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Solutions in the Round -- How to Modify Descriptor Information without Processing Records

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From the WUSS abstract for this topic

There are ways to modify descriptor information on a dataset without processing any records from the dataset. This discussion will aim to identify and evaluate several of those methods. Solutions in the Round is an exciting new section [at WUSS 2014]. The format is simple: we sit in a circle and discuss the many ways to approach and address a programming problem, and we'll identify situations where one approach might be more useful than another. We will keep notes, and those notes will be posted on where we can continue the discussion and allow other to join in after the conference. We hope to engage users from all different perspectives and experience levels to participate in these discussions.

Discussion at WUSS

Three main options were discussed:

  • PROC DATASETS -- modify
  • PROC METADATA -- but users may lack write permission
    • UPDATE?
    • ALTER?
    • MODIFY??

We also have notes on this solution, (can someone elaborate?):

OUT= .... (GENMAX = N)

Further Discussion -- Open to All

Please join the conversation! Also, if you were one of the live participants, please feel free to correct any mistakes or omissions from our original discussion.

  • First of all, my apologies for the delay in posting this to the site -- several months after the conference. It was a lot of fun to host this section and to collaborate in such a free-formatted section, and I hope that we can continue the discussion here. As the section chair, and in hopes of breaking the ice, I challenged myself to propose the worst solution to every problem. I think that it is important to identify the full spectrum of solutions to a problem, so that we can also identify the things that we are trying to avoid. I look forward to hearing others' thoughts. Cheers, --Otterm1 (talk) 10:58, 30 December 2014 (CST)