What\'s Hot, What\'s Not: Skills For SAS® Professionals (35 Minutes)
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As a new generation of SAS® user emerges, current and prior generations of users have an extensive array of procedures, programming tools, approaches and techniques to choose from. This presentation ...

As a new generation of SAS® user emerges, current and prior generations of users have an extensive array of procedures, programming tools, approaches and techniques to choose from. This presentation identifies and explores the areas that are hot and not-so-hot in the world of the professional SAS user. Topics include Enterprise Guide, PROC SQL, JMP, PROC REPORT, Macro Language, ODS, DATA step programming techniques such as arrays and hashing, sasCommunity.org®, LexJansen.com, JMP®, and Output Delivery System (ODS).

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  • 1. Whats Not – Skills for SAS® , Professionals A presentation byKirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp
  • 2. Copyright © 2007-2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp All rights reserved.SAS is the registered trademark of SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC,USA.All other company and product names mentioned are used foridentification purposes only and may be trademarks of theirrespective owners. Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 2
  • 3. Quick Survey Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 3
  • 4. Presentation Objectives The SAS What’s Hot What’s ImprovingProfessional Hot? Topics Not So Skills / Hot? Expertise Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 4
  • 5. Tables Used in Examples Movies Actors Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 5
  • 6. Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 6
  • 7. The Free Dictionary by Farlex, defines a skill as “the proficiency,facility, or dexterity that is acquired or developed through training or experience.” Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 7
  • 8. The services and skills you plan to offer should be geared to adding value in an already highly competitive marketplace. Lafler and Shipp Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 8
  • 9. Taking Inventory of Your Skills• Identify the skills you currently possess  DATA/PROC step programming  Macro programming  Database design  ODS and specialized output  Web development  Technical writing  Statistical analysis  and so on . . . Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 9
  • 10. Taking Inventory of Your Skills• Identify the skills you currently possess  DATA/PROC step programming  Macro programming  Database design  ODS and specialized output  Web development  Technical writing  Statistical analysis  and so on . . .• Rank each skill  Expert  Proficient  Some working knowledge  None Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 10
  • 11. Taking Inventory of Your Skills• Identify level of competence  Cutting edge  Competitive  Out-of-date Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 11
  • 12. Taking Inventory of Your Skills• Identify level of competence  Cutting edge  Competitive  Out-of-date• Categorize skills by functional discipline  Programming  Design  Analysis  Analytics  Data Cleaning  Teaching  Documentation  Marketing  and so on . . . Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 12
  • 13. Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 13
  • 14. What’s• Enterprise Guide – GUI point-and-click front-end application• Hash Object – “Fast” table lookups, merges, and joins• ODS – RTF, PDF, HTML, XML, and Excel Destinations and Tagsets• PROC SQL – Queries, Tables, Views, Case Logic, Joins, Subqueries• PROC REPORT – Detail and Summary Reporting• Macro Language – Reusable Code and Tools• Access SAS Environment – Dictionary Tables and SASHELP Views• SAS/XML – Share Structured Data• Business Intelligence (BI)• http://support.sas.com –Technical Support, Online Documentation• sasCommunity.org – Social Networking, Blogs, Tech Support• SAS-L – List Serve of archived Technical Support Help• LexJansen.com – Repository of “Published” SAS Papers• SAS Certification – SAS Certified Professional Exams• JMP software – Statistical and Data Visualization Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 14
  • 15. Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 15
  • 16. sasCommunity.org Main Page Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 16
  • 17. sasCommunity.org Features• Primary user interface• GUI look-and-feel interface• Organized into parts  Hyperlink Keywords  Log-in and Account Links  Special-purpose Tabs  Body – Welcome, Blogger’s Corner and Forums  Special-purpose Hyperlink Icons Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 17
  • 18. The Main Page – Dissected Hyperlink Keywords Special-purpose Tabs Account Log-in Body Portion Special-purpose Icons Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 18
