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Date:         Tue, 2 Dec 2003 14:25:23 -0500
Reply-To:     Gerry <GPauline@FSMAIL.PACE.EDU>
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From:         Gerry <GPauline@FSMAIL.PACE.EDU>
Subject:      NYASUG Meeting Coming Up !
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NYASUG Meeting Announcement

For members of SAS-L in the Tri-State area who are also members of the New York Area SAS Users Group (NYASUG):

The next meeting of the New York Area SAS Users Group will be on Wednesday, December 10, 2003. This will be a half day meeting with 3 scheduled presentations.

The theme of this meeting is Applications Development Tools and Tips. The presentations will be by noted SAS author Frank DiIorio and SAS-L star Howard Schreier.

This meeting is being held at the Bank of New York, and we thank them for hosting the meeting ! Directions to the BONY site are at the end of this text.

The following are abstracts of the scheduled presentations:

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Dictionary Tables: Essential Tools for Serious Applications By Frank DiIorio and Jeff Abolafia

Dictionary tables were introduced to the SAS System during the mid-life of Version 6. Laden with information that is often difficult, and sometimes impossible, to get through other means, they still appear to be on the outside of many programmers' Bag of Tricks. This is both perplexing and unfortunate for as we will see in this paper, once their content and organization is understood, they are readily adapted for a range of applications that "are only limited by your imagination." Indeed, it is difficult to think of a robust, generalized system utility that would not benefit from use of this metadata.

This paper describes dictionary tables and their associated SASHELP library views. It:

* presents scenarios that show how they can be used

* gives high-level descriptions of some of the more important (a relative term, to be sure) tables

* identifies features of SQL and the macro language that are commonly used when writing programs that effectively use the tables

* shows examples of the tables' use, emphasizing the use of SQL and the macro language interface

The listener should come away from the discussion with an understanding of the tables as well as with a checklist of SQL skills that are required to use the tables most effectively.

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The SAS Debugging Primer By Frank DiIorio

Meet an accomplished SAS programmer and you meet someone who's probably learned by making (and fixing) lots of mistakes along the way. The breadth of the SAS System's target applications, the variety of its "dialects" (Base SAS, macro, SCL, IML, SQL), and the quirky procedural/non-procedural environmental mix conspire to make mastery of the SAS System a slippery slope to ascend. Debugging is the art of gracefully recovering and learning from falls during the ascent.

This paper discusses techniques for debugging SAS programs. Its purpose is two-fold. First, it provides behavioral and technical tips for fixing code (how to read error messages in the SAS Log, knowing when there is a problem with the program even if SAS says there isn't, using the DATA step debugger, identifying system options, using PROCs for data validation, using macro variables to control debugging output, etc.) The second focus of the paper is its presentation of design and coding methods that make the programming process more reliable, thus reducing the need for debugging in the first place.

The paper's target audience is relative newcomers to the SAS System. More seasoned users may find or rediscover some of the techniques and features being discussed. Emphasis is placed on Base SAS and the macro language, although the techniques themselves are applicable to SCL and other products.

Biography

Frank DiIorio is President of CodeCrafters, Inc. and is the author of "SAS Applications Programming: A Gentle Introduction" and (with Ken Hardy) "Quick Start to Data Analysis with SAS" Both titles are part of SAS Institute's Books by Users series and have sold over 25,000 copies. His new book, "The Elements of SAS Programming Style," (working title) will be published "real soon now."

Frank has been active in SUGI and numerous local SAS user groups, presenting many tutorial and application-oriented papers. He has been active in the SAS Users Group (SESUG) since its inception, co-chairing the 1994 and 1996 conferences.

When not writing *about* SAS, Frank writes in SAS, primarily data management and reporting applications in the pharmaceutical industry. A native New Yorker, he has lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina since 1974 and sort of buys into its claim of being the "Southern Part of Heaven."

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Using the FTP Access Method By Howard Schreier

Recent versions of SAS provide the FTP Access Method, which can be invoked via the FILENAME statement to directly integrate the Internet's File Transfer Protocol with SAS input/output processes. This paper explains and illustrates the use of this feature.

Biography

Howard Schreier is an economist by training. He serves the U.S. Department of Commerce in an information management role. He has used SAS since 1981, and has given presentations at SUGI, NESUG, and SESUG conferences. Since 1989 he has made more than 1,500 postings on SAS-L.

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Schedule

09:00 - 10:00 The SAS Debugging Primer

10:00 - 10:30 Random Access And Break

10:30 - 11:30 Using The FTP Access Method

11:30 - 12:30 Dictionary Tables: Essential Tools For Serious Applications

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Directions

Check the Website for any last minute changes. Bring your copy of the Newsletter for identification. In addition, you will be asked for a photo id or to turn on or check your laptop. Please be courteous and understanding with security personnel. Thanks.

Bank of New York 10th Floor Auditorium 101 Barclay Street New York, NY 10286

The Bank of New York is located one Block North of the former World Trade Center between Greenwich and West Streets, Barclay and Park Place. The Main Entrance is on Greenwich. Park Place is closed. A lot has changed downtown since 2001, so it might be a good idea to allow extra time. We will post last minute changes and additions on our web site.

By Subway

Take IND (A,C,E) to Chambers Street stop, exit at Park Place walk 2 blocks west to Greenwich. West side IRT (1 or 9) to Chambers Street, Walk 1 block west to Greenwich and 3 blocks south to Park Place, IRT (2 or 3) to Park Place walk 2 blocks west to Greenwich. Eastside IRT (4 or 5) to Broadway Nassau walk north to Park Place and west to Greenwich. BMT(N, R) to City Hall, walk 1 block south to Park Place and 3 blocks west to Greenwich.

By Bus

M9, M10 or M22 to Battery Park City

By Car

Take West Street (West Side Highway) and turn onto Murray Street. There is limited parking in the area.

From New Jersey

By train to Hoboken and then the New York Waterway ferry from Hoboken to the downtown terminal. Other ferries go from Port Imperial to the 38th Street Terminal or the NY Waterway bus downtown express.

By Bus from NJ to Port Authority and then go downtown on the IND trains.

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For further information about this meeting, or the New York Area SAS Users Group, please contact:

Henny Wolland Henrietta.Wolland@Pfizer.Com


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