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SAS Tip of the Month
March 2013
(for SAS and WPS)

This month is a short, but powerful tip.

The two common ways to comment out SAS code is to use either

   * SAS Code;
or
   /* SAS Code */

The /**/ method cannot be nested, i.e. a pair of '/**/' cannot be nested inside another '/**/'.

One way to get around this is to create a dummy macro that is not envoked within your code, for example:

   data test1;
      set test0;
      * Some SAS statements;
   run;

   %macro SKIP;
     * SAS Code;
   %mend SKIP;

   proc print data=test1;
   run;

The code inside the SKIP macro will not be run.

Have a safe and happy March.

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Updated March 01, 2013