SAS Enterprise Guide: Do You Know Its Top Three Unknown Benefits?
Sunil Gupta, www.SASSavvy.com, joins us today with three tips for using SAS Enterprise Guide. He runs the SAS-Savvy website, which I reviewed in the Are You SAS Savvy post.
Top Three Unknown Benefits of SAS Enterprise Guide
Are you familiar with these three powerful SAS Enterprise Guide features? If you are, then you already know what I am talking about. Once I asked SAS tech support “Could SAS Enterprise Guide …”, and discovered that yes, SAS Enterprise Guide can, I started to apply the features daily. I hope you too can benefit from my discovery.
1 – Split the Workspace Screen to Compare Items
The first feature is the ability to split the workspace screen to view multiple windows, such as the SAS program and dataset or log files simultaneously. For me, cross-referencing SAS code with the SAS log and SAS dataset helps to provide a complete picture of my SAS program design. This benefit, combined with the second benefit, reinforces that SAS Enterprise Guide is not just for non-technical professionals, but also for the SAS programmer die-hards!
2 – Save Multiple Queries
The second feature is the power to save queries of multiple intermediate datasets such as sorts and filters for each data review step within a SAS program. For example, there could be missing values or patients with data issues that may cause unexpected results. SAS has a built-in system for us to trouble-shoot our SAS programs with step-by-step review of each intermediate dataset. What a concept! Without this great feature, you would have to ‘re-invent’ the wheel for each condition, select variables and sort query datasets for the debugging purpose of eachstep. Who can remember all of these details or has the time to retype the SAS code?
[Check out this free resource that compares SAS Enterprise Guide vs. SAS Display Manager at the SAS Savvy site.]
3 -Use the Ordered List
The third and final feature is the ability to run production SAS programs using the ORDER LIST option. Most organizations have a sequence of SAS programs they need to run on a regular basis. Who wants to manually submit each SAS program? This is a waste of time since you would not only need to monitor when the SAS program is done, but also need to track which SAS program to run next.
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