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Tip of the Day:January 3

sasCommunity Tip of the Day

When writing programs, SAS ignores the case of variable names. However when it comes to display the variables names, say with Proc CONTENTS, then the case does matter for the sorting of the variable names.

Proc CONTENTS provides the ORDER= option to sort the variable names in different ways. See the code sample below on how the ORDER= option affects the variable name sorting.

data work.myvars;
    Aa aa2 aa1 Aa10
    Bb bb2 bb1 Bb10
    Zz zz1 Zz10
    $ 8
title "variables names sorted with the default";
ods select variables;
proc contents data=work.myvars;
title "variables names sorted with order=ignorecase";
ods select variables;
proc contents data=work.myvars order=ignorecase;
title "variables names sorted with order=casecollate";
ods select variables;
proc contents data=work.myvars order=casecollate;

Submitted By Md4

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Tip of the Day:January 1

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You don't have to memorize the exact syntax and all of the options of PROC EXPORT or PROC IMPORT, or go fumbling for the documentation every time you need to use them. Instead, create a PROC EXPORT template and a PROC IMPORT template for yourself using the wizards in SAS Display Manager. Then, copy and modify either template in your programs to suit your particular needs.

In SAS Display Manager, select: <File>, then <Export Data>. Choose the SASHELP.CLASS SAS data set just to have something to work with. Then, go through all of the subsequent windows, choosing all of the available options. When you get to the window that states:

The EXPORT wizard can create a file containing PROC EXPORT commands that can be used in SAS programs to export this data again. If you want these statements to be generated, enter the filename where they should be saved.

...simply choose a directory and then a meaningful program name, such as "Export to Excel". When you click <Finish>, you will have a SAS program that looks something like this:

            OUTFILE= "C:\Documents and Settings\RAITHEL_M\SAS Class.XLS" 
     RANGE="SAS Class"; 

You can reverse this process with the Import Data wizard to create a PROC IMPORT template.

Submitted by Michael A. Raithel, The man who wrote the book on performance.. Contact me at my Discussion Page.

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