To me retirement only means not earning a salary from my SAS programming, which will, from now, become a pure hobby. However, to program in SAS AND to be able to get access to all of its components, including Enterprise Guide, batch processing, and the Program Editor, the SAS licence has to be paid for. For me this would amount to paying around GBP 3,000 a year, and so I have drawn up a list of ways that you can contribute to that total, but at the same time benefit from my 40+ years of SAS programming, and 30+ years as an independent SAS consultant, working in the banking, insurance, IT, pharmaceutical, HR and marketing business sectors, and on IBM mainframe, OS/2, VAX, Unix, Windows and Linux.
Any excess income will be used to extend my SAS licence into the following year. I’m planning to use this income from April 2024, so we now have 12 months to raise sufficient funds.
The following are grouped into group¹ (for companies or collaborating individuals) and individual² options:
For Companies or Collaborating Individuals¹:
No.1 = 1/2 day SAS training, including digital training materials, for GBP 1,800
Last call for articles for VIEWS News 64: Become a VIEWS Consultant in May! I’m planning to publish VIEWS News issue 64 at the end of May 2021, which means that I need you to send me your short SAS-related articles by 17May2021 to email@example.com.
Annoying SAS Programming Styles: I wrote Part 1 in issue 60 about indenting of SAS code, and have added more articles since then. Do you have your own example of an annoying programming style, and how to fix it?
Event previews and reports.
SAS-related book reviews.
Short articles on any SAS-related topics.
All the above examples will entitle the author to refer to themselves as a VIEWS Consultant!
There is also In Brief and Diary sections in each issue containing:
Links to interesting SAS-related web sites.
Announcements of SAS-related events occurring from mid-June onwards.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon…………..Phil
I have been working from home on and off since 1996, so it now feels quite normal to start my work day by walking from my kitchen into my office. I know some of my colleagues have struggled with the many distractions that exist at home, so I suppose I’ve been lucky, but I still do not like doing nothing at all. To stop any boredom setting in I will look for ways to do something useful, and, over the years, I have taught myself many programming languages by reading books, running example code, and trying to write applications that will be useful day-to-day, for example:
Database applications for calculating hours left to work and printing invoices in Visual Basic.
Web applications to send me emails and SMS messages in Perl.
Smartphone apps for Android in Java.
Crossword puzzle word-finder scripts in LibreOffice Basic.
SAS Enterprise Guide custom tasks in VB.Net.
SAS Studio custom tasks in XML.
Each language presents a different set of problems and solutions, so each new solution will broaden your knowledge of the computer world. Not all language have been central to my day job, but my views on solving computer problems has been moulded by each new programming language I’ve used. In 1996 there was no significant online help, so you couldn’t easily ask anyone for help, but instead you had to rely on hints and tips in computer magazines. Later the online communities have become vital, but you will now have to ask your questions in the correct way, so that it will be understood by each community, as names are not necessarily consistent, otherwise your question is likely to be ignored. I’ve now found ways to improve the chances of my questions being answered, even if my problems are not always resolved:
Write a subject line that asks a question that could be answered, otherwise it probably won’t even be read.
Set the scene by describing the environment you are working in, such as operating system, and software language and version.
Describe in as much detail as you can what you are trying to do, what you have already tried, and any results/messages that you are getting, even if you don’t understand them.
Never assume that you’re problem can be solved, but work with anyone who offers you assistance.
Be humble and grateful, because there will be programmers out there who know more about this than you, and you might need to call on their skills again.
So what has all this got to do with SAS training? Well, thanks to COVID-19, there are now more home-workers than ever before, and in some cases the work available may not be filling your day, so what can you do to fill your spare time and improve your programming knowledge? I have gathered together some sources of SAS training and information which are either free or inexpensive, which you may find useful, and if you find out about any more, then post a comment and I’ll be happy to check them out:
I have a low-cost forum with a monthly subscription called the SAS Programming Forum, which welcomes SAS programming questions, but also includes the SAS course with a growing number of SAS-related topics, such as Data Steps, SAS Macros and PROC SQL, either as individual posts or LMS courses.
The Conferences Paper section on this site is filled with papers covering a wide range of SAS-related topics, which can be downloaded for free.
Other SAS-related books can be bought through the Books section on this site.
The largest searchable collection of SAS-related conference papers is maintained by Lex Jansen, including papers from SUGI, SeUGI, regional SAS user groups and forums, VIEWS, PhUSE, PharmaSUG and SAS Global Forum.
Sasensei is a SAS-related quiz and learning site where the flashcards, questions and quizzes are contributed by the users, and you earn points and awards from contributions and correct answers, but you will always learn from your incorrect answers too.
SAS University Edition is free for use as a learning platform, and can either be downloaded and installed on your laptop using VMware or VirtualBox, or accessed through the web on the AWS Cloud.
WPS Analytics Community Edition is a free version of WPS Analytics, which can be licensed from World Programming for 6 months at a time and installed on your PC, and can run SAS programs using quite a large subset of SAS programming features, and includes R and Python interfaces.
I think that should at least get you started on your SAS improvement projects!
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