Glossary for Comments

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A Glossary for Program Comments

A wise man (whose name I cannot remember) once wrote: A beginner doesn't use comments. An intermediate user uses comments to explain what he did. An expert uses comments to explain what he did NOT do.

Contents

What goes in comments?

Glossary

A

  • allocate, v.
  1. choose variable name
  2. assign value to variable
  • assign, v.,

L

  • lookup table, n., a table with a Primary Key that contains columns with text explanations;

fact tables are linked to lookup tables with FactTable.ForeignKey = LookUpTable.PrimaryKey; database term: dimension table; SAS shortcut: formats;

M

  • make

O

  • order, v., by-var,

P

  • partition,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partition_%28database%29

S

  • set,
    • n., a list of items,
    • v., to assign
  • stratify, v., to arrange, to order, to stack: use by-var with procedures; proc freq cross-tab: tables A * B;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratify

U

  • unique, to make unique: proc sort data = ... noduprecs|nodupkey; by by-var(s);

--macro maven == the radical programmer 14:51, 13 June 2008 (EDT)