SAS Nerd alert!


Being a nerd, which is to say going too far and caring too much about a subject, is the best way to make friends I know. - Sarah Vowell

I recently read A Short Illustrated History of the Nerd and it got me thinking: am I a SAS nerd?


Some people might think that's far enough -- that I've achieved SAS nerd-vana. But frankly, I don't think I'm even close. I can think of several ways that I fall short of the mark.

  • I don't remember SAS version 5 (before my time).
  • I've never had to use punch cards to submit my program.
  • I don't use SAS to send e-mail messages to friends (yes, you can do that).
  • I didn't name any pets after a SAS procedure ("Here Glimmix! Good boy!"). (But I did use SAS to help name my children.)
  • I've never composed a Christmas letter that included a SAS macro reference (although if I did, it might look something like "%let peace='on Earth';")

I've attended many SAS conferences, and I've met some very enthusiastic SAS users. I wouldn't call any of them a "SAS nerd" (at least not in person, though if I did it would be with the utmost respect and affection). I'd guess that many of them might be proud to adopt the title, and I would not deny them that prestige.

As for me, I'll let others be the judge of my nerdiness.


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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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