Susan Slaughter

SAS Global Forum 2015 Here I Come!

In Everything, SAS, SAS Global Forum, SAS Papers on March 12, 2014 at 8:55 am

I first attended SAS Global Forum (then called SAS Users Group International) way back in 1987.  Since then I have attended as often as possible.  Unfortunately, 2014 is not one of my years.  I will not be there in Washington DC March 23-26, 2014 to hear the great presentations, or learn about exciting new features from developers in the Demo Room, or see the many friends I have made over the years.  You can be sure that when March 23 comes, I’ll be hanging out in front of my computer to catch the Opening Session and any other live-streamed events I can glean.

Since I can’t be there this year, I’m already looking ahead.  I plan to be in Dallas next year for SGF April 26-29, 2015.  I might even make a presentation or two. I’m already trying to figure out possible topics for a paper or panel.  So I was intrigued when I heard a segment on the public radio program Marketplace about this very issue.  They have developed a Panel Generator to invent promising session topics for you.  Here’s the link.  Just click the Pick a Panel button, and they will create an original topic just for you.

Here are a few I’m considering:

Programmers Are Dead, Long Live Programmers

The Path to Freelancing: Innovation Sauce

Data Is Dead, Long Live Data [sic]

7 Things Coders Need to Know About Maximizing

Infographics Are Dead, Long Live Infographics

Your Profile is Your Brand

Coders as Employers: The Big Shift from Interaction

How to Redesign Developers with Artisanal Selfies

From Incubators to the Digital Divide: An Introduction to Success

Let me know if you’d like to hear me talk about any of these topics at SGF 2015, and I’ll try to figure out what they are.

NOWINDOWS Goes Out the Window

In Everything, Little SAS Book Series, SAS, SAS Global Forum on February 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm

I just discovered by accident a new “feature” in SAS 9.4, one that apparently wasn’t glamorous enough to be mentioned back at SAS Global Forum last spring.

Starting with SAS 9.4, by default, PROC REPORT runs in noninteractive mode.

In other words, you no longer have to specify the NOWINDOW option in order to avoid that clunky interactive REPORT window.  If you are one of the half dozen people who actually want that window, you can still open it by specifying the WINDOWS option on the PROC REPORT statement.  (Be sure you type that S because it’s WINDOWS not WINDOW.)  But since I have always detested the REPORT window, you won’t find me doing that.  So you would think I would be happy.  Instead, this change leaves me feeling conflicted and confused.

This is the kind of change that makes programmers cheer—and technical writers cringe! 

Why, oh why, couldn’t the good developers at SAS have defenestrated the REPORT window back with SAS 9.3 so that we could have incorporated this change into the newest edition of The Little SAS Book?  Arrrrg!  The Fifth Edition is only one year old and already obsolete—though fortunately only slightly so.

If you want more information, you can find this change documented in the What’s New in Base SAS 9.4 Procedures Guide.

2013 in review

In Detritus, Everything, Little SAS Book Series, SAS Global Forum on December 31, 2013 at 10:54 am

I am certainly not one to decline when someone offers to write a blog entry for me. Here, courtesy of the stats monkeys at WordPress is the annual report for the AvocetSolutions.com blog:

And here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2013. (Yes, that’s more than I expected too.) If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

To all my colleagues and friends

I send best wishes for a

Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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