Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2006 21:08:13 -0500
Reply-To: Gerhard Hellriegel <gerhard.hellriegel@T-ONLINE.DE>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Gerhard Hellriegel <gerhard.hellriegel@T-ONLINE.DE>
Subject: Re: Back again
The basics are the same as in 6. Means, what worked in 6 is working still in
Many new functions and new features with old ones. You should have a look
into the docu if you use them and have special requirements.
More SCL functions for data- and file handling are integrated in base-SAS
Many new formats, especially for national language support. e.g national
Long variable and dataset names and no longer the 200 byte limitation for
char variables (its now 32000 and some more, you know, a power of 2)
The output delivery system (ODS) which allows reporting output to be
converted in many standard formats.
For EXCEL I've found very good the HTML output, which EXCEL can work with
Cross environment libraries which supports automatic conversion of cross
platform data. This in connection with the zOS UNIX (OE) feature, not with
the "normal" zOS libraries.
On zOS: finally the full multivolume support!
Many procs need more memory than in 6. Don't work with REGION=6M or 8M.
Have a look on macro libraries, if you get problems with old programs: they
changed the record format from FB to VB. That might cause some trouble with
line numbers and option s=72 to cut them off. In most of the cases you must
not worry about that.
Only some thoughts about the things which have changed since V6.
There is a good documentation about "what's new". You'll find them on the
SAS support pages. Have a look into. that's interesting!