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by Super User
on ‎04-17-2015 04:42 AM

I'd even say the Query Builder in EG should detect the fact that a user moved the whole table over into the columns window by itself and only go to the individual listing of columns when an additional change is made (like applying a format or so).

by Super User
on ‎04-17-2015 05:50 AM

TBH the select * wildcard syntax is quite frowned upon from what I have seen.  Its a bit like saying you don't know what is in the table, or don't want to be bothered.  I know we all do it.  With most commerical SQL developments you shouldn't see this, and SQL builders do the same as you mention above, i.e. select all means put the variables in the step.  Its better to explicitly take certain data you want.  I don't actually see why the second piece of code is that difficult to work with?  At least if I look at that code, without knowing what you have done, I can see clearly that certain variables are taken.  Conversely, your suggestion to alleviate you having to update each select when you add another variable, also introduces the possibility of carrying forward errors.

by SAS Employee KatS_SAS
on ‎04-24-2015 02:03 PM

Thank you for the suggestion.  I have entered a suggestion into our system for Product Mangement.

by Super User
on ‎04-24-2015 03:40 PM

I know I'm not much of an SQL programmer but this logic seems to say that if I'm working in SAS that every datastep SET statement I use should have an explicit KEEP statement as well as a data set option KEEP for every procedure I run.

Would it be a wrong if there was a button/tool that inserted all of the variables into a select clause?

by Super User
on ‎04-24-2015 04:10 PM

There are reasons for it.  Anyways, the OP has a way to insert all the columns from his right click menu, what he is saying is that he doesn't want to update all the text that generates, my point comes from the other way, if you don't explicitly know what should come through then further code may stop working, e.g. first we have a val column, which in a subsequent step is used to sum.  With the first step selecting this variable then it will fall over there an be quite obvious why, if you have select *, it may not be picked up until a long way into further code.  Its a bit of a small thing if the SQL is small, but when there are many steps, merges etc. it can get tricky.

Just to add, I haven't really used the query builder, always looked a bit clunky to me.  Most SQL dev apps treat tables, variables like objects, you can grab variables, link things up quickly and easily that way without having to type much.  Don't know how close QB is to that?

by Community Manager
on ‎03-08-2017 01:58 PM
Status changed to: Under Consideration
 
by Learner AliceBrunel
on ‎04-03-2017 06:08 PM

then for the subsequent query all newly created variables would be selected by default and user won't have to go thru all query to add the new varaibles

by Community Manager
on ‎07-19-2017 04:13 PM

@AliceBrunel - we merged your similar idea in with this one, which has been marked Under Consideration

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