Paper 145-2012 SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3: Finally a Programmer’s Tool

Paper 145-2012 SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3: Finally a Programmer’s Tool

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Paper 145-2012

SAS

®

Enterprise Guide

®

4.3: Finally a Programmer’s Tool

Marje Fecht, Prowerk Consulting, Canada and USA

Rupinder Dhillon, Dhillon Consulting, Toronto, ON, Canada

ABSTRACT

Have you been programming in SAS for a while and just aren’t sure how SAS Enterprise Guide can help you?

This presentation demonstrates how SAS programmers can use SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3 as their primary interface to

SAS, while maintaining the flexibility of writing their own customized code.

We explore:

 navigating the views and menus

 using SAS Enterprise Guide to access existing programs and enhance processing

 exploiting the enhanced development environment including syntax completion and built-in function help

 using Code Analyzer, Report Builder, and Document Builder

 adding Project Parameters and dynamic parameters to generalize the usability of programs and processes

 leveraging built-in capabilities available in SAS Enterprise Guide to further enhance the information you deliver.

Audience: SAS users who understand the basics of SAS programming and want to learn how to use SAS Enterprise

Guide. This paper is also appropriate for users of earlier versions of Enterprise Guide who would like to try out the enhanced features available in Enterprise Guide 4.3.

INTRODUCTION

This presentation is designed as a Hands-On Workshop, where the participants follow along and step through the usage and features of SAS Enterprise Guide. This paper follows a similar format.

I KNOW HOW TO PROGRAM IN SAS – HOW DO I NAVIGATE SAS ENTERPRISE GUIDE?

With all the windows and views and menus available in Enterprise Guide, it is hard to know where to start! For many

“long – time” SAS programmers, the initial view can send them running right back to their programming environment.

But, trust us, the benefits of Enterprise Guide are worth the time it takes to get used to all the features.

SAS Folders

Project Tree

Task Status

Command Menu

Project View

Task List

Server List

Process Flow

Active Data menu

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GETTING STARTED

The first time you open Enterprise Guide, you will see the Welcome to SAS Enterprise Guide Screen.

This screen gives you the option of launching the Enterprise Guide tutorial or working with new or existing programs, data, or projects. If you do not want this to be your default screen when you open Enterprise Guide, you can check the box labeled Don’t show this window again. Close the window, to be taken to the default view of Enterprise

Guide.

The main menu (menu bar at top of screen) allows you to access the various tasks and views that are available to you.

Although you may also access the tasks and views through tabs and shortcut buttons, the main menu organizes them into logical categories, making them easy to find.

As SAS Programmers, you know that the tasks you are expected to perform are seldom simple. More often than not, there are a series of SAS programs that you run in a sequence, with different types of output directed to different locations, along with all the intermediate and final SAS datasets that are generated.

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Enterprise Guide provides a mechanism to organize your work by allowing you to group sequences of tasks, data items and results into Projects. All of the code and tasks that you run within an Enterprise Guide session are part of your active Project and are each displayed as separate nodes within the Process Flow view and Project Tree view.

These nodes can be linked and organized in a logical sequence to form a Process Flow. You can save your Process

Flow as a part of a Project; and anytime the project is opened the same sequence of tasks can be easily executed. This helps you and your organization distribute and share information easily. The Process Flow view is used to display all of the task, data and code nodes that make up your Process Flow.

There are a number of ways that you can access your Process Flow view. From the main menu, select View

Process Flow.

You can also select

F4

or click the Process Flow tool in the menu bar. Once you begin building a flow, you will notice that the Process Flow view also displays the connections between your work components. Again, this allows you to see and visually inspect the organization of tasks, code and data associated with a Project.

You may prefer the Project Tree view (in the upper left of the above screen), which provides a more traditional

“Windows Explorer” hierarchical view of your projects. Select View

Project Tree from the main menu to open the

Project Tree view. Note that the Project Tree view does not display the flow (connection) within your projects.

BUT, I AM A PROGRAMMER – HOW DO I RUN MY FAVORITE PROGRAM IN ENTERPRISE GUIDE?

Enterprise Guide enables you to easily run existing SAS programs, using similar steps to what you would follow using the

SAS Display Manager windows. Let’s run a simple program and review the log and results using Enterprise Guide.

Throughout this workshop, we will be using the Shoes dataset from the SASHELP library.

To run an existing program using Enterprise Guide (See Appendix – Program_1.sas for example program), the

Open Program

 navigate to the location of your program

 select

The program opens in a new window tab.

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To view the process flow and then run the program,

Flow and Project Tree views. Notice the shortcut symbol with the code node, reminding you that this is a pointer to the locally stored version of Program_1

 run the program by selecting Run On Local from the POP MENU in the code node, OR by selecting Run from the context menu in the Process Flow view.

In this instance, we are running the SAS program using the Local version of SAS. You can change your connection settings to switch from a local SAS instance to a server instance or to switch from one server to another in the

Administration panel of your Options screen (Tools

Options Administration). The remainder of the examples in this paper assume that we are running on the Local Server.

