SAS Jedi
Principal Technical Training Consultant

Mark Jordan (a.k.a. SAS Jedi) grew up in northeast Brazil as the son of Baptist missionaries. He served 20 years as a US Navy submariner, pursuing his passion for programming as a hobby. Upon retiring from the Navy in 1994, he turned his hobby into a dream job and has been a SAS programmer ever since.

Mark writes and teaches a broad spectrum of SAS Foundation programming classes, and is proud to announce his first book, “Mastering the SAS® DS2 Procedure: Advanced Data Wrangling Techniques”.

When he isn’t writing, teaching, or posting “Jedi SAS Tricks” here on the SAS Learning Post, 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 Toano, VA with his wife, Lori, and their cat, the amazing Tiger Man. 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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Jedi SAS Tricks: Free SAS Training (if you're quick)

*** UPDATE 10/11/11: All available seats for the test teach are full, enrollment is closed. The response was awesome - thank you! *** You may be wondering why I've been so quiet lately.  The answer is - I've been busy building SAS' first instructor based asynchronous training class!  Our new "SAS® SQL2:

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Jedi SAS Tricks: Macro Q functions

James Bond: “Give me the old fashioned target range, Quartermaster. “ Q: “Yes, well, it's called the future, so get used to it.” In James Bond movies, it's Q's job to disguise wickedly effective technology as seemingly innocuous everyday objects. The power of those seemingly everyday objects, revealed at just

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Jedi SAS Tricks: Email from the Front – Part 2

In my last blog post, I discussed how to use SAS options to send unattended email using an SMTP server. In this segment, I’ll tackle creating “pretty” email (using HTML) and sending out emails with attachments. First, I produced a basic report using ODS. I liked the look, and set

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Jedi SAS Tricks: Email from the Front - Part 1

I’m responsible for a SAS program that runs nightly in batch on a Linux server here at SAS. I am also a road warrior, and routine status checking via a remote connection is often tricky, and sometimes impossible due to unstable hotel internet connections. So I thought “Why can’t SAS just