Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 17:54:11 -0500
Reply-To: Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET>
Subject: Re: Survey: Who uses keyboard abbreviations
I may be exhibiting bad citizenship, but I've never sent (to my
recollection at least) a recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org, and probably
However, through posts here and numerous email and in-person conversations
I've had with SAS staff, I have offered my opinion of what would increase
the software's useability, ease of use, capability and saleability.
Hopefully, Jim Goodnight hasn't gotten so far away from the actual
development and refinement issues that our rants (however we choose to
send them) won't go unnoticed.
If they care to talk with either of us, or any of the others on or not on
the list, I'm sure that they already know how to contact us.
And, yes, I do agree with your recommendation(s).
On Sun, 17 Feb 2008 07:57:30 -0500, Richard A. DeVenezia
>Arthur Tabachneck wrote:
>> In case any birdies are listening, I would like to see SAS
>> incorporate a search mechanism within the list of
>> macros/abbreviations. Since one can also store a description, as
>> well as the desired abbreviation, such a search capability could end
>> up being quite powerful.
>What we really need is a data/session aware intellisense. Intellisense
>the language completion aids and data aware for suggesting table name,
>variable name and other meta-context completion.
>In a 2007 fall users group conference, at the Futures Forum, I asked what
>was the prospect of beefing up the Enhanced Editor (EE)with these sorts of
>features. The muted reply was that there were little or no plans on
>updating EE. I was pretty shocked to hear such a statement. As customers
>you can tell SAS your desires (email@example.com) or disgust (walking away).
>Richard A. DeVenezia