Friday, November 15, 2013

SAS 9.3 Supports Java 7

SAS supports Java 7 in the latest revision of SAS 9.3. Details can be found at Installation Note 49296. SAS 9.3 continues to fully support Java 6. SAS 9.4 requires Java 7.

For some users, the improved security features of Java 7 will be a reason to upgrade. Oracle has said it stopped development for Java 6 in February. Using an end-of-life version of any software can be a sign that it’s time to upgrade. The idea of relying on an unsupported version of Java is especially uncomfortable given Java’s recent history of security issues. Those users upgrading to Windows 8, where only Java 7 is supported, will probably want to upgrade SAS to 9.4 if they can, but at sites where SAS 9.4 is not yet available, they have the option of continuing to use SAS 9.3.

Monday, November 11, 2013

SAS on Windows 8

SAS Installation Note 46876 explains the limitations of SAS support for Windows 8. To simplify, the latest revisions of SAS 9.3 and 9.4 are validated for use under professional editions of Microsoft Windows 8.0 and 8.1, but you have to be careful about having a compatible browser and Java version.

SAS is still working on a 32-bit version of SAS 9.4 for December 2013 release. When that is available, there will be a wider range of possible configurations for SAS 9.4.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Waiting for SAS 9.4

SAS 9.4 is on its way “soon,” after a preview at SAS Global Forum accompanied by a projection that the release would arrive in a matter of months or weeks. From the programmer’s point of view, the key new features that have been announced so far are support for:

  • The latest Microsoft operation system
  • HTML 5 as the default ODS destination
  • Epub, the popular HTML 5 ebook format, as an ODS destination
  • Server clustering and cloud deployment
  • Security integration
  • An expanded PROC DS2, which works like a procedural programming add-on for SQL

Based the chatter I have been hearing so far, I expect SAS 9.4 to have a very high degree of source code compatibility with previous releases, just as SAS 9.3 did. Of course, you never know for sure until the experts try a suite of representative code, and at this point, we are only waiting and speculating.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

XSL Procedure Goes Production in SAS 9.3

The XSL procedure is marked as production-ready in the second maintenance release of SAS 9.3. In truth, the earlier XSL procedure going back to SAS 9.2 was probably stable enough to rely on, but now SAS has given its stamp of approval to the procedure. The XSL procedure applies transformations to XML documents to produce other forms of XML or other documents such as PDF. The XML library engine in SAS cannot import every form of an XML table, so the XSL procedure could be especially useful in filling that gap by translating the XML data you have to a form of XML that SAS can import as a data set.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

First Look: Professional SAS Programming Secrets cover

book cover

Professional SAS Programming Secrets is updated for SAS 9.3, and the resulting 4th edition should be available [update:] June 10, 2014. It is not a major revision for Professional SAS Programming Secrets, but there are new features to mention in almost every chapter. Here is a first look at the new cover design. The picture incorporates one of the Black Marble images of Earth released by NASA one month ago.