Poll: Do you use SAS specifically in a non-programming / business analysis manner?

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I’m interested in how SAS is used in a non-programming way for a future VIEWS News article. Please help me by answering the poll questions in the following link, if you would answer the following question with Y (Yes):

Do you use SAS specifically in a non-programming / business analysis manner (Y/N)?

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CSVXYJD

Your responses to this poll will be anonymous. No IP addresses will be collected.

Thank you in advance………..Phil

VIEWS News issue 66 (2021Q4) is awaiting approval for publication and will appear later this month. Here is how to access VIEWS News issues…

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VIEWS News issue 66 (2021Q4) is awaiting approval for publication and will appear later this month.

Recommended approach to accessing VIEWS News issues from #1, if you have already registered for free blog membership and requested access to the VIEWS UK forum:

  1. Always log onto the site using Member Login from the menu at https://hollandnumerics.org.uk/wordpress first. The site will ask you to join if you try to use a restricted link before logging on!
  2. Having successfully logged on, scroll to the bottom of the web page and click on the link to VIEWS UK in the Forum List. Note that you already have access if you can see VIEWS UK in the Forum List.
  3. If you are looking for a specific issue click on VIEWS News – Backissues.
  4. If you are looking for a specific topic (including issues where you have articles) click on Forum tag cloud.

I hope this makes your searching easier……………Phil

Last call for articles for VIEWS News 64: Become a VIEWS Consultant in May!

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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 views-uk@hollandnumerics.org.uk.

Topics include:

  • 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

 

VIEWS News issue 62 (2020Q4) is scheduled for publication at the end on November 2020. Here is how to access VIEWS News issues…

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VIEWS News issue 62 (2020Q4) is scheduled for publication at the end on November 2020.

Recommended approach to accessing VIEWS News issues from #1, if you have already registered for free blog membership and requested access to the VIEWS UK forum:

  1. Always log onto the site using Member Login from the menu at https://hollandnumerics.org.uk/wordpress first. The site will ask you to join if you try to use a restricted link before logging on!
  2. Having successfully logged on, scroll to the bottom of the web page and click on the link to VIEWS UK in the Forum List. Note that you already have access if you can see VIEWS UK in the Forum List.
  3. If you are looking for a specific issue click on VIEWS News – Backissues.
  4. If you are looking for a specific topic (including issues where you have articles) click on Forum tag cloud.

I hope this makes your searching easier……………Phil

Last call for articles for VIEWS News 61: Become a VIEWS Consultant this month!

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Last call for articles for VIEWS News 61: Become a VIEWS Consultant this month! I’m planning to publish VIEWS News issue 61 at the end of August 2020, which means that I need you to send me your short SAS-related articles by 17Aug2020 to views-uk@hollandnumerics.org.uk.

Topics include:

  • Annoying SAS Programming Styles: I wrote Part 1 in issue 60 about indenting of SAS code. Do you have your own example of an annoying programming style, and how to fix it?
  • Event previews and reports.
  • 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-September onwards.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon…………..Phil

 

How has 2020 gone so far?

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I had a number of plans at the beginning of 2020, so how are they doing so far:

  • February 2020: Publish VIEWS News issue 59. Follow the link to learn how to get free access! – Published in early March 2020.
  • March/April 2020: Present a paper at SAS Global Forum (SASGF) in Washington DC – Conference cancelled due to COVID-19. However, my paper “How Many Shades of Guide: SAS Enterprise Guide to 8.1 and SAS Studio to 3.8 with SAS 9.4” will still be published here on my blog site.
  • May 2020: Publish VIEWS News issue 60. Follow the link to learn how to get free access! – Still OK.
  • July 2020: See the Oberammergau Passion Plays in Germany, which occur only every 10 years!
  • August 2020: Present a paper and SAS training seminar at PharmaSUG China in Shanghai – I pulled out due to COVID-19 concerns in China.
  • August/September 2020: Publish VIEWS News issue 61. Follow the link to learn how to get free access! – Still OK.
  • November 2020: Publish VIEWS News issue 62. Follow the link to learn how to get free access! – Still OK.

VIEWS UK forum now has VIEWS News indexes for SAS Formats & Informats, Functions and Options

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Please note that all of the links relating to VIEWS News and the VIEWS UK forum require you to have already logged onto the blog site, and have also requested free access to the VIEWS UK forum!

VIEWS UK forum has VIEWS News indexes for SAS Formats (& informats), Functions, and now Options (new!) too. These indexes cover every issue of VIEWS News, and links to these indexes can also be found on the individual VIEWS News issue pages.

There is also a Forum Tag Cloud for logged on users covering all of your registered forums. However, please note that the VIEWS UK forum is currently missing issues 47-55, which will have been added in time for the February issue of VIEWS News.

