[Python-au] Re: FW: "Whiting, Jenny (INDEX)": Seeking your help
Thu, 24 Jan 2002 20:06:45 -0800 (PST)
-- Reinhold wrote:
> What on earth is SAS/BASE?
SAS/BASE is the core component of the SAS product suite.
It's SAS's DBMS and query language (which transmogrified
into a dreadfully cludgey semi-general-purpose language).
SAS is about analysis -- eg. statistical agencies use SAS.
If you have a table 'Customer', you can
select Name from Customer
using something like:
... it gets cludgey very quickly using this programming
paradigm ... but it may just be that I don't know how
to use it properly (but I doubt it <wink>).
You should see 'print' statement. Like python, SAS puts
a space between things you print and you can alter how many
spaces like this:
print a +30 b
so there are 30 spaces between a and b.
If you don't want the space, the only way to get rid of it
print a +(-1) b
You see this in quite a bit of SAS code. As far as I could
tell, this is the only way to do any output to stdout or
a file from SAS.
It's been a year or so since I did about a month of SAS
programming, but I think I know enough about it to recommend
against using it for anything other than what it's good
<me>prepares for barrage of corrections from SAS users</me>
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