SAS Jedi in Paradise #1

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It's hard to believe I'm heading out to SAS Global Forum for the first time as a SAS employee! Before coming to SAS, I had attended the SAS Users Group International annual conventions for several years running, and had even presented a couple of papers there. I remember the feeling of excitement building up before the conference, and the "geek in a technology store" feeling invoked by the information-rich environment and plethora of like-minded SAS users willing to share ideas. So my journey back begins in the Raleigh-Durham international airport (RDU), and I find myself eager to dive in once more.

The schedule is a bit daunting - after all, I AM 10 years older than the last time... Tonight I hope to make it to the SAS Twitterers TweetUp at the Marriott Marquis. Sunday afternoon, I'll be presenting a pre-conference workshop "What will DS2 do for You?". During the actual conference I'll be lab assistant for several of the hands-on workshops. And in between, I hope to attend several papers and perhaps even find time to tweet (@SASJedi) and/or blog about my experiences at my first SAS Global Forum. Perhaps I'll even see YOU there!

May the SAS be with you!
Mark

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SAS Jedi

Principal Technical Training Consultant

Mark Jordan (a.k.a. SAS Jedi) grew up in northeast Brazil as the son of Baptist missionaries. After 20 years as a US Navy submariner pursuing his passion for programming as a hobby, in 1994 he retired, turned his hobby into a dream job, and has been a SAS programmer ever since. Mark writes and teaches a broad spectrum of SAS programming classes, and his book, "Mastering the SAS® DS2 Procedure: Advanced Data Wrangling Techniques" is in its second edition. When he isn’t writing, teaching, or posting “Jedi SAS Tricks”, Mark enjoys playing with his grand and great-grandchildren, hanging out at the beach, and reading science fiction novels. His secret obsession is flying toys – kites, rockets, drones – and though he usually tries to convince Lori that they are for the grandkids, she isn't buying it. Mark lives in historic Williamsburg, VA with his wife, Lori, and Stella, their cat. To connect with Mark, check out his SAS Press Author page, follow him on Twitter @SASJedi or connect on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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    • SAS Jedi

      The #SASGF2013 #TweetUp was awesome! Thanks a bunch for hosting. And at least my voice held out until the end of my DS2 and You workshop :-) Now I'm #speechlessinsanfrancisco.
      Mark

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