Don’t forget to log on and request access to the VIEWS UK forum first, and then click these links!!

A Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to everyone, but especially to this blog’s members!

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I have a number of plans for 2020, and hope to achieve them all:

  • February 2020: Publish VIEWS News issue 59. Follow the link to learn how to get free access!
  • March/April 2020: Present a paper at SAS Global Forum (SASGF) in Washington DC. Hope to meet you there!
  • May 2020: Publish VIEWS News issue 60. Follow the link to learn how to get free access!
  • July 2020: See the Oberammergau Passion Plays in Germany, which occur only every 10 years!
  • August 2020: Present a paper and SAS training seminar at PharmaSUG China in Beijing. Hope to meet you there!
  • August/September 2020: Publish VIEWS News issue 61. Follow the link to learn how to get free access!
  • November 2020: Publish VIEWS News issue 62. Follow the link to learn how to get free access!

A Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to everyone, but especially to this blog’s members!

Looking forward to meeting you in 2020!!…………..Phil

VIEWS News will now resume production: 100 blog members have requested free access to the VIEWS UK forum!

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VIEWS News will now be resuming production, because 100 blog members have requested free access to the VIEWS UK forum!

Issue 56 will now be made available to download from the VIEWS UK forum in May 2019, but, in the meanwhile, I’ll be developing indexes in that forum for the existing 55 back-issues of VIEWS News. New issues will, hopefully, be published in February, May, August and November each year, so, if you have a suitable SAS-related article you’d like to have included, please contact me at views-uk@hollandnumerics.org.uk.

Remember that free access to the VIEWS newsletter is restricted to logged-in blog members who have requested access to the VIEWS UK forum. This is so I have a list of interested members willing to received news about forthcoming VIEWS News issues. Any blog members who don’t wish to learn about new VIEWS News issues should not request free access, but any registered blog members who do want access to the VIEWS UK forum should contact me now, if they are not already on the list. Just log into the blog and look for “VIEWS UK” in the forum list to make certain.

sasCommunity.org is winding down from January 2018

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I’ve been posting on sasCommunity.org every now and then for nearly 10 years, including hosting VIEWS News and my SAS Author pages there, but a decision has now been made by the sasCommunity Advisory Team to set the site to Read-Only from 01Jan2018. Chris Hemedinger has added a blog post on The SAS Dummy giving a little more information on where the sasCommunity.org content could be relocated.

Note that the VIEWS News issues can now be accessed on this blog site in the VIEWS UK forum, which is a free resource for all registered blog members, but an access request is required after you have registered.

The wiki site was the first to be SAS-related and user-maintained, so that every registered SAS user could add and update their own content. This was long before GitHub appeared, and when LinkedIn and the SAS Communities had barely started.

I think I will leave the last words to the sasCommunity Advisory Team, who posted this announcement on the sasCommunity.org site on 07Dec2017:

sasCommunity.org to be Decommissioned

December 7, 2017
Notice from the sasCommunity Advisory Team

Today, SAS practitioners have unprecedented access to expertise from their fellow SAS users around the world. Using modern community forums and code sharing platforms, SAS users are learning from each other more than ever before.

Although there is a demonstrated increased interest in SAS topics in general, we’ve seen the traffic and contributions on sasCommunity.org remain flat (and even decline) over the past few years. The team has taken the decision to help users to focus on the newer, well-supported platforms — and decommission this wiki-based site.

Before we cover some logistics, we want to recognize the important role that sasCommunity.org – and all of its volunteers and contributors – has served over the past 10 years. The site pioneered peer-to-peer collaboration around SAS during an era when there were fewer alternatives. We are grateful to those who devoted countless hours to building and nurturing the site. Thank you!

Now…on to the future. Our first step will be to put the site into ‘Read Only Mode’ on January 1, 2018. This will allow the relocation of important and popular content responsibly, while eliminating the overhead of accepting new pages. We plan to support, as best we can, the owners of existing content to make sure they can find a new home for content and articles they want to preserve before the final decommissioning (that date is TBD).

Examples of content that we know that probably should be relocated:

  • Author Pages
  • User Groups pages
  • Historical Conference Proceedings
  • sasCommunity.org Planet (blogs aggregator)
  • Several unique and very popular articles

Some of this content may be relocated to the SAS Support Communities (communities.sas.com) with the help of SAS Institute. Historical proceedings might find a home alongside the other proceedings we have for more recent SAS conferences. Code-based projects may be a better fit on GitHub, a site designed specifically for sharing code related to any technology. All ideas are under discussion, and we welcome your input.

Thanks for your valuable support over the years, and we look forward to continued collaboration!