Date: Fri, 1 Mar 1996 14:53:20 -0500
Reply-To: GERALD ZUCKIER <ZUCKIER@CHIME.ORG>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From: GERALD ZUCKIER <ZUCKIER@CHIME.ORG>
Subject: Re: Using the Maximum value of a variable
Well, at the risk of repeating a mantra oft heard on adjoining threads, the SQL
code may not necessarily be more efficient, or even as efficient; but it is
instantly understandable, probably even by people who don't know SQL very well.
Whereas the DATA step solutions require at least a minimal effort to understand,
even by SASaholics; particularly the more arcane hyperefficient formulations.
And unless you're really in need of every last bit of runtime efficiency, I
think the maintainability would make the difference.