Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2010 11:41:34 -0400
Reply-To: Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET>
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From: Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET>
Subject: Re: Smallest SAS program working indefinitely?
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Since Jim and I are both pipe smokers, I vote for Las Vegas: many
extremely large smoking lounges that serve free alcoholic beverages while
you lose your money!
As for the winners, Jim originally announced them (in 2004) as follows:
Summarizing, the best ideas of the nominees were:
Chang Y. Chung [chang_y_chung@HOTMAIL.COM] with «PRO SQL», 7 characters in
the category WAITING (Proc is running) in interactive mode.
Choate, Paul@DDS [pchoate@DDS.CA.GOV] with a.o. «inc*;», 6 characters in
the category WORKING in interactive mode.
Richard A. DeVenezia [email@example.com] with a.o. «dm'subt», 7
characters in the category WAITING (Proc is running) in interactive mode,
and probably OS=MVS only.
And there was Arthur Tabachneck [art297@NETSCAPE.NET], who just counted
the number of (4)characters or rather keystrokes «x b;» to start some
sequence of not-necessarily small programs causing the never-ending loop.
I did not sustain that solution, because he did not count all characters
in the called programs as well and only wanted to count the code to start
Finally my own one: «%inc q;» in file q.sas (file name very important), 7
characters in the category WORKING in both interactive and batch mode (at
least in SAS 8.2 under Windows 2000). You can check this initial idea by
decrypting the doubly encrypted file:
The password for unzipping this zip file and the zip file in there is:
Sinterklaas (with a capital S).
And my recent entry of: x
On Mon, 4 Oct 2010 07:39:44 -0500, Data _null_; <iebupdte@GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>You guys keep talking about the "winner" and referencing other
>posts/treads but I still don't know what is the shortest
>continually/indefinitely running program is.
>I've gotta get some sleep too you know.
>Let's see Vegas vs Nashville, PharmaSUG does have better food.
>On Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 6:58 AM, Arthur Tabachneck <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> <snip .. Jim's post can be found at:
>> Appology wasn't needed but is accepted anyway. As for my contesting to
>> this year's most frequent poster, it does appear likely this year, but
>> wasn't my intent.
>> Besides having all of those hours to while away due to sleepless nights
>> (due to your contest), I've been trying to do my part to ensure that we
>> SAS users don't lose this valuable resource (i.e., the user driven and
>> controlled SAS-L). With multiple distinct venues available now (e.g.,
>> L, the SAS Forum, comp.soft-sys.sas, sasCommunity.org, blogs, linkedin,
>> facebook, youtube, twitter, etc.), I've put in some time this year (as
>> have others have as well) trying to do my part. Awards are nice and,
>> while I haven't ever really thought about it, probably are one of the
>> motivating factors that have helped SAS-L survive all of these years.
>> Now that you are having some sleepless nights, spend the time
>> productively, helping to ensure that SAS-L remains a viable entity (both
>> for learning, teaching, sharing, problem solving, news and humor), for
>> many more years.
>> p.s. As far as I know, David is quite alive and well and showing up at
>> SGFs and various regional conferences. Speaking for myself, his humor
>> wisdom are probably a large reason the list originally captivated my own