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.
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!
In Everything, SAS, SAS Papers, Western Users of SAS Software on October 11, 2013 at 10:47 am
In a few weeks I will serve as moderator at Western Users of SAS Software 2013 for:
SAS in the Cloud: A Panel Discussion
Panelists: Rebecca Ottesen, AnnMaria DeMars, Tyler Smith and Amy Peters
Abstract: Over the last decade, SAS Institute has been quietly developing cloud computing products. Now several options are available for SAS users via SAS OnDemand for Academics, SAS OnDemand for Professionals, and SAS Visual Analytics. These products enable you to run SAS over the Internet using a thin client such as a Web browser, SAS Enterprise Guide, or a mobile app. Come hear a panel of experts discuss the who, what, where and how of using SAS in the Cloud.
If you are at the conference, I hope you will attend our presentation Thursday November 14, 2013 9:00-9:50am. (Note that this is 30 min. later than originally scheduled.) If you cannot make it or you would like to learn more about SAS and Cloud computing, then check out these links to good resources that are—very appropriately—available on the Web:
PowerPoint slides from the panel discussion
General discussion of cloud computing
SAS OnDemand for Academics
SAS OnDemand for Professionals
Video about SAS OnDemand for Professionals
SAS Visual Analytics 6.2: Video Library
Article about SAS and the Cloud, thanks to Tricia Aanderud for sharing this link
SAS document about Cloud computing and link to white paper
Cloud facts, thanks again to Tricia Aanderud for this link