# SQL | Looping exercise | Basic loop to count events for each year

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 Software ==> SQL  (198 exercises) Version ==> Any version of SQL Server Topic ==> Looping  (3 exercises) Level ==> Average difficulty Subject ==> SQL training
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1. Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
2. Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
3. Execute this script.

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The aim of this exercise is to create a query to show the number of events which occurred in each year that you have been alive, using a loop to run a separate select statement for each year:

The first few results for a Wise Owl born in 1981.

See below for details on how to do this.

The main parts of a loop are the starting point, counter, counter increment and end point - once you have these the rest of the loop is just the tasty filling:

-- create the counter, normally a variable

DECLARE @Counter INT =

-- create an end point to stop the loop

DECLARE @EndValue INT =

-- start the loop and set an end point

WHILE @Counter <=>

BEGIN

--Everything else

SET @Counter = @Counter + 1 --Increase the counter

END

Set the initial value of the counter to your year of birth, and loop until this reaches the current year (use year(GetDate())). You can then use the counter within your loop to filter a select statement counting the number of events.

Optionally save this as Going Loopy.sql and close it down.

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