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About Ronald J. Fehd

Ronald J. Fehd has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Hawaii. He retired after 25 years from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). At the CDC, he was a data manager for 17 years and a SAS site representative for 8 years while he worked on the help desk as level 3 support for SAS software.

Ron is a peer on the international listserv SAS-L (screen name macro maven), to which he has contributed more than 6,000 messages since 1997. That was the year he began publishing in SAS user group conference proceedings. In 2001 and 2003, Ron was voted a Most Valuable SAS-L Contributor.

During his 15 years of publishing, Ron has written more than 40 papers and contributed over 400 pages to sasCommunity.org. His areas of expertise are batch processing, computer science theory, data review, list processing, macros, and testing.

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SAS Start-Up Options: A Programmer's Companion for Writing Configuration Files  book cover SAS Start-Up Options: A Programmer's Companion for Writing Configuration Files
By Ronald J. Fehd

SAS Start-Up Options: A Programmer's Companion for Writing Configuration Files is the perfect companion for the programmer who wants to work smart from the start. This handy book covers topics for intermediate to advanced SAS programmers who can benefit from a well-organized, easy to set up and maintain, SAS start-up. In addition to programmers, a major secondary audience is site administrators who do not need to be SAS users nor programmers. Many others will find this book extremely helpful, from programmers and site administrators to instructors, analysts, and report writers.

Three features of the book ensure a great start-up. First, the book provides an example of both the discipline and the techniques of modular programming. Second, it provides setups for access to the site toolbox and site monitoring of job logs, product usage, and job completion. Finally, it exemplifies how to use the site tools and provides a set of programs that use the site toolbox.

SAS start-up options can be assigned either on the command line or configuration files. Sets of SAS statements for all programs can be added by either of three options: automatic execution (autoexec), initial statement (initstmt), or terminating statement (termstmt). The text addresses how to set up folders that might be in a programmer's toolbox: folders for macros, folders for research, and folders for other programming utilities.

SAS programmers and those interested in becoming SAS programmers can both benefit greatly from this book. Although it was written for programmers, it also serves as an introduction to the level of proficiency necessary to become a professional SAS programmer. Work smart from the start with SAS Start-Up Options: A Programmer's Companion for Writing Configuration Files and get much more out of your SAS software experience.