Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2008 08:20:23 -0400
Reply-To: Jack Clark <jclark@HILLTOP.UMBC.EDU>
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From: Jack Clark <jclark@HILLTOP.UMBC.EDU>
Subject: Always ending macro variables with a dot (was tip: Macro Design
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I am interested in hearing more user's views on whether it is good
practice to always end macro variables with a dot (.). I attended Ron
Fehd's presentation at NESUG 2007 and he suggested always ending macro
variables with a dot (.). Now another expert on SAS-l (Don Henderson)
has suggested the opposite.
Don - can you give some examples where an unnecessary dot at the end of
a macro variable could cause problems?
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From: SAS(r) Discussion [mailto:SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Don
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 7:21 AM
Subject: Re: tip: Macro Design Checklist
I have to (pretty emphatically) disagree with you on your comment below.
rationale can be found at:
By discussing this on the Talk page, a concensus can be reached and the
article can be updated as appropriate to present a balanced view of the
I commented as well on the convention to always end a macro variable
reference with a dot (.) - a convention that I find to not be a good