If you've ever tried to figure out how to transform your SAS data set with some sort of PROC SQL step and were confounded on what to do after studying hundreds of niche, arcane solutions showcased in StackExchange, the SAS forums, or in a SUGI paper written by (well-intentioned) SAS Jedis, this is the book for you. The book is less about how certain functions work in SAS and more about how you can use them to turn you into an effective (and hopefully layoff-proof) SAS programmer at your job. Ever wonder the following: How you could write a program to find certain values in your data set? When might be a good time to call a MACRO function? How to email your output from SAS? Or how to read an XML file with SAS? All that and more is covered in this handy book. The book is easy to read and written as if Martha is right there with you in your soul-sucking cube as you scrounge together a program in the hopes of earning another 0.5% raise.
While the Little SAS Book is absolutely a must-have book for anyone who wants a reference book for all Base SAS functions, this is also a great addition to anyone who wants to learn more about how to make use of these functions for real-world situations. You'll save yourself some pain from trying to decipher all the niche SAS papers that are out there along with the effort of sifting through one-off, forum code help requests posted by some dude in India.