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Like many long-standing SAS users and Data Step programmers, the author avoided learning Proc SQL for many years. After making the decision to take the plunge and add Proc SQL to the authors toolkit of techniques, the author went overboard and began using Proc SQL for everything. This paper describes the authors approach to choosing between Proc SQL and the Data Step for particular tasks. This paper is appropriate for beginning SAS users who have a basic understanding of the Data Step and Proc SQL.
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