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SAS author’s tip: SQL pass-through

Consultant Frederick Pratter continues his winning streak with this third edition of Web Development with SAS by Example. Web programmers of all levels will appreciate Frederick's many real-world examples and clean delivery. Speaking of delivery, I'd encourage those of you who attend SAS Global Forum and regional user group conferences to seek out Frederick if

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SAS author’s tip: using the NOSTAT option in charts

Sandra Schlotzhauer's book Elementary Statistics Using SAS has been described by SAS Press as "bridging the gap between statistics texts and SAS documentation." It's packed with a wealth of useful and easy-to-follow information. In opening up the book to select this week's tip, it was difficult deciding on just one excerpt. After looking

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SAS author's tip: generating a dagger

This week's featured tip is from master SAS user Art Carpenter and his classic book Carpenter's Complete Guide to the SAS REPORT Procedure. In his review for the book, Rick Mitchell-senior systems analyst at Westat-said "I am green with envy for the newest generation of SAS programmers because I wish that I had had this book in

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What’s behind our orange covers

It’s bold, autumnal, and adorns team uniforms, frozen desserts, and hair. Wherever orange is used, it makes a statement.  With changing leaves and Halloween approaching, it’s appropriate to call attention to fall colors and covers. For this post, I rounded up all of the orange SAS book titles that I

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SAS author’s tip: using the Options window in SAS Enterprise Guide

Super authors Susan Slaughter and Lora Delwiche and their bestselling Little SAS Book series have empowered the user community for years. This dynamic duo has uncannily anticipated what SAS users need to know. And they've produced thoughtful and accessible books with remarkable speed. One of their most recent books The Little SAS Book for Enterprise Guide 4.2 provides

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An editor's experience at WUSS

I had the pleasure of attending the Western Users of SAS Software (WUSS) conference last week in San Francisco, and I am amazed at the energy and enthusiasm for all things SAS at the regional user group conferences. It’s truly an exciting and energizing three days where you can learn

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Are you curious about George McDaniel?

He’s quick-witted, fit, and skilled with the written word, but there are many layers to SAS Press acquisitions editor George McDaniel. And George’s colleagues have taken the liberty of revealing some unique qualities of this multi-talented man. George's SAS Press superlative is: a) most likely to develop a conspiracy theory.

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Ron Cody is giving me homework

On the SAS Dummy blog, I often receive questions that smack of homework assignments. After all, SAS programming is taught in universities (and even high schools) around the world. So I didn't consider it unusual when I received this question recently: Write a short DATA _NULL_ step to determine the

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SAS author's tip: macro functions %EVAL and %SYSEVALF

One of of my favorite reviewer quotes about Michele Burlew's book SAS Macro Programming Made Easy, Second Edition is" [ It ] helps eliminate the 'fear factor' often associated with using macros, while offering valuable insight to programmers with a broad range of experience." --Suson vonLehmden, RTI International I've worked with Michele Burlew

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SAS author's tip: views in PROC SQL

This week's SAS author's tip is perfect for SAS programmers using PROC SQL. Author Howard Schreier is a member of the SAS-L Hall of Fame, an independent consultant and trainer, and has been using SAS since 1981. His book PROC SQL by Example: Using SQL within SAS is also an

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SAS author's tip: write positively

Do you need help communicating more effectively with an international audience? Whether you blog, edit newsletters or technical material, tweet, or send internal notes to global colleagues, this week's SAS author's tip is likely to be of great assistance. SAS Press author John Kohl is an amazing linguistic engineer, technical writer, and  technical editor

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Random acts of kindness

 Biked to the train station this morning…felt the wind, watched trees waving in the breeze…flew past Highway 403 with trucks whizzing by…felt noble about being environmentally conscious…took the side path to the station…slowed to a halt beside the bike parking lot…opened my backpack to take out the key to lock

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The wild, wild West of SAS Press

You’ve gotten to know Stacey Hamilton; now it’s time to learn more about SAS Press acquisitions editor John West! John  West typically works on programming and statistics titles and has been with SAS Publishing for 22 years: He started at SAS as a proofreader, then moved into technical editing where

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SAS author's tip: useful PROC CORR options

 This week's SAS author's tip comes from a large green book that many of you are familiar with: A Step-by-Step Approach to Using SAS for Univariate & Multivariate Statistics, Second Edition by Norm O'Rourke, Larry Hatcher, and Edward J. Stepanski. Despite its massive size, this isn't an intimidating text. The authors ease you

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No tutus just Twitter

This morning I’m having flashbacks about tutus and ballet recitals, high school musicals, local pre-dawn television interviews, and live SAS Press webinars. However, this time the butterflies have mostly migrated, there are no fun costumes, and I’m going to be seated behind my desk. And, most importantly, I’m feeling confident

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