When the program completes running, the Process Flow view shows the components created by program_1, as additional nodes.

Helpful Hint: To change the type of Results generated by a code node or task, right click on the node and select properties. Under the Results, click the checkbox beside the type of output you want to generate.

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VIEWING LOGS AND RESULTS

In the above window, notice that the only symbol attached to the code node is the shortcut symbol. However, if your program resulted in an error or warning, you would see an additional symbol such as an exclamation point. When you rest your mouse over the code node, in addition to providing basic information about your program, you may also be informed to check for warnings or errors.

To review the log messages, select Program_1 in the Context Menu, and then select the Log tab. As always, carefully check your log for any messages that require attention. Notice the Data and Results tabs that are also available.

Helpful Hint: If you would like your SAS Log to open automatically when you have an error, check the

Display SAS Log when Errors Occur option in your Results settings.

Helpful Hint: If you received an error or warning message about unsupported device ‘ACTIVEX’ for PDF

destination, you can either

Add options dev = actximg; to your SAS code prior to the ods pdf statement, or,

Change the default graphics driver from ActiveX to ActXImg using Tools

Options Results

Graph and select Graph Format of ActiveX image (SAS V9)

Since our example program produces an Excel Spreadsheet report and a PDF report as output, you can use your normal process for opening and reviewing the results (such as Windows Explorer). Or, you can select the results from the

Process Flow view to view the output. Each type of generated result will display as its own result node in your

Process Flow view. Further, if you select Program_1 from the Context Menu, you will see the program, log, and each output displaying in a separate tab, as below.

Note that when you select output such as an excel spreadsheet, you will be prompted about downloading the results.

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CUSTOMIZING THE WINDOWING ENVIRONMENT

Everyone has different preferences about how Enterprise Guide windows should work, and Enterprise Guide provides the flexibility for you to create a work space that works best for you. For example, Enterprise Guide windows can be

 docked and undocked

 resized to make best use of the real estate

 hidden so that you only display what you need and use

 opened as new horizontal or vertical tabs

 easily reopened using the main menu or shortcut buttons.

Helpful Hint: Unhappy with your window changes? Select the Restore Window Layout button in the

Options window.

GOODIES FOR THE PROGRAMMER – FOR EDITING

Enterprise Guide 4.3 includes many productivity enhancement tools for the programmer:

Integrated Documentation – if you rest your mouse over a SAS keyword, a pop-up window displays the SAS documentation describing the keyword or syntax.

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Syntax Suggestion / Autocomplete when coding – When you enter the first 2 letters of a SAS keyword, a list will pop-up displaying possible keywords you can select from. This includes available PROC options.

NOTE: Syntax suggestions INCLUDE user-defined Macro Variables and Macro names as long as they are defined through the active program. Macros and Macro Variables created through an autoexec are not included.

Autocomplete for SAS libraries and Datasets

Parenthesis Matching – very helpful for debugging macros, complicated expressions, and SQL code. This also works for brackets ( [ ] ) and braces ( { } ).

While all of these goodies are handy, they may also annoy you if you do not want help.

How do you turn these features off? To turn any of the autocomplete features off, go to

Tools

 Options  SAS Program  Editor Options.

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THAT WAS PAINLESS, BUT I NEED TO BE ABLE TO CHANGE CODE?

Suppose that you need to enhance existing code, rather than just run it. Navigate to the Program_1 code node and double click to open it if it isn’t already open; or select the tab if the code is already open. Once the code is open, you can make changes; you will find the editor commands are identical to the SAS Editor. Then simply rerun the code and review your results. You can save your changes from the main menu by selecting File

Save. Remember, each time you save a code node, you are actually saving (or replacing) a .sas program file.

If you have selected ‘Open the LOG when errors occur’ in your Options, then your log will now automatically appear if there are issues.

Helpful Hint: If you would like to run just a section of the code, highlight and submit just like you do in the SAS Display Manager Editors.

WORKING WITH DATA

When we ran Program_1, the generated dataset opened in a new tab called Output. If your program creates more than one dataset, you can select the dataset you want to look at by using the dropdown at the top of the output tab.

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Helpful Hint: The output tab is always open. To close a dataset that Enterprise Guide sees as open, right click on the dataset and select Close Data.

WOW – THAT’S EASY – ARE GRAPHICS EASY TOO?

You have now submitted and modified existing code in Enterprise Guide, so let’s work on a task from scratch. A picture is worth a thousand words, so it is time to see how Enterprise Guide does with graphics. Using the same sales data created in the first example program (Program_1), you will produce a vertical bar chart of Sales by Region.

– Select

Graph Bar Chart from the main menu. This opens the Bar Chart Wizard. o

Drag o

Drag Sales to Sum of. the

Layout Screen, uncheck the 2D box and then change the Shape to Cylinder from the drop down list o

Click Graph o

Uncheck

– To see what code was generated, click on Preview Code.

– The bar chart opens automatically in a new Tab in your Enterprise Guide session.

Notice that there are now tabs for the input data, code, log, and results. Additionally, the Context Menu allows you to easily Modify Task if you have changes to make.

