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SAS For Dummies by Chris Hemedinger, Stephen McDaniel

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Chapter 17

The New World Meets the Old: Programmers and SAS Enterprise Guide

In This Chapter

bullet Working with projects

bullet Getting the most from SAS tasks

bullet Flexing your power with parameters

bullet Noting a few things that you can’t do

SAS programmers can sometimes be . . . um (how to say this nicely?) . . . set in their ways. Although painting a whole class of people as having inflexible tendencies isn’t fair, long-time SAS programmers tend to carry more legacy than folks who work in other areas of technology. After all, if the techniques you have been using to do your job for 20 years are still working, what’s your incentive to change?

In this chapter, you can read about the productivity gains that you can enjoy when you add SAS Enterprise Guide to your SAS programming toolbox. You will see how to perform old tasks in a new way as well as how to accomplish some tasks that would be have been very difficult — if not impossible — without the benefit of an integrated tool like SAS Enterprise Guide.

The times, they are a-changin’

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