Carpenter's Complete Guide to the SAS Macro Language, Third Edition

3rd Edition

Art Carpenter
eISBN-13: 9781629592688

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For SAS programmers or analysts who need to generalize their programs or improve programming efficiency, Art Carpenter thoroughly updates his highly successful second edition of Carpenter's Complete Guide to the SAS Macro Language with an extensive collection of new macro language techniques and examples.


Addressing the composition and operation of the SAS macro facility and the SAS macro language, this third edition offers nearly 400 ready-to-use macros, macro functions, and macro tools that enable you to convert SAS code to macros, define macro variables, and more! Users with a basic understanding of Base SAS who are new to the SAS macro language will find more detail, utilities, and references to additional learning opportunities; advanced macro language programmers who need help with data-driven macros and dynamic application development will find greatly expanded treatment of these topics.


This revised and enlarged edition includes the following topics:

New and expanded introduction to the macro language
Functions, automatic macro variables, and macro statements new to the macro language
Expanded macro language tools that interface with the operating system
Expanded data-driven methodologies used to build dynamic applications
Expanded discussion of list processing, with four alternative approaches presented
Additional file and data management examples
Expanded discussion of CALL EXECUTE and DOSUBL
New discussion of using the macro language on remote servers
Expanded discussion and examples of macro quoting


Far beyond a reference manual issued from an ivory tower, this book is pragmatic and example-driven: Yes, you will find syntax examples; yes, the code is explained. But the focus of this book is on actual code used to solve real-world business problems. In fact, an entire appendix is dedicated to listing the nearly 70 classes of problems that are solved by programs covered in this edition. Discussion of the examples elucidates the pros and cons of the particular solution and often suggests alternative approaches. Therefore, this book provides you both a compendium of reusable and adaptable code, and opportunities for deepening your understanding and growing as a SAS programmer.

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ISBNs 9781635269178, 9781629592688, 9781629602370, 9781629602394
Publish Year 2017
Language English
Number of Pages 540
Edition 3rd
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