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Date:         Fri, 13 Jun 2003 11:25:47 -0500
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Puddin' Man <pudding_man@LYCOS.COM>
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Subject:      "Macro Compilation": was  /parmbuff
Comments: To: "Fehd, Ronald J. (PHPPO)" <rjf2@CDC.GOV>
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Re: "Macro Compilation": was

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DATE: Mon, 9 Jun 2003 08:37:52 From: "Fehd, Ronald J. (PHPPO)" <rjf2@CDC.GOV> To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Cc:

>> From: Roland [mailto:roland@RASHLEIGH-BERRY.FSNET.CO.UK] >> Is /parmbuff used much anywhere? I would think it would be >> handy where a macro string might contain commas and equals >> signs. > >the archives show Greg Barnes Nelson >posted the combo and permute macros back in 1996 >this is the most interesting usage of parmbuff >that I have encountered over the years: >parsing the parameter list for undeclared parameters > >Like recursive macro calls, >good for testing your understanding of computer language theory >and how the macro language has been implemented >-- remember: macro language is interpreted, >not compiled like SAS --


As you know, the sas-l archives, the Onlinedoc, etc, are full of references to "macro compilation" and the like.

Lest some readers (even po' me) might be confused, perhaps you could elaborate as to the following:

1.) What components of the macro language are interpreted.

2.) What components (if any?) of the macro language are compiled. <g>

"Forgive me, Father, for I could not resist the temptation of asking ..." :-)

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Skoal, Puddin'

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