enterprise guide

12月 222010
 
Ever since I got SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3, my help is not really helping, meaning, I don’t see a lot of items listed when I type ‘filename’ under Index. As you showed us in class with SAS Enterprise Guide 4.2, I used to see lots of items in the Index. Besides I don’t see anything remotely related to the ‘filename’ statement. Do you have any idea what happened?

This was a valid student question from my recent SAS Enterprise Guide for Experienced SAS Programmers class that I’ll respond to in this post:


For those who have moved to SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3, there is lots of good news. It has amazing artificial intelligence built in. As you start typing code in the program editor, SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3 offers up all possibilities for that syntax/function.

But I want examples like I used to see before in SAS syntax help files.

No problem, there is now built-in syntax and function help that is available in the program editor. Full SAS syntax help is available online where you can also find information on all the new features in SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3.

Want to learn more about SAS Enterprise Guide? Check out Chris Hemedinger who writes all about SAS Enterprise Guide in his popular blog The SAS Dummy.

On this note I’ll end this year wishing you all a wonderful holiday season. Hope you enjoyed my blog posts, drop me a line with your questions or comments. I’d love to hear from you. See you in the New Year with lots more programming tips and answers to student questions. Stay tuned!
9月 102010
 
Our Instructor Tip videos have received positive feedback and often generate follow-up conversations between our instructors and our users. For example, just this week, one of our instructors, David Ghan, responded to a question that he received from a SAS user about this video: SAS Enterprise Guide Tip: Exporting Results and Preserving Historical Versions.





Q. Can the process have been done for just one file instead of the 2 files? Both files were run at the same time, but I'm assuming that it is possible to run them independently.

A. Yes. You could simply run each Export Step on its own after you create the export step. In this case, though, that would not really work well because you need to run the Customer Summary Tables task to update the results. So, in this scenario, you would create 2 versions of the Summary Tables task. One of the copies of the Customer Summary Tables task would only generate the PDF report and the other copy would only generate the Excel workbook. Then you would set up the Export process for each.













As you can see in the above image, you now have two separate branches in the Enterprise Guide project for each type of output. You can right-click the Summary Tables task that generates the PDF report and select “Run branch from Customer Summary Table” (or, more generally, “Run branch from ”). Likewise you can right-click the other Summary Tables task that generates the Excel workbook and select “Run branch from …”. This will run only the project items for the specific branch.

If you haven't already, check out all of our video tips on our Web site or our YouTube Playlist. Feel free to submit your questions or feedback so that we can feature it on our blog to share with others.
6月 102010
 
I don’t know what you did for the Memorial Day weekend, but I went to Boston to staff a booth at the Association for Psychological Science conference. I went to talk to university professors about the SAS Global Academic Program and SAS OnDemand for Academics software, which will soon be available at no cost to students (It is already available at no cost to professors for teaching purposes). Two big highlights for me on this trip:

First, I saw a game at Fenway, something I haven’t done since I was 10. The view was a little obstructed by Pesky’s Pole, and the Sox lost 12-5. Still, I was in heaven.

Second, at the conference, a psychology professor walked right up to our booth and said “I like what SAS can do, but I don’t find the programming to be very intuitive”. I asked her if she had seen Enterprise Guide (available thru OnDemand for Academics), and she hadn’t. I gave her a brief demo of the menu driven interface, all point and click, no programming required. She was impressed, but raised a serious concern. “My husband’s a “math guy” and really likes SAS programming. He won’t like this”. So I showed her that you could access the code that your ‘pointing and clicking’ created, modify the code, save the code, email the code, and even write code from scratch. She stared at the screen for a moment, digested the implications, and said “I think this could save my marriage.”

Who knew booth duty could turn into marriage counseling? Think Enterprise Guide might help you too? Check out this brief demo.