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How to Add a Date randomly

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Hi All,

In a table (sale.person) I have more than 9 lacs row. I have only three columns. I need to add a column by Orderdate (which I have done by Alter table). Next I want to fill up the rows with date which should be set as a Order.

For example if the date of first row is 2013-07-04 then the date of the next row will be 2013-07-03 and so one.

Is there any way so that I can do it easily?
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Simply add an IDENTITY column to your table (if you haven't one already).
Give each row the same value for OrderDate: 2013-07-04. Then simply distract the identity value from the OrderDate to get the required values for your OrderDate column.



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niladri.primalink (7/4/2013)
Hi All,

In a table (sale.person) I have more than 9 lacs row. I have only three columns. I need to add a column by Orderdate (which I have done by Alter table). Next I want to fill up the rows with date which should be set as a Order.

For example if the date of first row is 2013-07-04 then the date of the next row will be 2013-07-03 and so one.

Is there any way so that I can do it easily?


Considering that there have been only 7.35 lac days since the year "0000", I have to ask why you want to do this. Is it a test table that you're trying to populate? If so, please see the following...
http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/Test+Data/88964/

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What in Buddha's name is a "lac day?"


My mantra: No loops! No CURSORs! No RBAR! Hoo-uh!

My thought question: Have you ever been told that your query runs too fast?

My advice:
INDEXing a poor-performing query is like putting sugar on cat food. Yeah, it probably tastes better but are you sure you want to eat it?
The path of least resistance can be a slippery slope. Take care that fixing your fixes of fixes doesn't snowball and end up costing you more than fixing the root cause would have in the first place.


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Since random numbers are too important to be left to chance, let's generate some!
Learn to understand recursive CTEs by example.
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My temporal SQL musings: Calendar Tables, an Easter SQL, Time Slots and Self-maintaining, Contiguous Effective Dates in Temporal Tables
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Hi All,

Thanks for your response....

Yes I have run a loop like below
declare @i int=900000
declare @mydate date=getdate()
while @i>0

begin
set @mydate= dateadd(day,-1,@mydate)
print @mydate
set @i=@i-1
end


However it is not working as the last date it shows like 01-01-01....What I have done is that I have given first 10,000 a single date and then next 10,000 another date and so on....

However your input has helped me to solve it.
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dwain.c (7/4/2013)
What in Buddha's name is a "lac day?"


"lac" is 100,000 in the OP's language.

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Although change is inevitable, change for the better is usually not.
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niladri.primalink (7/4/2013)

However your input has helped me to solve it.


Two way street here... please post the code you ended up with so someone else can learn from it. Thanks.

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RBAR is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
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     Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
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Although change is inevitable, change for the better is usually not.
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What in Buddha's name is a "lac day?"


"lac" is 100,000 in the OP's language.


Oh, I get it! It can be used like a productivity measure:

SLOC/lac-days


My mantra: No loops! No CURSORs! No RBAR! Hoo-uh!

My thought question: Have you ever been told that your query runs too fast?

My advice:
INDEXing a poor-performing query is like putting sugar on cat food. Yeah, it probably tastes better but are you sure you want to eat it?
The path of least resistance can be a slippery slope. Take care that fixing your fixes of fixes doesn't snowball and end up costing you more than fixing the root cause would have in the first place.


Need to UNPIVOT? Why not CROSS APPLY VALUES instead?
Since random numbers are too important to be left to chance, let's generate some!
Learn to understand recursive CTEs by example.
Splitting strings based on patterns can be fast!
My temporal SQL musings: Calendar Tables, an Easter SQL, Time Slots and Self-maintaining, Contiguous Effective Dates in Temporal Tables
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What in Buddha's name is a "lac day?"


"lac" is 100,000 in the OP's language.


Oh, I get it! It can be used like a productivity measure:

SLOC/lac-days


:-P

--Jeff Moden

RBAR is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
     Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
Although they tell us that they want it real bad, our primary goal is to ensure that we dont actually give it to them that way.
Although change is inevitable, change for the better is usually not.
Just because you can do something in PowerShell, doesnt mean you should. Wink

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