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Code: Keeping Code in the Trunk

Submitted by on December 16, 2012 – 10:02 am 4 Comments

Last week while searching for a code snippet through several folders of information, I realized that the code was still on my old computer … ugh! One of my weekend projects was to organize my code examples somewhere –  I’m going to try Evernote, which I have been using to organize other items.

Easy to Organize and Find Code

Evernote uses a concept of notebooks – which allows you to organize similar information. I placed the code in a new notebook called “Code Snippets” and then tagged each entry with one of two tags: SAS BI Related and Code Example.  However, sometimes I want to find code and I’m not sure how it might be tagged. So, I just type a keyword, such as “pass” and see all entries related to the topic.

Using Evernote with SAS Code

Easy to Keep It Updated

Evernote also offers a Web Clipper feature – so if I see a SAS Global Forum paper or a piece of code that I want to remember – I simply clip the URL and place it in my notebook with a few keywords so it is easier to find later.

Share It with Others

You can also share your notebooks with others and even allow them to modify and add code.


What is Your Secret?

Do you have a favorite way to store code that you use often? How do you keep it organized? Have you figured out any strategies that might help others?

Note: After evaluating several organizers –Evernote was the software that I selected. Evernote has a free (ad-based) service and a paid service costing around $45/year.   I was not paid for this blog post.

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Tricia Aanderud

SAS Consultant at Zencos
Tricia Aanderud is a SAS Business Intelligence and Visual Analytics consultant based in Raleigh, NC who works for Zencos Consulting. She has written several books about SAS, presented papers at many SAS conferences, and has over 10 years of SAS programming experience. Contact her for assistance with your next project.