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Using Data Set Labels and Format Descriptions to Simplify Application Debugging

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Executive Summary

Hansel and Gretel left breadcrumbs as they wandered through the forest to leave themselves a trail back home. This paper will show simple ways to leave pointers for one's self in SAS data sets and SAS formats that will help one "Get back home" when one is trying to trace a problem back through various programs. The advantage of these pointers vs. breadcrumbs is that these pointers won't be eaten by birds.

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