Creating a recursive Common Table Expression (CTE) to generate a series of numbers in SQL is a useful technique. Below is an example of how to do this. We'll demonstrate using a CTE in SQL Server, but similar logic applies to most SQL databases that support CTEs.
###### Example: Generating Numbers from 1 to 10

Here’s how you can create a recursive CTE to generate a series of numbers:
WITH NumberSeries AS (
-- Anchor member: Start the series at 1
SELECT 1 AS Number
UNION ALL
-- Recursive member: Increment the number by 1
SELECT Number + 1
FROM NumberSeries
WHERE Number < 10 -- Change 10 to your desired maximum number
)
SELECT Number
FROM NumberSeries;

###### Explanation:

1. **Anchor Member**: This part of the CTE initializes the number series. In this example, we start with the number *1*.
2. **Recursive Member**: This part increments the value of *Number* by *1* for each recursion. It continues generating numbers as long as the condition *WHERE Number < 10* is satisfied.
3. **Final SELECT**: After the CTE definition, we execute a *SELECT* statement to retrieve the numbers from the CTE.
###### Points to Note:

- **Recursion Limit**: Many databases have a limit on how many times a CTE can recursively call itself. For example, SQL Server has a default limit of 100 recursions, which you can change with the *MAXRECURSION* option, if necessary.
- **Performance**: Be cautious when generating large series of numbers, as recursive CTEs can consume memory and processing resources.
You can adjust the stopping condition in the *WHERE* clause to generate a different range of numbers or customize the starting point as needed.