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statement summary / cheatsheet

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statement summary / cheatsheet

Experts:

Do you have suggestions for beginners on how to remember where a statement could (or should not) be used? I have no trouble following along the beginning level SAS training courses which cover some basic statements. But when I write the codes by myself, I often forget that I can not use drop / keep statements in Proc steps or I could not use class statement in Proc print.

I know if I look up each statement, Help explains where it is valid at a high level but I'm hoping for some sort of summary for commonly used statements or any tips on how to remember the details.

Thank you!
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Re: statement summary / cheatsheet

While not a cheat sheet, either Rick Aster's Professional SAS Programmers Pocket Reference
http://www.amazon.com/Professional-SAS-Programmers-Pocket-Reference/dp/1891957120
or Slaughter and Delwiche's The Little SAS Book: Primer, 4th Edition
https://support.sas.com/pubscat/bookdetails.jsp?pc=61860
might be helpful.
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Re: statement summary / cheatsheet

Thank you. Please let me know if you also have recommendations on SAS books that provide some exercises. I'm hoping doing enough homework (practice questions) will also help me to learn (including remembering the details :-).
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Re: statement summary / cheatsheet

Start with the SAS.COM eLearn website at link http://support.sas.com/training/elearn/.

Also, the book I have seen recommended is "The Little SAS Book: A Primer, fourth edition."

Scott Barry
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Re: statement summary / cheatsheet

Thank you. I've completed the programming I and II. They are great courses, esp. the online ones that let users (e.g. the slow learners like me) re-take the courses. I'll check out the new version of the little SAS book to see if there are more practice questions there. People learn differently. Some of us could use a bit more homework.
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Re: statement summary / cheatsheet

Ron Cody has several very good books on programming examples as well as workbooks with problems and exercises. Go to the SASPress catalog and search for Author=Cody;
https://support.sas.com/pubscat/complete.jsp
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Re: statement summary / cheatsheet

Thank you. I will start with the SAS Programming by Example book.
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