Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2008 02:15:16 -0700
Reply-To: RolandRB <rolandberry@HOTMAIL.COM>
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From: RolandRB <rolandberry@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Extending the power of SAS software using other software
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On Jul 4, 8:20 am, ohri2...@GMAIL.COM (ajay ohri) wrote:
> Wow! Great and Useful stuff especially for statistical niche uses (R,S Plus)
> , cost optimization and multiple platform computing.
> SAS is king still (though the price hurts) !
> and a Happy 4 th July to all of you.
I can't see this happening in the real world but if a company wanted
the data handling power of sas plus brilliant graphics and
comprehensive statistics and all on the cheap then there is nothing to
stop them using WPS as a SAS replacement and calling other software
packages in batch mode (WPS supports the "X" system command though it
says it is only meaningful for Windows). How to call other software
packages in batch mode is easy. I explain it on the following page.
Note that although you get the functionality cheap, your programmers
need to be able to code in more than one language so you have to train
them and hope you can find enough programmers. So although you have
saved on the software licence side, this has to be offset against the
extra costs of training and the difficulty of finding suitable staff.
Also, the style of working would be unique to the organisation and
would likely have to remain within the organisation. This is why I
don't see it happening. The SAS licence fees may seem less exorbitant
if translated into staff saving costs.
> On Fri, Jul 4, 2008 at 9:51 AM, KL <Kev.L.Sc...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Jul 3, 2:20 pm, RolandRB <rolandbe...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> > > Extending the power of SAS software using other software packages
> > >http://www.datasavantconsulting.com/roland/sasplus.html
> > Useful information. Some useful tools that I use when I have to
> > utilize R, MATLAB, and other system executables are the %xlog %xlst
> > macros. These are delivered in sas/core which is associated with every
> > SAS install. These macros pipe commands to the OS which allows for
> > more information to be gathered with respect to OS errors.
> > %xlog takes one argument which is to be executed with the command
> > shell of the OS you are running and it returns STDOUT and STDERR back
> > to the SAS log location(unless they are redirected).
> > %xlst takes one argument which is to be executed with the command
> > shell of the OS you are running and it returns the STDOUT and STDERR
> > back to the SAS output location(unless they are redirected).
> > Unix directory listing example:
> > %xlog(ls -la);
> > %xlst(ls -la);
> > Windows example:
> > %xlog(dir);
> > %xlst(dir);- Hide quoted text -
> - Show quoted text -