Basic Concepts of SAS Programming


Here we have gathered some information for those students who have just started the journey of becoming SAS certified programmer. Believe me, when I have started my studies, this took almost a week of search on web and tons of reference books. Just putting all my research paper here for you guys. As a fresher programmer to understand the following basic point about SAS Programming console was a challenge.

Components of SAS Programs

SAS programs consist of two types of steps: DATA steps and PROC (procedure) steps. These two steps, alone or combined, form most SAS programs. SAS program can consist of a DATA step, a PROC step, or any combination of DATA and PROC steps. DATA steps typically create or modify SAS data sets, but they can also be used to produce custom-designed reports. PROC steps are pre- written routines that enable you to analyze and process the data in SAS data set and to present the data in the form of a report. PROC steps sometimes create new SAS data sets that contain the results of the procedure.

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