000!

here's an option though.  If you want to select everything to do with "Software", run

exec nestedSelect "Software"
create proc nestedSelect( @CategoryName varchar(50) )
as
select ID,CategoryName,ParentID
into #tmp
from myTable
where CategoryName = @CategoryName
 
while @@rowcount > 0
  insert into #tmp
  select a.ID,a.CategoryName,a.ParentID
  from myTable a
    inner join #tmp b on a.ParentID = b.ID
    left join #tmp c on a.ID = c.ID
  where c.ID is null
 
select * from #tmp
GO

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feesuAuthor Commented:
imitchie,
After executing this SP i got the following error:

Server: Msg 8101, Level 16, State 1, Line 9
An explicit value for the identity column in table '#tmp' can only be specified when a column list is used and IDENTITY_INSERT is ON.
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feesuAuthor Commented:
Still, got the following:

Server: Msg 8101, Level 16, State 1, Line 6
An explicit value for the identity column in table '#tmp' can only be specified when a column list is used and IDENTITY_INSERT is ON.
Server: Msg 8101, Level 16, State 1, Line 12
An explicit value for the identity column in table '#tmp' can only be specified when a column list is used and IDENTITY_INSERT is ON.

Please look at the code I am trying to execute:
create table #tmp ( ikey int, CategoryName varchar(50), ParentID int )
 
DECLARE @Category_IKey INT
SET @Category_IKey = 48
 
INSERT INTO #tmp
SELECT IKEY,CategoryName,ParentID
FROM  FAQ_Categories
WHERE IKey = @Category_IKey
 
WHILE @@rowcount > 0
  INSERT INTO #tmp
  SELECT a.IKey,a.CategoryName,a.ParentID
  FROM FAQ_Categories a
    INNER JOIN #tmp b on a.ParentID = b.IKey
    LEFT JOIN #tmp c on a.IKey = c.IKey
  WHERE c.IKey IS NULL
 
SELECT * FROM #tmp

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imitchieCommented:
which is not in an SP...
drop the table first, I think the previous run still had the table
add this to the top

drop table #tmp
GO
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feesuAuthor Commented:
Thanks alot!
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