SAS 9.3

1月 232014
 

SAS Analytics 13.1 is shipping as part of a maintenance release for SAS 9.4. This release combination reflects the recent SAS release strategy, in which technology releases come first and analytics releases follow a short time afterward. SAS Analytics 13.1 is meant to work with SAS 9.4. So far, I haven’t come upon any stories of attempting to use 13.1 procedures in SAS 9.3. If history is a guide, that would work to some extent, but with so few incompatibilities in SAS 9.4, it would surely be simpler to make the jump to SAS 9.4.

11月 152013
 

SAS supports Java 7 in the latest revision of SAS 9.3. Details can be found at Installation Note 49296. SAS 9.3 continues to fully support Java 6. SAS 9.4 requires Java 7.

For some users, the improved security features of Java 7 will be a reason to upgrade. Oracle has said it stopped development for Java 6 in February. Using an end-of-life version of any software can be a sign that it’s time to upgrade. The idea of relying on an unsupported version of Java is especially uncomfortable given Java’s recent history of security issues. Those users upgrading to Windows 8, where only Java 7 is supported, will probably want to upgrade SAS to 9.4 if they can, but at sites where SAS 9.4 is not yet available, they have the option of continuing to use SAS 9.3.

11月 112013
 

SAS Installation Note 46876 explains the limitations of SAS support for Windows 8. To simplify, the latest revisions of SAS 9.3 and 9.4 are validated for use under professional editions of Microsoft Windows 8.0 and 8.1, but you have to be careful about having a compatible browser and Java version.

SAS is still working on a 32-bit version of SAS 9.4 for December 2013 release. When that is available, there will be a wider range of possible configurations for SAS 9.4.

11月 072013
 

Microsoft Windows 8 has been with us for a year, and its first major update -- Windows 8.1 -- has just arrived. So how does SAS support these Windows 8 platforms?

The answer can be found on support.sas.com in SAS Note 46876. I'll summarize it here: SAS 9.3 and SAS 9.4 are supported on Windows 8 and 8.1, as well as on Windows Server 2012. SAS 9.4 has been supported since its initial release in July 2013. SAS 9.3 requires a baseline version of 9.3 Maint 2, revision 13w18 (April 2013) or later. (That's primarily due to the additional support for Java 7, which is required for SAS use on Windows 8.)

SAS Enterprise Guide 5.1 and 6.1 are also supported on Windows 8/8.1. The same holds true for the SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office 5.1 and 6.1. Windows 8.1 adds Internet Explorer 11 to the mix, which should perform fine for your web-based SAS applications. The browser support matrix is tricky to keep up with since browsers rev often, and it usually happens "out-of-band" with operating system updates. If your browser flavor/version isn't listed as supported that doesn't mean it won't work, but it does mean that SAS R&D hasn't "certified" it as compatible with SAS web applications. It's best to check third-party product details on support.sas.com for updates and limitations.

To explore further combinations of operating systems and SAS products, visit the interactive Supported Operating Systems page.

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11月 072013
 

Microsoft Windows 8 has been with us for a year, and its first major update -- Windows 8.1 -- has just arrived. So how does SAS support these Windows 8 platforms?

The answer can be found on support.sas.com in SAS Note 46876. I'll summarize it here: SAS 9.3 and SAS 9.4 are supported on Windows 8 and 8.1, as well as on Windows Server 2012. SAS 9.4 has been supported since its initial release in July 2013. SAS 9.3 requires a baseline version of 9.3 Maint 2, revision 13w18 (April 2013) or later. (That's primarily due to the additional support for Java 7, which is required for SAS use on Windows 8.)

SAS Enterprise Guide 5.1 and 6.1 are also supported on Windows 8/8.1. The same holds true for the SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office 5.1 and 6.1. Windows 8.1 adds Internet Explorer 11 to the mix, which should perform fine for your web-based SAS applications. The browser support matrix is tricky to keep up with since browsers rev often, and it usually happens "out-of-band" with operating system updates. If your browser flavor/version isn't listed as supported that doesn't mean it won't work, but it does mean that SAS R&D hasn't "certified" it as compatible with SAS web applications. It's best to check third-party product details on support.sas.com for updates and limitations.

Initially, SAS 9.4 and SAS Enterprise Guide 6.1 were available only in 64-bit versions. That's a limitation for some customers who aren't yet ready for "64-bit Everything", so SAS will release 32-bit versions of these products near the end of this year. Here's SAS Note 51786 with the details.

To explore further combinations of operating systems and SAS products, visit the interactive Supported Operating Systems page.

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tags: 64-bit, sas 9.3, SAS 9.4, Windows 8
4月 142013
 

The XSL procedure is marked as production-ready in the second maintenance release of SAS 9.3. In truth, the earlier XSL procedure going back to SAS 9.2 was probably stable enough to rely on, but now SAS has given its stamp of approval to the procedure. The XSL procedure applies transformations to XML documents to produce other forms of XML or other documents such as PDF. The XML library engine in SAS cannot import every form of an XML table, so the XSL procedure could be especially useful in filling that gap by translating the XML data you have to a form of XML that SAS can import as a data set.

1月 022013
 
book cover

Professional SAS Programming Secrets is updated for SAS 9.3, and the resulting 4th edition should be available [update:] June 10, 2014. It is not a major revision for Professional SAS Programming Secrets, but there are new features to mention in almost every chapter. Here is a first look at the new cover design. The picture incorporates one of the Black Marble images of Earth released by NASA one month ago.

10月 292012
 
You’ve known it, you’ve loved it. Your copy’s pages are worn, torn, or coffee-stained, and yet it’s still as beloved as ever. It’s your Little SAS Book. It belongs on every SAS programmer’s bookshelf, and it’s now even better. Susan Slaughter and Lora Delwiche have worked to help you improve [...]