SAS Jedi in Paradise #2 - Speechless in San Francisco


Somewhere between RDU and SFO I realized that the tickle and cough I'd had the last couple of days wasn't really a reaction to the heavy pollen in the air in Cary, and instead was something a little more powerful. The good news is that I managed to keep my voice functional until the last few minutes of the DS2 and You pre-conference workshop presentation yesterday. The workshop was well attended, and lots of lively questions came in from the audience to keep me on my toes. By the opening session, I couldn't say a word except in whispers - and so it goes today. Fortunately, I'm just lab assistant for the hands-on workshops so someone else can do all the heavy talking. Regardless of the challenges, I'm having the time of my life :-) I guess you could say that SAS Global Forum has left me speechless in San Francisco (perhaps it should have been in Seattle this year ;-)

Until the next time, may the SAS be with you!


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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.


  1. Graham Rice on

    Hi Mark,

    I would be grateful if you could please post a link to your SAS Global Forum tutorial on DS2.


    • SAS Jedi
      Mark Jordan on

      Sure! You can find the materials at

      You should also consider joining the DS2 Coder's Corner community. This group is currently invitation only, but you can get an invitation from - just drop here an email letting her know that you want to join the DS2 Coder's Corner community and provide her your SAS Profile ID.

      Happy coding, and may the SAS be with you!

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