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How to auto generate the numbers based on field values.

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The sample data is attached.
I have a field course, if i add on the field id bigint identity(1,1) and insert the records all the data will get autonumbering.

But my requirement is the numbering should restart at every course change.
For example the course list is
BBA   1
BCA   1
BBA   2
B.SC   1
BBA   3
BCA    2

The order should continue from the last number for every course.
Test-Data.xlsx
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by:PortletPaul
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that is not the purpose of an identity, which will produce a unique number for every row

what is the intended purpose for this number field?

try this on the table holding that information, do these produce the number series you want?
select
  course
, dense_rank() over (partition by course order by SrNo) as by_rank
, row_number() over (partition by course order by SrNo) as by_rownumber
from table1
order by
  course

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see it at http://sqlfiddle.com/#!3/a20d2/3
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by:searchsanjaysharma
ID: 39269254
Excellent.

Now if i add additional column adno of type varchar(200), where the adno would be
adno=Course+str(rank)

How do i update it
update testdata set adno=course+str( ? )
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PortletPaul earned 500 total points
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I would recommend using row_number()

& I would also recommend using a view instead, but if you really want to add an additional column yes you would use update like this
update table1
set adno = (
          select
          course + convert(varchar,by_rownumber)
          from (
                select
                  course
                , row_number() over (partition by course order by SrNo) as by_rownumber
                , srno
                from table1
               ) as t
          where t.srno = table1.srno
        )
;

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by:jogos
ID: 39269934
I support PortletPaul in its row_number sollution.

For the update itself I suggest a little other formulation (but 90% PortletPauls' update)
update t set t.adno = 
          t.course + convert(nvarchar,t2.by_rownumber)
from table1 as t
inner join  (
                select
                  course
                , row_number() over (partition by course order by SrNo) as by_rownumber
                , srno
                from table1
               ) as t2
          on t2.srno = t.srno
;

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Why? If it's complex and particular when you don't are that strong in sql it is easier to start with just building the select and then change it to an update
So previous update came from the update with changing only 1 line
select t.*, 
          t.course + convert(nvarchar,t2.by_rownumber)
from table1 as t
inner join  (
                select
                  course
                , row_number() over (partition by course order by SrNo) as by_rownumber
                , srno
                from table1
               ) as t2
          on t2.srno = t.srno
;

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