My blog and forums are open for business in their new premises!

On 28 March 2017 I completed the migration of my blog and forums to a new server. You will not have to do anything different to access the new server, as it is all managed transparently by my router.

The new environment is protected by an uninterruptible power supply, and has an increase in its available disk space. I’m hoping that the chance of future interruptions has been dramatically reduced.

Alongside the blog are 2 forums where you can ask questions:

(1) The SAS Skills Discussion Forum is included when you register for the Free membership, and is where you can ask questions about SAS skills, but not SAS coding problems.

(2) The SAS Programming Forum, which has a very small subscription cost, is where you can ask SAS coding questions, including those from homework and interviews. This forum also includes a growing SAS course in the form of small topics. There are currently 3 main sections to the SAS course: Data Steps, PROC SQL and macros, but more are being developed.

My published Training Course list is for companies, the SAS course is for individuals

I published a list of available training courses for 2017 in January this year, but this course list is actually intended for companies, and not for individuals, as the courses have a fixed price no matter how many people attend them. All the training materials are personalised and supplied in digital form, and so can be duplicated for that client to re-use internally.

Individuals looking for SAS training should subscribe to the SAS course in the SAS Programming Forum instead, which is specifically targeted at individual SAS learners and programmers, and is priced as a low-cost monthly subscription. However, the SAS Programming Forum is not just there for the SAS course, but can be used to get answers to any SAS-related questions you may have too, even if they are from homework or interview questions.

Fast – Cheap – Good – Pick any 2!

Fast - Cheap - GoodI’m sure you’ve seen this sign many times before, but it is a very important statement!

At Holland Numerics we strive to provide good service at all times, so we will never even consider providing fast service cheap, because it will not be good! That said, we can provide good service fast, but it won’t be cheap, and good service cheap, but it won’t be fast.

Sometimes we have to sit back and consider Oscar Wilde’s view (from his play “Lady Windemere’s Fan”) that at his point in time a cynic, but now everyone, knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing! This is particularly relevant for consultancies like Holland Numerics trying to determine appropriate pricing for consulting services.

That is why the SAS Programming Forum is accessed for a small subscription, not because we need it to be an income stream, but because we want to make certain that subscribers really want to access the valuable SAS-related information I have added over several months in that forum. I like to think this is perfectly exemplified by another quote, this time from my all-time favourite novel “Time Enough for Love” by Robert A Heinlein:

“Anything free is worth what you pay for it.”

What is the SAS Programming Forum and why does it cost to access?

It is rather sad that everyone knows the price of everything and the value of nothing! I have paraphrased this statement somewhat from the original written by Oscar Wilde for Lord Darlington in “Lady Windemere’s Fan”, but the reality is very much in evidence everywhere today. But how is that relevant to the SAS Programming Forum?

I wanted to create a place where students of SAS programming (which includes myself, as I try to learn something new about SAS every day) could ask SAS-related questions, even if they were from interviews or homework, without being criticised. However, I wanted to exclude those asking questions because they were too lazy to research the answers themselves (#LAZYWEB), so I hoped that charging a small amount to access the forum would filter out those trying to get free information with no effort, but encourage those enthusiastic enough to pay to learn about SAS an opportunity to do so. The SAS Programming Forum subscription is only GBP 5.00 per month for up to 3 months via PayPal, so it can be stopped at any time, but also renewed easily, and includes access to my SAS course about SAS programming topics, which I’m progressively building, and currently includes 4 sections on SAS components, Data Steps, PROC SQL and SAS macros, and now totals 25 topics in all. The sections are intended to be read sequentially, but are, for the most part, independent of each other. The key feature of the SAS Programming Forum and the SAS course is that questions can be asked at any time and they will be answered, provided sufficient information is given in the question. This is not a “get out” clause, but a learning point for all prospective SAS programmers that without sufficient information you cannot write a SAS program that meets the customer’s needs, so you have to be able to ask question yourself!

SAS Programming Forum Introduction

This forum is intended for SAS-related questions and answers, and, as this forum is paid-for, answers to interview questions will be accepted too.

