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Date:         Thu, 16 Oct 2008 18:15:09 -0400
Reply-To:     Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET>
Subject:      Re: Differences between Symbols or Mnemonic names
Comments: To: Ron Fehd <rjf2@CDC.GOV>

Ron,

I agree with what you said, but not with your examples. Last time I checked, one can not use the mnemonics for assignments, thus 2 of your four suggestions wouldn't work.

Yes, it definitely DOES feel like Friday!

Art --------- On Thu, 16 Oct 2008 17:01:50 -0400, Fehd, Ronald J. (CDC/CCHIS/NCPHI) <rjf2@CDC.GOV> wrote:

>> From: Lou >> Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2008 11:58 AM >> To: sas-l@uga.edu >> Subject: Re: Differences between Symbols or Mnemonic names >> >> "Kevin Y" <kevin77711@YAHOO.COM> wrote in message >> news:156370.55659.qm@web59607.mail.ac4.yahoo.com... >> > SAS Programmers use Symbols (i.e., =93>=94) or Mnemonic names (i.e., >> > =93gt= >> > =94). However, more people use Mnemonic names than Symbols. >> Are there any >> > m= >> > inor differences between Symbols or Mnemonic names, please?=0A=0A=0A >> >> My impression over the years is that more people use the >> symbols than the >> mnemonics. I prefer the symbols because they generally more >> nearly mimic >> what you'd write if you were using a pencil and paper. > >$0.02: >from another perspective >I always use the mnemonics because >that clues the reader that you are writing a >logical expression rather than an assignment statement > >take your pick > >if X eq 'X' then y = z; > >if X = 'X' then y = z; > >if X = 'X' then y eq z; > >if X eq 'X' then y eq z; > >tomorrow is Friday, >just getting a running start. ;-) > >Ron Fehd the mostly logical(ly) maven CDC Atlanta GA USA RJF2 at cdc >dot gov


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