PROC SQL: Beyond the Basics Using SAS Reviews

"PROC SQL: Beyond the Basics Using SAS by Kirk Lafler is extremely well written, thorough, and thoughtfully organized. Filled with valuable information including an excellent section on what views are and how to exploit them in your SAS application development, Kirk's book also features numerous examples that are easy to understand and follow such as use of the INTO clause, when to use Indexes, and more.

I strongly recommend that SAS users--from SQL beginners to advanced--acquire Kirk Lafler's new book and read it from cover to cover."

Charles Patridge
Deloitte Consulting

"Kirk Paul Lafler has been well known in the SAS community for some time, and this book illustrates why SAS users think so highly of him. PROC SQL: Beyond the Basics Using SAS provides wonderful examples of what SAS SQL code can accomplish in a way that is easy to understand. The book is also helpful when searching for ways to use SQL more efficiently and is a great comprehensive resource for those looking for new tips and techniques on PROC SQL. Whether you're someone who knows the bare basics of SQL or a more experienced SQL programmer, you should keep this book within close reach. "

Beth Newsom
Kaiser Permanente, Colorado Region

"PROC SQL: Beyond the Basics Using SAS is a wonderful and much needed addition to the Books by Users library. Although well-written, introductory texts for ANSI-standard SQL exist, this is the first book written for SAS PROC SQL that really steps through the procedure step by step with readable examples and explanations written in plain English. New PROC SQL users can teach themselves the procedure by reading the book chapter by chapter, and more advanced users can skip to the chapters they want. For example, even a very seasoned user will find gems in Chapter 7 -- 'Coding Complex Queries'.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who uses or plans to use PROC SQL!"

Miriam Cisternas
Ovation Research Group

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