Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 15:55:16 -0400
Reply-To: "Fehd, Ronald J. (PHPPO)" <rjf2@CDC.GOV>
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From: "Fehd, Ronald J. (PHPPO)" <rjf2@CDC.GOV>
Subject: Re: Old Macro Code (maybe V5)
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my macro experience doesn't go back quite as far
as my SAS experience
so read the .sig carefully
A little birdie tweets thusly:
There will Beano disallowance of old-style macros
for these simple factoids:
* Why provide an option to turn off what you don't know is on?
(mild translation: 'is no longer thoroughly documented'
except on the World's Greatest SAS language user group list)
* It would cost more, to us, and eventually to you
(read: increase licensing fee)
to check whether you're using something that nobody has read about
than it does now for us to see whether you are in fact
using something that you don't know how to maintain.
* see Number 1 and 2, reworded to emphasize the fact
that giving us the option to turn off what we didn't know we had
might break something -- read: our programs -- that
of course, TechSupport would not be able to provide
assistance for, since it's not 'there'.
To paraphrase the old quote:
"If it ain't documented, we don't fix it."
Oh, that one goes in the quote file, for sure. ;-)
Ron Fehd the modern macro maven CDC Atlanta GA USA RJF2@cdc.gov
If you think I know what I'm doing
it's probably because you know even less about it.
-- Pot-Shots by Ashleigh Brilliant