Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2010 09:07:01 -0400
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From: Michael Davis <michael@BASSETTCONSULTING.COM>
Subject: Re: SAS on mainframes
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Hello Max and other SAS-L Friends,
What, no Mikeeeeee
reply? It must be early.
You have and will get all sort
of information on this subject. Here are a few morsels to help you
1. Although it may not seem this way, SAS
essentially works the same on the mainframe as it does anywhere
else. One you are in a SAS session 90-95% of what you do in a
Windows SAS session work works just fine on the mainframe.
2. While it is possible (and probable) that you will be doing a
lot of SAS on the mainframe in batch, sooner or later, you'll want to gain
interactive access to SAS and your mainframe. You will need to use
whatever terminal emulator is supported at your site.
The big fun that will bite you where you sit is that mainframes like
EBCDIC character coding and everything else likes ASCII. You will
need to find an easy way to go between the two character coding schemes as
you move among platforms.
4. Mainframes (and many
Unix/Linus sites) are controlled by system administrators. Find out
the site standards (usually published) and make friends with the
5. When I was using a mainframe, I lived
by two books (plus Mikeeeee's books).
Murach's OS/390 and z/OS
by Doug Lowe and Raul Menendez
21 chapters, 559 pages, 240
ISBN-10: 1-890774-14-6; ISBN-13: 978-1-890774-14-1
zOS JCL, 5th Edition [Paperback]
Gary DeWard Brown
Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 5 edition (June 7, 2002)
On Fri, October 15, 2010
2:39 am, bbser2009 wrote:
> Hi there,
> Could anyone tell me what's the big difference between
Windows SAS and
> mainframe SAS?
> How hard it is if I
would like to transfer from Windows to mainframes?
used DOS systems and then always stay with Windows. I know nothing
> Unix or Linux.
> Regards, Max
Michael L. Davis
Ambler PA 19002-6016