Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 08:36:31 -0500
Reply-To: Peter Flom <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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From: Peter Flom <peterflomconsulting@MINDSPRING.COM>
Subject: Re: What simple tutorials do you need for Base SAS?
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Warren Schlechte <Warren.Schlechte@TPWD.STATE.TX.US> wrote
>AND, good explanations (liberal comments).
>The code I have seen you advance on this listserve seems arcane to me,
>and it hurts my head trying to understand what each part does.
>It is probably very applicable code, but it won't be applied code until
>users can be certain they understand what it is doing, including the
>subtle nuances that might bite them.
To read one's own code without comments is difficult.
To read someone else's code, especially if it introduces new ideas, requires a lot of explanation. Several people on SAS-L give code with great comments - reading these answers not only solves the problem, it teaches programing. In addition, some of the SAS Samples on their web site have very detailed comments, which helps a lot