1月 132018

Former U.S. Chief Technology officer Megan Smith stressed the importance of continued investments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in her keynote address at SAS Analytics Experience, sharing a quote from George Washington. In his first address to Congress, in 1790, Washington said, “There is nothing which can better [...]

Former US Chief Technology Officer encourages STEM diversity was published on SAS Voices by Paula Henderson

11月 212017

Fifth annual STEM Showcase draws 350 students Temple Grandin, a prominent author and speaker on autism and animal behavior, and professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, was shocked this past August to see how many students on her college campus seemed oblivious to the solar eclipse – despite [...]

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11月 062017

When she was a little girl, SAS Senior User Experience Designer Khaliah Cothran’s parents gave her a creativity building set. She fell in love with building models of all kinds, from cars and trains to merry-go-rounds. And just like that, an engineer was born. A few years later, Cothran happened [...]

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7月 172017

My previous blog post focused on a graph, showing the % of women earning STEM degrees in various fields. While that graph was was designed to answer a very specific question, let's now look at the data from a broader perspective. Let's look at the total number of STEM degrees [...]

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7月 132017

For the past several years, efforts have been under way to recruit more women into the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. I recently saw an interesting graph showing the percentage of bachelor's degrees conferred to women in the US, and I wondered if I could tweak that graph [...]

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5月 092017

What do you get when you combine analytics, aviation and the Internet of Things? A learning experience that leaves everyone flying high! At Data on the Fly, 25 area high school students had the opportunity to learn how technology has changed – and continues to change – the aviation industry. [...]

Students visualize aircraft data in real time using SAS was published on SAS Voices by Katie Howard

11月 162016

There are no limitations for what you can accomplish. That’s the message Keith Poston from the Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences imparted to 300 middle and high school students, teachers and parents assembled this week at the museum for the fourth STEM Career Showcase for Students […]

Event inspires students with disabilities to pursue STEM careers was published on SAS Voices.

11月 032016

The job market for individuals with analytical skills is hot, and it’s only getting hotter. A recent study by the McKinsey Global Institute puts the situation in perspective, citing a shortfall of nearly 200,000 professionals with strong analytical skills by the year 2018. Businesses are looking to colleges and universities […]

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10月 052016

While men still outnumber women in the analytics field, there are plenty of opportunities available for women. At a recent Chief Data and Analytics forum, I was encouraged to see a well-balanced number of senior executives presenting about the business of analytics.  Speakers included 12 women and 14 men, which indicates a […]

Two tips for women starting a career in analytics was published on SAS Voices.

8月 172016

My computer geek colleagues are boasting about their humble beginnings by sharing lists of their first seven programming languages. You can find these under the hashtag #FirstSevenLanguages.

From what I've seen of these lists, the programming languages that appear are very much a function of age -- not the age of the language, but of the person sharing the list. It's also a function of industry. For people of a certain age who first worked at a bank, COBOL appears early on the list. Did you work in the defense industry? Ada is probably on your list.

Of course, the SAS programming language features prominently among my colleagues. I have argued that listing SAS is a bit of a cheat, since SAS actually comprises several different programming languages: DATA step, SQL, DS2, SAS macro, IML, GTL, SCL, and more. SAS also contains hooks into other languages like Lua and Groovy. Some SAS analytical procedures are programming languages in their own right, like PROC OPTMODEL.

I have several friends who have built their entire careers on SAS programming. There is little risk of boredom, as the SAS language evolves with each release and is used in virtually every industry. It's like a huge mansion of a programming language -- we all have our favorite rooms where we spend most of our time, but there are always new additions to discover and explore.

I've said that I don't identify myself as a programmer, even though programming is an activity that occupies lots of my time. Here's my #FirstSevenLanguages list. It's not exactly in chronological order, and like other folks I'm cheating by grouping some languages together into eras.

  • Extended basic on the TI99/4A (high school, in my parent's basement)
  • Turbo Pascal and Turbo C and Assembly (school and internships)
  • REXX and Perl (two different jobs, but used both to automate tedious tasks)
  • C++ (our first versions of SAS Enterprise Guide)
  • Java (various projects)
  • C# and .NET (SAS Enterprise Guide since the mid 2000s)
  • SAS - (first learned in a SAS education class in 1993, and still learning it)

Unlike some of my more distinguished colleagues, there are no "punch cards" languages on my list. Nostalgia is sometimes fun, but I don't believe anyone who says that the era of punch cards, 16K RAM, and 8-inch floppy disks was "the good old days." Instead, I prefer to look forward to my #NextSevenLanguages. In my current role with SAS Support Communities, I get to dabble in JavaScript, FreeMarker, and Python. But I use SAS every day and for so many tasks, it remains high on my list of languages to learn!

tags: computer science education, csedweek, stem

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