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SAS Stored Process: Benefits of Minimalist Programming

Minimalism

SAS stored processes can do a lot.  While I haven’t taken on the life of a true minimalist, recently I have come to see the benefits of limiting my stored process source code to just one statement.  And the best part of this practice is, I can still do everything I want.

When you create a stored process, SAS writes the source code somewhere (see Tricia’s post on where the code is stored).  Typically you enter the source code in the stored process wizard.  I am now in the habit of typing just one %INCLUDE statement in the source code, and I end up with a stored process window that looks like below.  I use the /source2 option to make sure the included code is written to the log. 

 

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