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Date:         Thu, 25 Jul 2002 17:25:30 -0400
Reply-To:     Ian Whitlock <WHITLOI1@WESTAT.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Ian Whitlock <WHITLOI1@WESTAT.COM>
Subject:      Re: Best Ways To Learn SAS?
Comments: To: Doug Zirbel <doug_zirbel@MSN.COM>,
          "Delaney, Kevin P." <khd8@CDC.GOV>
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Kevin, Doug,

First what are the requirements?

Modest intelligence Hungry enough Available information Means to execute SAS

If these conditions are sufficiently satisfied then you will learn SAS. There are trade offs. For example, some intelligence can be exchanged to more hunger. As the means to execute SAS gets easier the hunger level can drop.

So the question should be how will the four requirements be met? For each requirement one might rank methods of supplying the requirement from easiest to hardest. The one that is probably hardest to control is "personal motivation", what I labeled as "hungry enough". Consequently I see it as the greatest reason for the failure to learn good SAS.

-----Original Message----- From: Doug Zirbel [mailto:doug_zirbel@MSN.COM] Sent: Wednesday, July 24, 2002 3:00 PM To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: Best Ways To Learn SAS?

This is part of the ongoing research I'm calling "10 Things Experienced SAS Programmers Should Know". Kevin Delaney replied that ranking "Best Ways To Learn SAS" would be helpful. Here are his items. Please feel free to rank to **your top 10** of these, assigning a 10 to the most effective and a 1 to the least effective in your opinion (the rest you can leave unchecked). ============================ From a Mentor Subscribe to SAS-L Use Use SAS Tech Support The Online Documentation The SAS System Help Hard copy of the Manuals SAS Books By Users SAS Institute and SAS Alliance Partner Courses SAS Class Notes (available by taking a SAS institute course, or from SAS Institute Publishing) Read Sugi/SUG Papers Write a paper for a SUG or a SUGI Present a paper at a SUGI or a SUG/LUG Attend a SUG(LUG) or a SUGI (try not to drink too much) Read code written by people you work with Set up a user group within your workgroup, help other people with coding problems Re-read code you have written in the past, try to come up with another way to accomplish the same task Curiosity A desire to learn Practice(trial and error messages) Spending time working through examples Applying code examples presented in papers or on SAS-L to your own work ============================ If you have other methods not covered here, please send them in! Thanks, Doug Zirbel

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