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Debugging SAS Programs: A Handbook of Tools and Techniques 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1580259279
ISBN-10: 1580259278
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Michele Burlew has done an excellent job on a topic that is not well publicized: how to debug a SAS program. It is obvious Michele has spent considerable time writing this book, supplying examples of SAS programs with errors, error messages, and solutions to errors. --Charles Patridge, The Hartford

I especially like the chapter at the back of the book where you can look up obscure messages and see what the likely causes are--very usable stuff. --Philip Mason

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: SAS Publishing; 1 edition (September 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580259278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580259279
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,986,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
Expert SAS programmer Burlew provides various techniques for interpreting and preventing programming errors in this hefty, (and expensive) technical book from SAS Publishing. While there is a great deal of useful information, the book awkwardly combines the simple and the advanced. For example, chapters 1 and 6 explain automatically generated error messages in SAS logfiles. A great many of these errors are either self-explanatory, unnecessary to understand in the detail presented here, or may not be included in your own program logs. Still, it is very helpful to have these listed and explained in a compact form.

The value of three other chapters will also depend on the experience of the user and the type of software used. One very long chapter is devoted to debugging errors in macros; if you don't use macros, these chapters are of limited use. Another chapter, "Debugging SAS DATA Steps with the DATA Step Debugger," is apparently only for SAS for Windows software. Furthermore, the correct programming is superimposed on very small pictures resembling Windows screens; it is frustrating to read the resulting tiny font size.

Chapter 3, "Debugging SAS Language Programs," is the most helpful one for the intermediate level user. One of the difficulties in SAS and other languages is that a program may run and produce output, but contain undetected errors. Burlew explains a variety of clever options statements and SAS language statements that improve your ability to detect logical, syntactic, and semantic errors. Another nice feature is an Appendix that describes how to build the data sets that are used as exemplars throughout the book.

Chapters are as follows:

1 .Understanding the Types of Errors in SAS Programs, p. 24
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