Date: Mon, 13 Apr 1998 17:21:03 -0400
Reply-To: "Bartells, Paul" <paul.bartells@US.ORIGIN-IT.COM>
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From: "Bartells, Paul" <paul.bartells@US.ORIGIN-IT.COM>
Subject: Re: learning SAS
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Personally, I think your supervisor is nuts! I have been programming
with SAS for the past five years. I've never had any formal training
beyond an introductory course about two years before I actually
started using it. I make heavy use of a number of SAS manuals. There
are many areas of SAS that I've never learned, such as PROC SQL, and
some that I have recently explored, like PROC REPORT. A lot depends
on how much time you have to develop the code and what requirements
are specified for output. Granted, the basics can be learned in a
couple of days, but there is a lot in SAS that isn't readily apparent.
And there are lots of special-purpose routines that you might never
need. As with any programming language, there are several ways to get
from here to there. Learning enough to be able to choose the best
path takes a while. I hope to get there some day.
5000 So. Bowen Rd.
Arlington, TX 76017
From: Peter [SMTP:597221@ICAN.NET]
Sent: Sunday, April 12, 1998 10:55 AM
Subject: learning SAS
As a relatively new SAS user I would appreciate some feedback on how
should/might take to learn to use SAS efficiently for managing and
exploratory data analysis with very large (million record)data sets,
different kinds of merging, data transformations, etc. I know this is
general question but I think a lot of people are out here struggling
Colleagues and I attended the SAS intermediate programming class
After the class the question came up about how easy or time consuming
should be to learn the material in the course book. Our supervisor
that with a day of extra study, she expected we should have learned
everything in the book "cold." She asked us to write programs
every concept covered in the class. This made me wonder if I just
have the aptitude to learn SAS quickly enough. I had previously worked
with SPSS, but nothing on this scale.
Any comments would be appreciated.