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Date:         Wed, 3 Nov 1999 07:02:02 -0500
Reply-To:     Mike Murphy <mmurphy@WORLD.STD.COM>
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From:         Mike Murphy <mmurphy@WORLD.STD.COM>
Subject:      Boston News
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----------------------------------------------------------- The Boston Area SAS Users Group Message List - November 3, 1999 ----------------------------------------------------------- Contents: - Quarterly Meeting, December 3, 1999 - Our Web Site - BASUG Contacts - How to subscribe/unsubscribe from this Message List

----------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------- Meeting Announcement ----------------------------------------------------------- -----------------------------------------------------------

WHAT: Quarterly BASUG Meeting

WHEN: Friday, December 3, 1999 - 8:30AM to 12:30PM

WHERE: Wyndham Garden Hotel 30 Wheeler Road Burlington, MA 01803 (directions below)

THEME: Webifying SAS: An Overview of the Technologies for Web Based Information Delivery


8:30 Coffee and registration 9:00 "Overview: 30,000 ft View of the Tools and Approaches to Putting SAS on the Web" 10:00 "A Case Study of Static Web Publishing with the SAS System" 11:00 "A Tour of Dynamic Webpplications with the SAS System"

RSVP: If you plan to attend the meeting, please send an e-mail to:

CONTACT: Elizabeth Axelrod Tel: (617) 349-2458 E-mail:

----------------------------------------------------------- ABSTRACTS AND BIOS: -----------------------------------------------------------

9:00 - 10:00 "OVERVIEW: 30,000 ft View of the Tools and Approaches to Putting SAS on the Web" by Greg Barnes Nelson and Mike Zdeb

* HTML * SAS Output formatting tools * Output Delivery System * SAS/IntrNet - Application Dispatcher - htmSQL * AppDev Studio - webAF - webEIS

10:00 - 11:00 "A Case Study of Static Web Publishing with the SAS System" by Mike Zdeb

The New York State Health Department maintains an intranet site known as the Health Information Network (HIN). The HIN is to provide information to and receive information from county health departments. One portion of this web site is devote to data used by counties to prepare a health planning document known as a community health assessment (CHA). SAS is used to prepare all the material on CHA portion of the HIN. DATA _NULL_ reporting is used to write tables in HTML, and SAS/GRAPH is used to produce graphics (bar charts and maps) in postscript that is later converted to PDF files.

This is an example of not using any of the SAS-supplied web tools to create web postings. Both HTML and PDF files are common file structures used on the web. Custom, data step programming was used since it was easier to create the exact output desired rather than tailoring the output to fit the SAS tools provided to create output for web posting.

Some of the ODS tools provided in Version 8 are now being used to produce maps that contain links to HTML tables. These links show 10-year time trends in the data posted in the tables created using the custom, data step programming. In addition to the ODS tools, Version 8 also provides a PDF graphics driver that eliminates the need to convert SAS/GRAPH postscript output to PDF using other, non-SAS software.

11:00 - 12:00 "A Tour of Dynamic Web Applications with the SAS System" by Greg Barnes Nelson

In this hour, we will explore some of the SAS IntrNet based tools for information delivery. Here we will walk through a simple application as we move it from SAS/AF to SAS/IntrNet to webAF showing the power and flexibility of SAS as a web development tool.

This session is meant to show what SAS is capable of and where these tools fit into an overall web framework. Code and samples pages will be available for download and step by step instructions on how to use them in your organization will be provided.

=========================================================== Mike Zdeb is a research scientist in the Division of Family Health at the New York State Department of Health and an Assistant Professor in the epidemiology program at the School of Public Health at the State University of NY at Albany. He conducts research on public health topics using the various databases maintained by the health department. Mike specializes in the area of computer graphics and the computer- assisted mapping of health data. He has been a SAS user for over ten years and has presented papers on many occasions for local SAS user groups, NESUG, and SUGI.

Greg Barnes Nelson is a Social Psychologist by training and a technologist at heart. His company, STATPROBE Technologies, develops web based information systems for research oriented companies. He is currently writing a book on exploiting SAS in server based environments. He serves on the steering, planning and executive committees of regional and international SAS user groups and just chaired the SouthEast SAS Users Group Conference in Mobile, Alabama.

=========================================================== DIRECTIONS:

Wyndham Garden Hotel 30 Wheeler Road Burlington, MA

- From route 128, get off at Exit 32B. - Turn LEFT at end of ramp. - Turn LEFT at next set of lights (onto Wheeler Road). - Wyndham Garden Hotel is on the LEFT.

----------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------- BASUG Web Site ----------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------- Our site on the World Wide Web always contains the latest information concerning upcoming meetings, positions available, coding tip of the week, and consultants for hire. There are new job openings added by local companies nearly every week.

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----------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------- BASUG Contacts: ----------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------- The Boston Area SAS Users Group (BASUG) // e-mail: // WWW: // US Mail: PO Box 253, Boston 02117

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