SQL SERVER – A Puzzle Part 2 – Fun with SEQUENCE in SQL Server 2012 – Guess the Next Value

Before continuing this blog post – please read the first part of the SEQUENCE Puzzle here A Puzzle – Fun with SEQUENCE in SQL Server 2012 – Guess the Next Value. Where we played a simple guessing game about predicting next value. The answers the of puzzle is shared on the blog posts as a comment. Now here is the next puzzle based on yesterday’s puzzle.

First execute the script which I have written here. The only difference between yesterday’s script is that I have removed the MINVALUE as 1 from the syntax. Now guess what will be the next value as requested in the query.

USE TempDB
GO
-- Create sequence
CREATE SEQUENCE dbo.SequenceID AS BIGINT
START
WITH 3
INCREMENT
BY 1
MAXVALUE 5
CYCLE
NO CACHE
;
GO
-- Following will return 3
SELECT next value FOR dbo.SequenceID;
-- Following will return 4
SELECT next value FOR dbo.SequenceID;
-- Following will return 5
SELECT next value FOR dbo.SequenceID;
-- Following will return which number
SELECT next value FOR dbo.SequenceID;
-- Clean up
DROP SEQUENCE dbo.SequenceID;
GO

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Above script gave me following resultset.

SQL SERVER - A Puzzle Part 2 - Fun with SEQUENCE in SQL Server 2012 - Guess the Next Value seqpuz

3 is the starting value and 5 is the maximum value. Once Sequence reaches to maximum value what happens? and WHY?

I (kindly) suggest you try to attempt to answer this question without running this code in SQL Server 2012. I am very confident that irrespective of SQL Server version you are running you will have great learning. I will follow up of the answer in comments below. Recently my friend Vinod Kumar wrote excellent blog post on SQL Server 2012: Using SEQUENCE, you can head over there for learning sequence in details.

Reference: Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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