SAS Tips and Tricks

Summary

SAS Tips and Tricks consists of half days/full days of knowledge transfer in SAS programming language and are organized by an motivated SAS Expert who combines theory and demonstration to helps you refreshing your SAS skills, discover news technics and meet other experts.

Organized for employees, sessions are organized on a monthly basis in our business center (near Brussels-North train station) and, to guaranty an optimal quality, the number of participants is limited to 8 persons. Contact us to assist to a session (scheduled or not) or click the register button in the course details, we will recontact you with more informations.

You cannot find a topic you would like to follow or would like to follow the session individually at your best conveniance? Please Contact us in order to see if we could organize a SAS Coaching that suits perfectly your needs.

Topic list

The SAS data step is the most important step of a SAS program and corresponds to the step where the data are created. This tips and tricks guides you on the major statements of this step allowing you to create data in the best way.

A Slowly Changing Dimension (SCD) is a dimension that stores and manages both current and historical data over time in a data warehouse. It is considered and implemented as one of the most critical ETL tasks in tracking the history of dimension records. Different SCD strategies could be implemented and this tips and tricks is focused on SCD1 where records are updated no history is kept and SCD2 where history is kept,

XML files are not simple line of records, they have a hierarchy and they are not easy to create programmatically. Sometimes software cannot create complex XML files and it becomes mandatory to pass through this step. In this tips and tricks, we will see how we can create XML in Data Step.

Windows scheduler can be used to execute automatically SAS code at specific moment of the day or at specific days of the month. They execute the same code every time but, thanks to macro, the output result could change thanks to the environment (data, time, user (etc.).)

Gathering job statistics could help you to detect proactively problems in your data by comparing current values with their estimated values. The idea behind is to collect as much as possible information on your daily run processes (number of records, times it take, number of missing (etc.)) and store them in an historical table. If the values of the current run differs with the values of previous run for the same jobs, this could indicate potential problem.

Getting quickly metadata information on your datasets could be useful in some context of conditional execution of SAS programs (e.g.: Don't execute this step if empty dataset). Different methods exists to achieve that: using metadata functions, using Proc contents, or dictionary tables.

Level= Intermediate

Log files contains tons of useful information, they help you when you have syntax errors, warnings and notes but you could use your logs in order to monitor your daily processes and identify the potential bottlenecks.

Using a SAS table to control job execution can be useful when lot of jobs have to be scheduled regularly but depending on circumstance some don't have to be scheduled. In normal situation we would have to adapt the job scheduler and this could be time consuming. You could use instead a SAS Dataset or Excel spreadsheet where all the jobs are listed with a flag variable indicating the list of jobs to schedule.

This tips and tricks goes beyond of the simple Base SAS Report creation and helps you to organize and export them to PDF, XLSX or HTML using ODS. An introduction to other technics will be done as well.

It's not always easy to choose between Proc SQL and Data Step programming. In this tips and tricks, we will see the big differences between Proc SQL and Data Step and list the pro's and the con's of both of them.

Level= Intermediate

Indexes are special reference tables that the SAS engine can use to speed up data retrieval. Simply put, an index is a pointer to data in a table. In this tips and tricks we will discuss how you can create and use SAS indexes.

SAS formats are instruction that SAS uses to write data values. You use formats to control the written appearance of data values, or, in some cases, to group data values together for analysis. You can create format manually with hardcoded values or from datasets, you can store them in permanent library, share them and also use build-in format (etc.) every thing you want to know about SAS format should be present in this tips and tricks.

Level= Beginner

Starting with a new software and programming language is not easy. This tips and tricks helps you to understand the basics in SAS and how to access your data , sample data and help files in order to start in the good direction.

This site uses cookies. .

By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Review our cookies information for more details.