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SAS(R) Macro Language 1: Essentials

  • Tuition USD $1,450
  • Reviews star_rate star_rate star_rate star_rate star_half 4749 Ratings
  • Course Code MC1V2
  • Duration 2 days
  • Available Formats Classroom, Virtual

This course focuses on using the SAS macro facility to design, write, and debug macro programs, with an emphasis on understanding how programs that contain macro code are processed.

Skills Gained

  • Perform text substitution in SAS code.
  • Use macro variables and macro functions.
  • Automate and customize the production of SAS code.
  • Conditionally or iteratively construct SAS code.
  • Write self-modifying, data-driven programs.

Who Can Benefit

  • Experienced SAS programmers who are familiar with simple SQL queries and well-versed in DATA step processing and who want to write reusable, dynamic programs and automate repetitive processing in SAS

Prerequisites

  • Before attending this course, you should have knowledge equivalent to having completed the SAS® Programming 1: Essentials and SAS® Programming 2: Data Manipulation Techniques courses. Specifically, you should be able to do the following:
  • Write simple SQL queries using the SELECT statement.
  • Read from and write to SAS tables using a DATA step.
  • Use DATA step programming statements, including IF-THEN/ELSE, DO WHILE, DO UNTIL, and iterative DO.
  • Use SAS data set options, including DROP=, KEEP=, and OBS=.
  • Use character functions, including SUBSTR, SCAN, and UPCASE.
  • Read subsets from tables using the WHERE statement.
  • Create and use SAS date values and constants.
  • Use Base SAS procedures such as SORT, PRINT, CONTENTS, MEANS, and FREQ.

Course Details

Introduction

  • Why SAS macro?
  • Setting up for this course.

SAS Macro Facility

  • Program flow.
  • Creating and using macro variables.

Storing and Processing Text

  • Macro functions.
  • Using SQL to create macro variables.
  • Using the DATA step to create macro variables.
  • Indirect references to macro variables.

Working with Macro Programs

  • Defining and calling a macro.
  • Macro variable scope.
  • Conditional processing.
  • Iterative processing.

Developing Macro Applications

  • Storing macros.
  • Generating data-dependent code.
  • Validating parameters and documenting macros.

When does class start/end?

Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am, and typically end at 5:00 pm.

Does the course schedule include a Lunchbreak?

Lunch is normally an hour long and begins at noon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice are available all day in the kitchen. Fruit, muffins and bagels are served each morning. There are numerous restaurants near each of our centers, and some popular ones are indicated on the Area Map in the Student Welcome Handbooks - these can be picked up in the lobby or requested from one of our ExitCertified staff.

How can someone reach me during class?

If someone should need to contact you while you are in class, please have them call the center telephone number and leave a message with the receptionist.

What languages are used to deliver training?

Most courses are conducted in English, unless otherwise specified. Some courses will have the word "FRENCH" marked in red beside the scheduled date(s) indicating the language of instruction.

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GTR stands for Guaranteed to Run; if you see a course with this status, it means this event is confirmed to run. View our GTR page to see our full list of Guaranteed to Run courses.

Does ExitCertified deliver group training?

Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.

Does ExitCertified deliver group training?

Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals, and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.

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As a vendor-authorized training partner, we offer a curriculum that our partners have vetted. We use the same course materials and facilitate the same labs as our vendor-delivered training. These courses are considered the gold standard and, as such, are priced accordingly.

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It depends on your requirements, your role in your company, and your depth of knowledge. The good news about many of our learning paths, you can start from the fundamentals to highly specialized training.

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We continuously work with our vendors to evaluate and refresh course material to reflect the latest training courses and best practices.

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ExitCertified instructors have an average of 27 years of practical IT experience. They have also served as consultants for an average of 15 years. To stay up to date, instructors will at least spend 25 percent of their time learning new emerging technologies and courses.

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We will work with you to identify training needs and areas of growth.  We offer a variety of training methods, such as private group training, on-site of your choice, and virtually. We provide courses and certifications that are aligned with your business goals.

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