Hunting for Columbus Eggs in the SAS Programming World: A Guidance to Creative Thinking for SAS Programmers

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Abstract

A Columbus’ Egg, according to Wikipedia, refers to a brilliant idea or discovery that seems simple or easy after the fact. In this paper, the author presents several Columbus’ Eggs that may be helpful to fellow SAS® programmers. SAS examples are given, followed by learning tips to reminder readers what they actually have learned. Examples include catchy phrases to remember basic SQL structure, an innovative use of a SAS function, methods to white out/cover up unwanted information, horizontal vs. vertical approach to resolve a problem, as well as, divide and conquer technique.

It is the author’s intention to not only provide readers with useful techniques, but more importantly, to stimulate them to think outside the box and hunt for their own Columbus’ Eggs!


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