  • 19. “Quick” Popular Links – Features• Quick access to major categories• Each category serves as a hyperlink• Major categories include:  Blogs on sasCommunity.org Planet  Collaborate with SAS  Events  Geographies  Opportunity Registry  Presentations  Provider’s Registry  SAS Books  User Groups  Topics Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 19
  • 20. Popular Links Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 20
  • 21. Bloggers Corner – Features• Blogs created and defined by SAS users• Found on sasCommunity.org Planet• 31 blogs exist• Articles (topics) are arranged alphabetically• A partial listing of topics include:  SAS Global Forum  JMP Blog  DATA steps  Macro Code  The SAS Dummy  PROC SQL  Statistical Analysis Consulting  Study SAS Blog  Avocet Solutions  ProcRun; Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 21
  • 22. SAS Global Forum Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 22
  • 23. Bloggers Corner Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 23
  • 24. Upcoming Events – Features• Information on upcoming SAS-related events• Click on the Events keyword hyperlink• Found in the Events category• SAS Software related events include:  User Group meeting  Training classes  Webcasts• Currently, 5 subcategories exist:  Audio Conferences  User Group Meetings  Conferences  Webcasts  Training Classes Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 24
  • 25. Events Page Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 25
  • 26. Groups – Staying Connected Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 26
  • 27. Sasopedia – Features• Virtual area where users can provide factual information and tips on SAS Software• Addresses Frequently Asked Questions• Click on the Sasopedia keyword hyperlink• Information is organized by:  Procedure  Product/Solution  Statement  Topic Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 27
  • 28. Using the Sasopedia Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 28
  • 29. Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 29
  • 30. Hash Objects• A Hash object is a data structure• Contains an array of items that map “keys” to their associated values• Implemented as a DATA step construct• Not available in PROCs• At the end of the process the hash object is removed Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 30
  • 31. How Hash Objects Work• The contents of a table are read into memory once• SAS can then repeatedly access it, as necessary• Memory-based operations are typically faster than disk- based operations• Users experience faster search, table lookup and merge (or join) operations MOVIES Table ACTORS Table TITLE TITLE ACTOR_LEADING ACTOR_SUPPORTING Brave Heart Brave Heart Mel Gibson Sophie Marceau ... Christmas Vacation Chevy Chase Beverly D’Angelo Christmas Vacation Coming to America Eddie Murphy Arsenio Hall Coming to America ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 31
  • 32. Hash Object Syntax• The hash object is used by calling methods• 26 known methods exist• Basic syntax:  Name of the hash table (user-assigned)  Dot  Desired method by name  Specification to pass to the method• Examples: HashKey.DefineKey( ); HashKey.Find( ); Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 32
  • 33. Hash Object Methods We’ll DiscussMethod DescriptionADD Adds data associated with key to hash object.DEFINEDATA Defines data to be stored in hash object.DEFINEDONE Specifies that all key and data definitions are complete.DEFINEKEY Defines key variables to the hash object.FIND Determines whether the key is stored in the hash object.OUTPUT Creates one or more data sets containing the data in the hash object. Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 33
  • 34. Merge with a Hash Objectdata hash_match_merge; if 0 then set actors; /* load variable properties into hash tables */ if _n_ = 1 then do; declare Hash Titles (dataset:’actors’); /* declare the name Titles for hash */ Titles.DefineKey (‘Title’); /* identify variables to use as keys */ Titles.DefineData (‘Actor_Leading’, ‘Actor_Supporting’); /* identify columns of data */ Titles.DefineDone (); /* complete hash table definition */ end; set movies; if titles.find(key:title) = 0 /* lookup TITLE in MOVIES table with hash Titles */ then output;run; Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 34
  • 35. Merge with a Hash Objectdata hash_match_merge; if 0 then set actors; /* load variable properties into hash tables */ if _n_ = 1 then do; declare Hash Titles (dataset:’actors’); /* declare the name Titles for hash */ Titles.DefineKey (‘Title’); /* identify variables to use as keys */ Titles.DefineData (‘Actor_Leading’,1 ‘Actor_Supporting’); /* identify columns of data */ Titles.DefineDone (); /* complete hash table definition */ end; set movies; if titles.find(key:title) = 0 /* lookup TITLE in MOVIES table with hash Titles */ then output;run; Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 35
