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Chris Hemedinger

Director, SAS User Engagement

+Chris Hemedinger is the Director of SAS User Engagement, which includes our SAS Communities and SAS User Groups. 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


  1. Goal: To have SAS connect to an external web service (via username and p/w) and download data to be processed on a daily basis.

    Software: SAS 9.1.3 in UNIX with SAS Enterprise BI Server and Enterprise Guide.

    Backgroud: I'm new to SAS and wondering if you can indicate what keywords I should focus my reading or any other helpful guideance so I can create scripts to do this on a very short timeline.


  2. If you had SAS 9.2, I would point you to PROC SOAP and PROC HTTP.

    With SAS 9.1.3, you might be able to use FILENAME URL or FILENAME FTP to access data on the web. But if it's strictly through a web service, you might not be able to do this in a SAS program.

    Another approach: you could create a custom task for SAS Enterprise Guide 4.1 (using Microsoft .NET technologies) and connect to the web service that way, bringing the data into the SAS Enterprise Guide process where you could transform it into a SAS data set.


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