Here are the basic rules for posting in this forum:

        All postings MUST be completely SAS-related, which means that they should, at least, mention SAS or a SAS component. I’ve been using SAS for over 25 years, so I know what is and isn’t SAS (that is SAS Institute software-related, not SaaS, SAP, SPSS or an IBM service!). However, labelling a general link as a SAS-related link will break this rule too!
        No copying of existing postings just to get your name on it. Please check you’ve posted correctly, and tidy up yourself if you haven’t!
        The SAS Programming Forum is for discussions, not for jobs and time-dependent postings. Remember that this forum has a Manager, not a garbage collector.
      This group is an English-language forum. Foreign language posts are accepted, but only if the content is understandable as related to SAS by the majority of the forum members. Please include an English translation, if necessary.
      The advertising of illegal copies of books and software will result in immediate removal from this forum.
      The group is open to everyone, but abusive, political or disrespectful behaviour will result in the removal of the poster and all their postings. Please note that the posting of job adverts as comments in SAS programming discussions is considered to be disrespectful!

 

SAS Skills Discussion Forum (non-programming) Introduction

This free forum is intended for questions and answers about SAS-related skills, but NOT about SAS programming code or interview questions, as these questions will be moved immediately to the paid-for SAS Programming Forum.

Here are the basic rules for posting in this forum:

      All postings MUST be completely SAS-related, which means that they should, at least, mention SAS or a SAS component, but not be about SAS programming code or interview questions, otherwise it will be moved into the paid-for SAS Programming Forum. I’ve been using SAS for over 25 years, so I know what is and isn’t SAS (that is SAS Institute software-related, not SaaS, SAP, SPSS or an IBM service!). However, labelling a general link as a SAS-related link will break this rule too!
      No copying of existing postings just to get your name on it. Please check you’ve posted correctly, and tidy up yourself if you haven’t!
      The SAS Programming Forum is for discussions, not for jobs and time-dependent postings. Remember that this forum has a Manager, not a garbage collector.
      This group is an English-language forum. Foreign language posts are accepted, but only if the content is understandable as related to SAS by the majority of the forum members. Please include an English translation, if necessary.
      The advertising of illegal copies of books and software will result in immediate removal from this forum.
      The group is open to everyone, but abusive, political or disrespectful behaviour will result in the removal of the poster and all their postings. Please note that the posting of job adverts as comments in SAS programming discussions is considered to be disrespectful!

 

About Holland Numerics: Blog and Forums

This site has 4 distinct parts:

  1. Holland Numerics Blog:

    A free blog for subscribers, where news about SAS-related discoveries, books, apps and events can be found. Click here to register for free to allow you to comment on blog posts!


  2. Holland Numerics Forums (SAS Skills Discussion and SAS Programming):

    • The SAS Skills Discussion Forum (non-programming) is a free forum intended for individual programmers to ask and answer non-programming questions on topics related to SAS skills. Please note that any SAS programming and interview questions will be moved immediately into the paid-for SAS Programming Forum. Click here for an introduction to this forum.

    • The SAS Programming Forum is a paid-for forum intended for individual programmers to ask and answer technical questions on topics related to SAS programming. As this is a paid-for forum, technical questions from interviews will be answered, provided sufficient information is included in the question. Subscriptions are paid monthly for 3 months, but can be cancelled at any time. Click here for an introduction to this forum. This forum includes the SAS course. Once you have registered for Free membership, then you will be able to read what is in the SAS course, but you will need Programmer membership to view the individual SAS course topics.

    • Subscribe to the paid-for forums at Subscriptions for Forums and Features

  3. SAS Jobs Listing:

    • The SAS Jobs Listing is a paid-for feature for recruiters wishing to post SAS-related jobs, but free for everyone to view them. Click here for an introduction to this feature. This feature includes access to the SAS Programming Forum and the SAS course.

    • Subscribe to the paid-for features at Subscriptions for Forums and Features

  4. Holland Numerics Product Shop:

    A collection of SAS conference and training documents (which can be downloaded for free), SAS-related books, Android and Chrome apps, and other products created by Holland Numerics. These can be purchased either directly from the shop, or via links to reseller pages. Click here to visit the shop.


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