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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Little Utility Macro

A lot of times when I am working with interactive SAS, I find myself staring at a SAS date that has not been formatted. The quickest way to see the actual date was to go to my "scratch" enhanced editor and write a quick data _null_ to put it to the log. That was before I realized that macros can be invoked from the command line.

%macro date(d);
%let r = %sysfunc( putN(&d,mmddyy10.) );
%put &r;
%mend date;

Now I just put this little guy into my autoexec, and voila! a full 40 seconds of my life saved!

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