  • 36. Merge with a Hash Objectdata hash_match_merge;2 if 0 then set actors; /* load variable properties into hash tables */ if _n_ = 1 then do; declare Hash Titles (dataset:’actors’); /* declare the name Titles for hash */ Titles.DefineKey (‘Title’); /* identify variables to use as keys */ Titles.DefineData (‘Actor_Leading’, ‘Actor_Supporting’); /* identify columns of data */ Titles.DefineDone (); /* complete hash table definition */ end; set movies; if titles.find(key:title) = 0 /* lookup TITLE in MOVIES table with hash Titles */ then output;run; Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 36
  • 37. Merge with a Hash Object data hash_match_merge; if 0 then set actors; /* load variable properties into hash tables */3 if _n_ = 1 then do; declare Hash Titles (dataset:’actors’); /* declare the name Titles for hash */ Titles.DefineKey (‘Title’); /* identify variables to use as keys */ Titles.DefineData (‘Actor_Leading’, ‘Actor_Supporting’); /* identify columns of data */ Titles.DefineDone (); /* complete hash table definition */ end; set movies; if titles.find(key:title) = 0 /* lookup TITLE in MOVIES table with hash Titles */ then output; run; Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 37
  • 38. Merge with a Hash Objectdata hash_match_merge; if 0 then set actors; /* load variable properties into hash tables */ if _n_ = 1 then do; declare Hash Titles (dataset:’actors’); /* declare the name Titles for hash */ Titles.DefineKey (‘Title’); /* identify variables to use as keys */ Titles.DefineData (‘Actor_Leading’, ‘Actor_Supporting’); /* identify columns of data */ Titles.DefineDone (); /* complete hash table definition */ end; set movies;4 if titles.find(key:title) = 0 /* lookup TITLE in MOVIES table with hash Titles */ then output;run; Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 38
  • 39. Merge Results with a Hash Object Movies Actors Hash_match_merge Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 39
  • 40. Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 40
  • 41. What’s Not so Hot• SAS/ASSIST®• SAS/FSP®• SAS/AF®• Screen Component Language®• DATA _NULL_ ‒> Monospace “Custom” Reporting Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 41
  • 42. Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 42
  • 43. Improving Skills / Expertise• SAS-led courses (lecture / hands-on workshops)• Non-SAS Institute Instructor-led courses• Self-paced computer-based training (CBT)• Technical Support at http://support.sas.com• Online SAS documentation in PDF and HTML format• User-written books from SAS Press, Books by Users (BBU)• “White” papers:  sasCommunity.org  support.sas.com  LexJansen.com• User Group presentations and Hands-on workshops• Webinars and other content on sasCommunity.org• Collaborate with others (using LinkedIn and User Groups) Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 43
  • 44. Certified Professional ExamsThree Key Areas of Certification Testing:• SAS Programming• Predictive Modeling• Data Warehousing Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 44
  • 45. SAS Programming CredentialsTwo Credentials:• SAS Certified Base Programmer Credential  SAS Base Programming Exam for SAS 9• SAS Certified Advanced Programmer Credential  SAS Base Programming Exam for SAS 9  SAS Advanced Programming Exam for SAS 9 Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 45
  • 46. Predictive Modeling CredentialOne Credential:• SAS Predictive Modeling Using SAS Enterprise Miner 5.2  Predictive Modeling Using SAS Enterprise Miner 5.2 Exam Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 46
  • 47. Data Warehousing CredentialsTwo Credentials:• SAS Certified Warehouse Development Specialist Credential  SAS Advanced Programming Exam for SAS 9  SAS Warehouse Technology Exam  SAS Warehouse Development Specialist Concepts Exam• SAS Certified Warehouse Architect Credential  SAS Warehouse Technology Exam  SAS Warehouse Architect Concepts Exam Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 47
  • 48. Conclusion Improving The World of Skills / the SAS Expertise Professional What’s Not So Hot? Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp
  • 49. PROC SQL A Book for Beyond the Basics All SAS Using SAS Users Kirk Paul Laflersas Available at www.sas.com! Coming Winter 2004! Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp
  • 50. Learn how to Build, Store and Access Developing Custom Functions Custom SAS® Using the FCMP Procedure Functions with the FCMP Procedure Odyssey Kirk Paul Laflerpress Press Coming in Winter 2004! Coming September 2012! Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp 50
  • 51. An Introduction to Hash Programming Techniques Using SAS® SoftwareOdyssey Kirk Paul Lafler Press Coming in October 2012! Coming Winter 2004!Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp
  • 52. A Book of SAS® Best Best Practice Coding Practices: Techniques and Blueprint for Developing Examples Maintainable Code Using SAS Software Odyssey Kirk Paul Laflerpress Press Coming Winter 2004! in March 2013! Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk Paul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp
  • 53. Thank You for Attending!Questions?Kirk Paul Lafler Charles Edwin Shipp KirkLafler@cs.comPaul Lafler and Charles Edwin Shipp Copyright 2007 - 2012 by Kirk CharlieShipp@aol.com 53