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Tips Talk:Choosing the Most Efficient Procedure

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I'm not sure I agree. I just ran a quick test comparing proc sql with proc print to print all variables from sashelp.class after expanding the file to have 1000 replications of each record. proc sql won in 5 out of 5 tests. Minimally but, regardless, that alone conflicts with the premise.--Art T 19:46, 28 June 2012 (EDT)


I think this is too broad for a tip. People will want to describe exceptions and unusual cases. The part about PROC DATASETS vs DATA step is solid, but we already have Tips:PROC DATASETS Efficiencies; no need to repeat.--Howles 15:43, 29 June 2012 (EDT)

I actually don't have a problem with overlapping tips, since each tip shows up only once a year or so. Although variety is better--Art Carpenter (talk) 13:02, 16 April 2014 (CDT)

So it is almost two years later. It has 555 views. — Charlie Shipp (talk) 19:26, 14 April 2014 (CDT)


There may be value in providing TIPs on program development, not just 'techie' TIPs, like how to write code. Perhaps this TIP can be improved to satisfy everyone. -- Charlie Shipp (talk) 19:39, 23 May 2014 (CDT)


I agree with Charlie! The fact the proc datasets CAN do some things more efficiently than other methods would, in itself, make a worthwhile tip. My original comment was against saying that proc datasets is the be all-end all for everything.--Art T 20:17, 25 November 2014 (CST)


This is interesting, but I agree with Art Carpenter and Charlie above. Can this tip be shortened, with a longer page explaining the details? Mention a few benchmarks/methods of determining performance/efficiency, and as a "further reading", include the longer page. There are certainly other resources that could be linked to. = paulkaefer (talk) 09:49, 28 April 2017 (CDT)