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Date:   Wed, 10 Nov 2004 10:35:16 -0800
Reply-To:   cassell.david@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV
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From:   "David L. Cassell" <cassell.david@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV>
Subject:   Re: New SAS books
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"Dunn, Toby" <Toby.Dunn@TEA.STATE.TX.US> wrote: > Seems I won three new SAS books form the SCSUG conference: > > The Little SAS Book 3rd edt. > SAS functions by Example > and > Carpenters Complete guide to the SAS macro language > > After skinning and reading parts of each all are excellent books. Lots > to learn.

I agree. Anything written by Art Carpenter or Ron Cody is worth reading.

AND.. Ron's book has an entire chapter on Perl regular expressions (pronounced 'regexen') and the PRX functions that use them.

Yes. Regexen. Learn to speak like a geek. If the plural of 'ox' is 'oxen', what do you expect for the plural of 'regex'? (If you read in the Jargon File, you'll see that the 'jargon' plural of 'box' is 'boxen' and the plural of 'Vax' is 'Vaxen', so OF COURSE the plural of regex would be regexen! :-)

> Perhaps after the proc in a proc fiasco I soudl stik with The Little SAS > Book 3rd edt.

I'm sure Susan and Lora will be happy to hear that. :-)

Now that The Little SAS Book even introduces topics like macro programming, PROC REPORT, and ODS, it's not quite so 'little' anymore. I like it better than the earlier editions. But I may not be the target audience, so take my recommendation with an appropriately-sized chunk of salt.

David -- David Cassell, CSC Cassell.David@epa.gov Senior computing specialist mathematical statistician


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