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Get "available" numbers

Get "available" numbers

Get "available" numbers

I have a table that contains a list of products. One of the columns contains a product number (it is not an identity column). I would like to create a stored proc that will give me all available product numbers inside a range. So for example, my table may have 10 records and the barcode numbers are 101, 102, 104, 105, 107, 108, 109, 111, 112, 113.... I would like to call a stored proc with the parameters StartProductNumber of 101 and EndProductNumber 113. The results would give me 103, 106, and 110 since they do not exist. What's the easiest way to accomplish this?

RE: Get "available" numbers

A simple query does this:


SELECT * FROM products where barcode between 101 and 113 

or parameterized:


lnProductBarcodeLow = 101
lnProductBarcodeHigh = 113
SELECT * FROM products where barcode between ?m.lnProductBarcodeLow and ?m.lnProductBarcodeHigh 

Bye, Olaf.

RE: Get "available" numbers

the query needs to give me the numbers that are missing from the sequence

RE: Get "available" numbers

I expect you could use something like this where you create a table of all values and left join your product number:


cteNums As
(SELECT ones.n + 10*tens.n + 1000 Num
FROM (VALUES(0),(1),(2),(3),(4),(5),(6),(7),(8),(9)) ones(n),
     (VALUES(0),(1),(2),(3),(4),(5)                ) tens(n)
WHERE ones.n + 10*tens.n + 1000 BETWEEN 101 AND 113)
FROM cteNums LEFT JOIN [YourTableName] ON Num = SomeField
WHERE [somefield] is Null 

Hook'D on Access
MS Access MVP 2001-2016

RE: Get "available" numbers

Ok, my bad not reading thoroughly.

Then a tally table stored proc should generate the full list 101...113 and you could do an EXCEPT query with the products.

CODE -->

Declare @products as Table (barcode int);

--barcodes 101..113 with several gaps
Insert into @products values (102),(104),(105),(106),(109),(110),(113);

WITH Tally (num) AS
    -- 1000 rows
    FROM (VALUES(0),(0),(0),(0),(0),(0),(0),(0),(0),(0)) a(n)
    CROSS JOIN (VALUES(0),(0),(0),(0),(0),(0),(0),(0),(0),(0)) b(n)
    CROSS JOIN (VALUES(0),(0),(0),(0),(0),(0),(0),(0),(0),(0)) c(n)

Select num from Tally where num between 101 and 113
Select barcode from @products where barcode between 101 and 113 

If you need more than 1000 tally numbers see http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/dwainsql/201...

If you know you never are interested in more than 1000 consecutive numbers, you don't need any advanced tally table procedure, but the low value might be much higher (as in 12 digit barcodes). For that you can also use lowvalue+ROWNUMBER()-1, of course and num doesn't start at 1.

Bye, Olaf.

RE: Get "available" numbers

(Untested) but what about....


SELECT DISTINCT n=number FROM master..[spt_values] WHERE Number BETWEEN 101 and 113
Select barcode from @products WHERE barcode between 101 and 113 

Just my $.02

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