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The difference between CLASS statements and BY statements in SAS

February 14, 2018
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The difference between CLASS statements and BY statements in SAS

When I first learned to program in SAS, I remember being confused about the difference between CLASS statements and BY statements. A novice SAS programmer recently asked when to use one instead of the other, so this article explains the difference between the CLASS statement and BY variables in SAS

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Demystifying certification (Part 3): To the finish

February 8, 2018
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Want to see my newly minted certified professional badge? Scroll down to take a peek. Yes, I managed to successfully complete the Base SAS Programmer certification exam… with, ahem, flying colors I might add. Here are my tips to tackle the Base SAS cer...
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Demystifying SAS Certification (Part 2): Write it down

February 1, 2018
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Do you know what the #1 fear in North America is? Most people say fear of public speaking or fear of death, but you may just want to consider this new fear upping the charts - the fear of writing a SAS Certification exam! The real test begins before ev...
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Demystifying SAS certification – Week 1

January 23, 2018
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Well! I did it! I conducted a workshop for internal SAS employees wishing to take SAS certification. The workshop was to help them understand the following: SAS Certification overview Exam preparation Website Content Exam pass score Sample questions St...
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How to secure your REST API credentials in SAS programs

January 16, 2018
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How to secure your REST API credentials in SAS programs

I've used SAS with a bunch of different REST APIs: GitHub, Brightcove, Google Analytics, Lithium, LinkedIn, and more. For most of these I have to send user/password or "secret" application tokens to the web service so that it knows who I am and what data I can retrieve. I do

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How to list your mapped drives in a SAS program

January 11, 2018
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If you work in a team environment, you might be accustomed to using mapped network drives for source data folders or to publish results. If you've recently moved to a SAS server environment, you might not have those mapped drives available. How can you tell? This question was posted on

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How to get the current TITLE in SAS

December 13, 2017
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How to get the current TITLE in SAS

The SAS language is large. Even after 20+ years of using SAS, there are many features that I have never used. Recently it became necessary for me to learn about DICTIONARY tables in PROC SQL (and the associated SASHELP views) because I needed to programmatically obtain the text for the

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Tricks for importing text files in SAS Enterprise Guide

December 12, 2017
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Tricks for importing text files in SAS Enterprise Guide

I'm a big fan of the Import Data task in SAS Enterprise Guide, especially for its support of text-based files (CSV, tab delimited, fixed width, and more). There's no faster method for generating SAS code that reads your data exactly the way you need it. I use the tool so

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