Posts Tagged ‘ Architecture ’

NOTE: Reverse-Engineering Technical Debt

December 10, 2013
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NOTE: Reverse-Engineering Technical Debt

I wrote a couple of items about technical debt back in November (here and here). Sometimes you don't choose to create debt for yourself, sometimes it's inherited. In technical guises, debt can be inherited when teams merge, for instance.In such circums...
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NOTE: Enterprise Guide vs DI Studio – What’s the difference?

December 4, 2013
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A favourite interview question of mine is: Compare and contrast SAS 9's stored process server and workspace server. This question is very good at revealing whether candidates actually understand some of what's going on behind the scenes of SAS 9. I mentioned this back in 2010, together with some notes on my expectations...
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More on Technical Debt #2/2

November 26, 2013
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More on Technical Debt #2/2

Last week I offered some techniques for management of technical debt. In this post I offer some more.Technical debt is a debt that you incur every time you avoid doing the right thing (like refactoring, removing duplication/redundancy), thereby letting...
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NOTE: High-Availability Metadata #sasgf13

May 8, 2013
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NOTE: High-Availability Metadata #sasgf13

One of the most notable features of v9.4 wasn't mentioned in the SAS Global Forum Technology Connection but I caught a paper by Bryan Wolfe on the subject. SAS v9.4 will remove SAS's most notable "single point of failure" - the metadata ser...
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NOTE: ODBC Performance

November 28, 2012
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SAS is great at getting data from a huge variety of sources. With its SAS/ACCESS connectors, SAS can get data from these sources in an optimised fashion, i.e. using the native capabilities of the source data provider. In these days of increasingly larg...
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NOTE: Documenting Your SAS Environment

November 26, 2012
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If you're a new starter, or somebody just gave you extra SAS administration responsibilities, you may be struggling to find your way around the new SAS environment. Brian Varney presented an insightful paper at this year's South East SAS Users Group (S...
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NOTE: Keep Your WORK Library Working

March 27, 2012
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NOTE: Keep Your WORK Library Working

Steve Overton recently posted a tip on the excellent BI-Notes blog about maintaining space within your WORK library. The WORK library is a key resource and is typically shared by all SAS users, so its smooth operation is crucial for maintaining ...
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NOTE: A Big Data Announcement (Hadoop)

March 26, 2012
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There was a time when SAS practitioners merely needed to have knowledge of SAS DATA Step and PROC syntax plus a smattering of good data practices and IT practices. Over the years, SAS/ACCESS products gave access to data in other systems without the S...
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