"Listen up kids. This thing is called a 'punch card'."

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I was recently invited to address a group of high school students who are enrolled in a SAS programming course.

That's right -- I said high school students.

These students are part of the Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) at a local high school. The AOIT is part of the National Academy Foundation, a public-private partnership to create specialized "school-within-a-school" environments.

As a representative from SAS R&D, my job was to show the students the range of software that we develop and illustrate how people from all walks of life use it. My goal was to make them glad that they were learning SAS -- it's truly a useful life skill.

Since I help develop SAS Enterprise Guide, that was the first thing I showed to them. Their reaction was instant: jaws dropped, "oohs" and "aahs", and a hint of disappointment.

"What is it?" I asked. "Don't you use Enterprise Guide in your programming class?"

Nope. The instructor hides it from them on purpose because it would make their assignments "too easy."

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Chris Hemedinger

Senior Manager, SAS Online Communities

+Chris Hemedinger is the manager of SAS Online Communities. Since 1993, Chris has worked for SAS as an author, a software developer, an R&D manager and a consultant. Inexplicably, Chris is still coasting on the limited fame he earned as an author of SAS For Dummies.  He also hosts the SAS Tech Talk webcasts each year from SAS Global Forum, connecting viewers with smart people from SAS R&D and the impressive work that they do.

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