Around the country and in my neighborhood, kids everywhere have returned to school. We’ve made it through the back-to-school ads in our newspapers, social media, and on TV. Our pocket books are lighter now (and credit cards heavier) with all the spending on school supplies and the very important back-to-school wardrobe. With our slow economy worldwide, many adults find themselves a part of the "back-to-school" movement as well.
I’ve always known (as a Mom) that learning begins on a mother's (or father's) lap. The best way to learn is by example. There are many individual preferences to learning. But most of us learn best by example; practice; repetition; exercise; and training.
My favorite SAS examples books are Ron Cody’s: Learning SAS by Example: A Programmer’s Guide, SAS Functions by Example, Second Edition, and SAS Statistics by Example. And no list of learning SAS books would be complete without The Little SAS Book: A Primer by Lora Delwiche and Susan Slaughter (fifth edition due out mid-fall) which contains examples and graphics.
At user conferences, SAS provides customer surveys asking what you want us to include in books. We often get the feedback, "more examples". In addition to our books, did you know there are many examples located online? Check out the data step examples and the Graphics Samples Output Gallery located on our Web site. On the the right of the Graphics Gallery, there are also examples for selected industries (Clinical Macros, Financial, and Health and Life Sciences).
Learning by example provides students and professionals with a quick and easy way to learn fundamental concepts about SAS. An old proverb says, "The road to learning by precept is long, but by example short and effective". Happy learning!