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Advanced Techniques for Reading Difficult and Unusual Flat Files

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Advanced Techniques for Reading Difficult and Unusual Flat Files

Kim Kolbe-Ritzow
Systems Seminar Consultants
Kalamazoo, MI

Abstract

This paper discusses the various tricks and techniques that can be used to read more difficult types of flat files, using the INPUT statement in a DATA Step. Topics discussed include:

  • reading multiple layout files,
  • strategies for reading hierarchical files,
  • advanced input pointers, and
  • the various uses of the SCAN, INDEX and INDEXC functions to assist in reading data.

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