I taught my first SAS Enterprise Guide course more than 10 years ago using version 1.2. At that time, I would estimate 95% of my students did not know how to write SAS code and had no desire to learn the syntax! They just wanted to take advantage of the great point-and-click features to query and summarize their data. But over the years, I have watched a significant shift occur… More and more experienced SAS programmers are converting to Enterprise Guide as their primary programming interface. The good news is Enterprise Guide is actually designed to fulfill the needs of both types of users – those who think the DATA step is one of man’s greatest creations, and those who have no clue what the significance of the semi-colon is in a SAS program.
I like to ask SAS programmers attending my classes, “Do you use Enterprise Guide?” I will often hear, “Oh, I write my own code, so I don’t need to use Enterprise Guide.” A common misconception is that Enterprise Guide is strictly for point-and-click users who need to have code generated for them. Although that is an extremely powerful (and very cool) part of the software, many SAS programmers are truly missing out on some of the amazing features included in the Enterprise Guide programming editor. Significant effort has been devoted by developers in Enterprise Guide 4.3 to facilitate the work of our beloved programmers through the addition of some really modern and useful features. This short video demonstrates the Enterprise Guide program editor and some of its unique functionality.