While researching, I found that IDENTITY() can be a property of a table, as well as a function - under what circumstances can it be a function and why is it useful?

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asked Apr 05, 2010 at 06:51 PM in Default

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Good question..
Apr 05, 2010 at 06:56 PM CirqueDeSQLeil
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Identity() can be used as a function when populating a table with integer values to create a table of dummy data for testing. It must be used via the "Select Into" method. After which you should go back and recreate your indexes.

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answered Apr 05, 2010 at 06:55 PM

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Good answer... :)
Apr 05, 2010 at 07:08 PM Matt Whitfield ♦♦
Thanks Matt. For others, this method is used widely throughout SSC.
Apr 05, 2010 at 07:18 PM CirqueDeSQLeil
+1 to the hell of it:-)
Oct 05, 2010 at 08:04 AM DaniSQL
Thanks Dani
Oct 05, 2010 at 08:58 AM CirqueDeSQLeil
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