Creating a Table That Has Integrity Constraints

Overview

Integrity constraints are rules that you can specify in order to restrict the data values that can be stored for a column in a table. SAS enforces integrity constraints when values associated with a column are added, updated, or deleted. Integrity constraints help you preserve the validity and consistency of your data.
You can create integrity constraints by using either PROC SQL or PROC DATASETS. PROC DATASETS can assign constraints only to an existing table. PROC SQL can assign constraints either as it creates a new table or as it modifies an existing table. This chapter discusses the use of PROC SQL to Create integrity constraints while creating a table.
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