04-09-2012 09:58 AM
The dictionary tables are in library called DICTIONARY, a 9 letter libref, and as we know, SAS librefs are limited to 8 characters so the views are needed to get access to the dictionary tables in DATA and PROC steps. These views are in the SASHELP library. The Dictionary Tables are only accessible through PROC SQL whereas, the
views are accessible from any SAS proc or data step as well as the SAS explorer window.
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