With your fingers poised over the keyboard and staring lovingly into the program editor, your mind goes blank. Panic sets in. Oh no. What's the name of the statement I need ? Oh right. The ODS Select statement. Maybe.
Lots and lots of SAS users write SAS programs every day, so I'm betting that all of us have experienced a situation like this. Let SAS Documentation help you avoid your next syntax panic attack. Use the newly launched SAS 9.3 Syntax Index.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Go to the index.
- Start typing the name of language element for which you need help in the entry field in the left column. Notice that as you type more letters, the list box under the entry field continuously changes. This feature is really helpful when you have an idea of the element name, but you can't quite remember exactly what it is.
- Select an item from the display box. Notice that all kinds of great information now appears on the right. You can get lots of information that will spark your memory and help you quickly get back to the program editor and complete that project. Panic avoided.
- Or, you can learn more about the procedure, statement or option by selecting Open this book to this page, which appears right under the page title. You are now in the book where this item in found. You can continue your research by paging through the complete book.
To get more help with SAS syntax, read the post Drilling Is Not Required.