Let's assume you want to loop through a table variable having the structure like below.
DECLARE @tempCategories TABLE ( Id INT, CategoryName NVARCHAR(500) )
To iterate through this table, just add one more column (
Processed) in this table variable. Now the table should look like this.
DECLARE @tempCategories TABLE ( Id INT, -- Make sure, you have one unique column in the table CategoryName NVARCHAR(500), Processed INT DEFAULT 0 -- This is the main column that will help us in looping through the table. )
Important: Make sure, you have one unique column in the table. If it is
Idthen very good, else create a new one.
After that, use the below SQL.
-- 1. Declare a variable to hold unique column value of table variable DECLARE @Id INT -- 2. Run code till even a single record is present which is un-processed WHILE (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM @tempCategories WHERE Processed = 0) > 0 BEGIN -- A. Select first un-processed item from the table variable -- Note: Here, you can fetch any column as per your need SELECT TOP 1 @Id = Id FROM @tempCategories WHERE Processed = 0 -- B. Do some processing here with your custom logic -- Your custom logic -- Your custom logic -- Your custom logic -- C. Finally, update the table variable, set the 'Processed' column of the processed row to 1. UPDATE @tempCategories SET Processed = 1 Where Id = @Id END
That's it 😊.