Would you like to see a brand new issue 56 of VIEWS News soon?

The Winter 2011 issue of VIEWS News was the last issue published back in January 2012, but would you like me to publish a brand new issue 56 soon?

Currently there are only 10 subscribers to VIEWS UK, and I would really like to see more. If you would like me to publish a brand new issue 56, then I would need to have at least 100 subscribers before I start work on it. There is no point in me starting work on the new issue unless there are enough expected readers of the new publication.

Please follow the instructions in my recent blog post if you would like to subscribe to VIEWS UK.

Rejoining VIEWS UK (or just joining for the first time)?

Recently I reported that the VIEWS web site had been closed down, but that the newsletter archive was will available on sasCommunity.org. I have now been able to store the original VIEWS News PDF files on my blog site, which can be accessed via a new VIEWS UK forum. This forum is available on request to all registered blog members, and those with access will be notified of any new content.

Some of the new content will include previously unpublished indexes I used to help me write the Formats, Options & Functions articles in the newsletters, which allowed me to see in a single view which features had already been described and when. I will also be including an authors list soon. All features that could help you find information that is difficult to find using standard searches. I may even try to publish some new issues of VIEWS News soon too!

You might be thinking that, as I had emailed VIEWS members in the past, I could use that email list to include them automatically again. However, this new VIEWS environment has been built on an existing blog site, and, although theoretically I could register all the previous VIEWS members using their email addresses, I don’t know all of their real names and would, therefore, have to guess their new user names, so I don’t think forcing anyone to register on my blog site is at all appropriate. This is the reason I’m asking everyone interested to register themselves instead.

SO, whether you have been a VIEWS member in the past, or not, here is how you can join the new VIEWS UK forum:

  1. If you are not already registered on my blog site, then join via the registration page.
  2. Once you have registered, then email views-uk@hollandnumerics.org.uk, or use the site’s Contact Us link, to say you would like to join the VIEWS UK forum.
  3. I will manually update your blog profile to give you the required configuration and reply to your registered email address as soon as you have access to the new forum. You will then see VIEWS UK in the forum list when you next log into the blog site.

The VIEWS web site has closed down forever!

Many of you may be asking what is “VIEWS”?

Back in 1998 a group of enthusiastic SAS programmers founded VIEWS – the International SAS Programmer Community, and Andy Radcliffe became the first editor of VIEWS News. The free newsletter delivered hints, tips, news, and features on technologies and techniques to VIEWS members. Articles were written by a balanced mixture of users and consultants – with occasional contributions from SAS staff too. The short, punchy style of VIEWS News made it easy and convenient to read for the busy members of VIEWS. I took over the Editor’s role in 2002, and published it up to the most recent issue in 2011 Q4. Every back-issue of the newsletter can still be downloaded from here, because the newsletter continues to be hosted on sasCommunity.org.

Actually the newsletter has not really died yet, but is in suspended animation until I have time to publish a new issue, but the VIEWS web site and email addresses have now expired, so I have created a new contact email address for VIEWS at views-uk@hollandnumerics.org.uk, which will accept membership requests and newsletter content, just in case. More details can be found in this post: Rejoining VIEWS UK (or just joining for the first time)?.

About Holland Numerics: Blog and Forums

This site has 4 distinct parts:

  1. Holland Numerics Blog:

    A free blog for all site visitors, 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, SAS Programming and VIEWS UK):

    • The SAS Skills Discussion Forum (non-programming) is a free forum for all registered members intended for every SAS programmer to ask and answer non-programming questions on topics related to SAS skills. Posting programmer and recruiter introductory topics are encouraged. 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 for Programmer- and Recruiter-level members intended for SAS 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 enough 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 any SAS course topics.

    • The VIEWS UK forum is a free forum for all registered members who have requested access allowing access to the VIEWS News archive. Once you have registered for at least Free membership, and requested access by sending an email to views-uk@hollandnumerics.org.uk, then I will manually update your blog profile to allow you to download all the existing 55 back issues of VIEWS News from the VIEWS UK – Home Page (as well as previously unpublished VIEWS content), and email you back when the update has been successfully completed. You will know whether you have access to this forum as it will appear in the forum list after you have logged on the site.

    • 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 Recruiter-level members intended for recruiters wishing to post SAS-related jobs, but free for all site visitors 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:

    This includes 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.


Each membership level builds on the previous level, so for each successive level the blue boxes highlight the new areas and access added:

Membership level Blog & Forums Access
Not logged in Blog posts Read
SAS Skills Discussion Forum Read linked topics only
SAS Job Listings Read
Free membership Join Now Button Blog posts Read & Comment
SAS Skills Discussion Forum (and VIEWS UK, on request only) Read and Write Topics & Reply
SAS Job Listings Read
Programmer membership (includes Free membership)
Blog posts Read & Comment
SAS Skills Discussion Forum (and VIEWS UK, on request only) Read and Write Topics & Reply
SAS Programming Forum Read and Write Topics & Reply
SAS course Read Topics & Reply
SAS Job Listings Read
Recruiter membership (includes Programmer membership)
Blog posts Read & Comment
SAS Skills Discussion Forum (and VIEWS UK, on request only) Read and Write Topics & Reply
SAS Programming Forum Read and Write Topics & Reply
SAS course Read Topics & Reply
SAS Job Listings Read & Post New Jobs

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