Date: Thu, 14 Aug 1997 13:21:09 -0700
Reply-To: Donald Peter Cram <doncram@LELAND.STANFORD.EDU>
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From: Donald Peter Cram <doncram@LELAND.STANFORD.EDU>
Organization: Stanford University, CA 94305, USA
Subject: Re: SASTip: Finding unmatched quotes -Reply
In article <email@example.com>,
Bill Rising <KYPRO.brising@SDPS.ORG> wrote:
>Not to be cynical, but this sounds like early '80s debugging problem. Aren't
>there context-sensitive highlighting editors which can handle SAS code, so
>that the syntax error is clear for all to see? Aren't there hooks built into
>SAS to use an external editor if the editor which comes with SAS doesn't have
>this feature? If not, then I would think that this is a serious hinderance to
Exactly. The sas-mode for the emacs editor does the highlighting one
wants, at least on my unix x-windows color monitor. And assists with
indenting SAS code for readability etc.
Source for sas-mode below.
>From cook@Biostat.Wisc.Edu Mon Mar 3 13:08:45 1997
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 1997 15:09:43 -0600
From: Tom Cook <cook@Biostat.Wisc.Edu>
X-To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
I have (Finally!) placed a new version of sas-mode in my ftp directory.
(i.e. ftp://ftp.biostat.wisc.edu/pub/cook/sas-mode/sas.tar.gz). Sorry it
has taken so long. It uses font-lock-mode, has an electric-semi (stolen
>from Riggle's code) and some of the keybindings have changed.
It works well for code that I've used but I'm sure there are situations that
I haven't anticipated for which it will fail. Please try it and give me a
report. There are things (like do/end flashing) which I haven't gotten to.
If you wish to contribute code, please do so. I haven't had a lot of time
lately (obviously) for working on it, so all help will be appreciated.
Thanks for your patience.
>>>> Philip Mason <Phil@WOOD-ST.DEMON.CO.UK> August 12, 1997 5:15 >>>
>Often when coding long SAS programs you may get the following message:
>WARNING: The current word or quoted string has become more than 200
> characters long. You may have unbalanced quotation marks.
>To find the line with the missing quote you can do the following:
><1> edit your program, whether SCL or Base SAS
><2> enter the following on the command line
> f "'" all
><3> If the message states that there are an odd number of single quotes,
>then you know you are missing a single quote. Otherwise you are missing a
><4> Highlight half of the code and enter the appropriate FIND command on
>the command line. For single quote use
> f "'" all
>For double quote use
> f '"' all
><5> If you get an odd number returned then you know the missing quote is in
>your highlighted code. Otherwise it is in the un-highlighted code.
><6> Now repeat steps 4 & 5 until you have narrowed down the section of code
>to a few lines that can easily be analysed by eye to reveal where the
>missing quote should be put.
>* See my other tip on closing unmatched quotes.
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