My new favorite typeface for programming is Consolas, a font designed for use with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. I use it there, but I now also use it for SAS programming. It uses ClearType technology, so the "crisp and clean" benefits kick in only when you have ClearType smoothing enabled.
A colleague asked me to run a certain SAS program and then try to view the output in SAS Enterprise Guide. The output contained an SQL VIEW, and darn it, the application refused to open it, reporting only that the data "could not be opened." There was nothing wrong with
A new book brings into pop culture a concept that we've already known for years: that is, governments and corporations use data mining and analysis to influence our lives in major and minor ways. While Super Crunchers author Ian Ayres might not mention SAS by name (actually, I don't know
My new license plate arrived the other day, embossed with my personalized tag of "SASDUMMY". I used the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles web site to help select the plate and verify that this tag was available. Apparently there aren't many self-deprecating SAS programmers roaming around I-40. If you
It was about eight months ago that I wrote the first draft of "Setting It All Up", Chapter 15 of SAS for Dummies. There is some pressure to be clever when organizing these chapters for a Dummies book, and to be creative when crafting section headings and figure captions. Our
This January 2007 report from eWeek states that specialized skill shortages will swell IT salaries. According to that article, "demand in the software development area will include Business Objects, Java, [Microsoft] developers, SAS programmers and systems architects." (Bold added by me.) I guess their crystal ball is pretty good, because
Let's say you use SAS Report format, the latest tagset supported by ODS. After all, it's the lingua franca of SAS BI applications, since it's also used by SAS Web Report Studio, SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office, and SAS Enterprise Guide. You've discovered how to use the report builder in
In the SAS BI-ogsource, Angela posts some sample SAS code for updating library definitions using the METALIB procedure. SAS Enterprise Guide users can make use of a friendlier interface to do the same job. Now available for download, the Update Library Metadata task plugs right into SAS Enterprise Guide and
The SAS OnDemand for Academics offering has brought to light some tremendous resources for learning SAS, and you don't have to be a professor or student to take advantage of them. One such resource is the SAS Online Resources for Statistics Education. If you've wondered how to start using SAS
When Alison Bolen asked if I would consider hosting my own blog, as a "spin-off" from her informative sascom voices blog, I didn't hesitate. Spin-offs have a rich heritage in our media culture, and I am superpleased to be a Mork and Mindy to her Happy Days. (I would rather
SAS has a rich heritage in academia, and we know that lots of colleges (and even some high schools) use SAS to teach students statistics and research methods. Now SAS (the company) has made it easier for professors to offer courses that use SAS. This fall, SAS offers the SAS
Rhesus monkeys can figure out basic probabilities, according to this study. Now I suppose that given enough monkeys and time, they might even replace your forecasting department. But I wouldn't worry. They haven't even managed to come up with the works of Shakespeare yet.