Generate your own serial numbers for a table

There are times when you would want to generate your own serial numbers for a query. For eg: If we take the Customers table in Northwind database, the CustomerID is not numeric Eg: 'ALFKI'.

If you want to generate your own serial number for the Customers table while displaying the records, use the ROW_NUMBER(). As mentioned in BOL "ROW_NUMBER() returns the sequential number of a row within a partition of a result set, starting at 1 for the first row in each partition"

Here is a query that will help you generate your own serial numbers for the CustomerID

CustomerID, ContactName, CompanyName, ContactTitle
FROM Customers

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