Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 12:08:05 -0600
Reply-To: Jack Hamilton <JackHamilton@FIRSTHEALTH.COM>
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From: Jack Hamilton <JackHamilton@FIRSTHEALTH.COM>
Subject: Re: Period following a Marco Variable
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Not everyone agrees that using periods at the end of macro variable
names is bad.
In some cases, periods, use of a period makes the code more readable,
not less. In other cases, the use of the period is required, so whether
it's good or bad is irrelevant.
In the past, I used periods only when they were required. I am moving
towards consistent of the trailing period, whether it's necessary or
I also use a trailing period in the length statement; maybe I just like
Manager, Technical Development
Metrics Department, First Health
West Sacramento, California USA
>>> Chang <chang_y_chung@HOTMAIL.COM> 10/08/2003 10:46 AM >>>
I am also guilty of using periods and did not realize that this lowers
readability of the source. First of all, my apologies for this "bad"
My execuse is that I am hooked on using the enhanced editor on Windows
with the less-than perfect syntax coloring. It colors correctly with
"¯ovar." while it fails to recognize "¯ovar".
I cannot go back to an editor without the syntax coloring. Can anybody
recommend a better editor? Or is it better in the enhanced editor in
charles_s_patridge@PRODIGY.NET (Charles Patridge) wrote in message
> To All,
> Can you tell me what is the importance of having a period at the end
> macro variable? I saw this in another program I had a chance to
> this past week and was wondering why it is being used.
> Is this something new in Version 9 that will be required going
> the future of SAS macro programming???
> Right now, I never use a period following my macro variables unless I
> need to concatenate multiple macro variables or need a period for
> Just would like to know what I am missing.
> Charles Patridge