I've run into a serious AF application management problem. I have an
application that I've been asked to repeatedly customize for various
customers. Now I have multiple versions of the same basic application, all
with minor differences. This is becoming a maintenance nightmare. When I
make a change in one application, I have to repeat the change, and repeat
the testing of the change, in every customers version.
I have a tools catalog containing all the truly generic code that can be
accessed by any application. That helps. I was hoping to use the new
CATNAME option for the AF command (v 6.12) to concatenate the main (or
standard) application catalog with catalogs containing only the modified
entries for each customer. That would have been the ideal solution, but the
CATNAME option doesn't work (SAS should be issuing a usage note about this
I find it hard to believe that nobody else is running into this problem.
But, I see no SUGI papers about it, and no threads on SAS-L, and SAS says
that I was the first person to discover the CATNAME bug. So, how are you
all managing customized versions of AF applications?
Thanks for any help!
Jerry Kagan - kaganj01@IMSINT.com
Yet another SAS Consultant