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%setdates macro - generates SAS date macro variables in multi-formats

Started ‎02-18-2022 by
Modified ‎02-18-2022 by
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See attached macro, which generates a large number of SAS global macro variables containing (day,wk,month,qtr,year) dates of differing formats (e.g. monyy7). Values are generated relative to current date i.e. day0=today, day1=yesterday, mon0=this month, mon1=last month, etc.




%put &mon1_start_date9;


resolves to 01JAN2022 (1st of previous month if current month is Feb2022) and:


%put &mon1_start_date9q;

resolves to '01JAN2022' (the above value in single quotes - useful for pass-thru SQL queries.


Can be overridden using:




This is useful for program testing back and forward in time.


Particularly useful when added to the SAS root macro folder and invoked on any SAS session execution. Allows for standardisation across installations with hundreds of users.


sysdt macro values always refer to system date (not reference date).







Having standardised, predictable, meaningful macro variables names is useful in a number of ways:


1) Looping around dates (see %tmp macro below).

2) Also using for e.g. &mon1_yyyy (which is the yyyy year of the previous month) means not having to write logic to cater for year changes when performing a Dec21 run in Jan22. 

3) Avoids users creating (and referencing macro variables with personal preference naming convention like 'mydate' which has little meaning.

4) Avoids sometimes convoluted date mathematics to get basic date parameters. When reading someone else's code this has to be first deconstructed to understand meaning.


%macro tmp;
    %do i=1 %to 10;
    %put &&mon&i._yyyymm;



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