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Functioning with Data Step Functions

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Functions provide access to powerful tools and routines that make our everyday programming life easier. However since there are so many functions, some programmers are unaware of potentially valuable tools. To make matters worse many functions have been added to the SAS System since the Version 6 manuals were first published, and consequently many of these functions are under utilized. Additionally most of the functions that were originally only available in Screen Control Language are now, starting with the latest releases of Version 6, available in the DATA step.

Selected functions from the categories of new, under utilized, neglected, and formerly SCL are discussed through the use of examples.

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