Managing PROC SQL Views

Guidelines for Using PROC SQL Views

When you are working with PROC SQL views, it is best to follow these guidelines:
  • Avoid using an ORDER BY clause in a view definition, which causes the data to be sorted every time the view is executed. Users of the view might differ in how or whether they want the data to be sorted, so it is more efficient to specify an ORDER BY clause in a query that references the view.
  • If the same data is used many times in one program or in multiple programs, it is more efficient to create a table rather than a view because the data must be accessed at each view reference. (This table can be a temporary table in the Work library.)
  • Avoid creating views that are based on tables whose ...

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