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LEVERAGING CODE THAT ENTERPRISE GUIDE BUILDS

Behind the scenes, Enterprise Guide created “correct” code! Like most SAS programmers, you would probably like to re-use the code elsewhere.

To access and then save the generated code,

– Right click anywhere on the highlighted code, and select Copy

– Move to the Process Flow Window.

To insert the copied code into a new program, select File

New Program. A blank code node will open in the

Project window. Paste the copied code and change the dataset name on the PROC GCHART statement to

Ex_Shoes_Data.

Save the new code node, by selecting File

Save Code As Local Computer, and provide the name Program_2.

The new code can now be run in the usual fashion. You can make any additional updates and customizations to code that you’ve just pasted, such as changing the appearance of the LEGEND or adding a WHERE clause to subset the data being graphed.

Helpful Hint: The Task Status Window shows you the status of the code or task you are running. If you are running large SAS programs, the Task Status will tell you which task or Procedure is currently running.

You can open your Task status view from your Main menu. Select

View

Task Status

.

Each of the built-in tasks will generate SAS code as you step through the Task Panes. This serves as a great way to learn how to code new SAS Procedures since the syntax is available to view and edit.

CUSTOMIZING THE GRAPH FORMAT

By default, graphs are generated as interactive ActiveX graphs, which are cool but can use up a lot of system resources.

You may prefer or require a more static format such as HTML or JPEG. You can easily change the default in the Graph

Results settings of Options.

Select Tools

Options Results Graphs and select a different format from the drop down list.

ADDITIONAL GRAPHING FEATURES

There are lots of features in Enterprise Guide that make graphs easy to produce. You should explore the variety of ways to visualize your data, including the Tile Chart which allows you to display magnitudes by size and colour.

In this Tile Chart example, the size of the rectangles represent the number of stores in each region; the bigger the rectangle, the more stores in the region. The colour represents the Sales. The colour legend shows that the darker the green, the higher the dollar value of the sales. A Tile chart can be created by launching the Graph Tile Chart Task.

Select

Graphs Tile Chart

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Enterprise Guide also has a Built-in task that allows you to produce Maps. These require specific mapping data and will not be discussed in this paper.

Other features include:

Context based menu bar when looking at Graph Results o

Allow you to quickly modify the graph task o

Makes it easy to refresh the graph

Each graph type has a detailed wizard, including options to control the graph output

You can save your graph task preferences in a template that can be reused so that you can define appearance attributes, headers, footers etc only once and save them in a template.

A NEW WAY TO ORGANIZE YOUR PROGRAMS

During program development and testing, do you often work with just one set of steps at a time, confirming results before you move on? If you do, that same logic can easily be applied to your code in Enterprise Guide by defining your program as a series of code nodes. Code nodes can be linked together in the Process flow window, thus providing a clear picture of the steps and intermediate results.

To link the new Program_2 code node to the first code node,

 right click on the Program_1 code node in your Process Flow window

 select Program_2 and click OK.

 You now see the link between the two nodes and have the option of running either a single code node or running the branch that starts with Program_1.

To run both code nodes, right click on your Program_1 code node and select Run Branch from Program_1. Once the code in Program_1 has run, Enterprise Guide will automatically run Program_2, generating and displaying all intermediate results along the way.

Helpful Hint: To remove a link between tasks or Code nodes, right click anywhere on the joining arrow and select Delete. This will only delete the linkage, not the code nodes.

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You’ll notice that a separate log node is generated for each code node. By turning on Project Logging, you can easily tell Enterprise Guide that you’d like a single SAS log to be generated for all of the tasks and code nodes in your Project.

This single Project Log will be created in addition to the individual logs created for each task or code node.

Helpful Hint: If Project Logging is turned on, the log represents a running log of the entire project. To turn on the Project Logging, select Project Log in the Context Menu of the Process Flow, and then select

Turn On.

Helpful Hint: When working with several tasks and code nodes in a single project, you can export all of the generated SAS code as a single .sas file by selecting File

Export Export All Code.. Enterprise

Guide will scan through your project to find all executable code and save it to a single .sas file. You can select export all the code or select only parts of your project.

SAVING THE PROJECT

At this point, save the Project so it is available for another day.

 Select

Save Project As Local Computer

Navigate to the file path where you would like to save your project.

Enter a name for your Project, and Click ok.

The next time you open your saved project; you will see the code nodes and links that you defined in this session. Note that any temporary work datasets that you may have created in your session will not be saved with your project. You can easily recreate the work datasets by re-running the project the next time you open it.

HELP FOR YOUR LEGACY CODE, TOO

You probably have a lot of multi-step programs that would take you a lot of time to change into a Process Flow. The

Code Analyzer allows you to

Turn your multi-step SAS Program into a Process Flow

Create instant documentation including:

What steps are run

How long the steps take

What data is used and created in each step.

In the Program context menu bar, select Analyze Program

Analyze Program Flow. Then select Begin

Analysis

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Once analysis is complete, select Create process Flow.

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A new flow is added to your project called Program_1 (defaults to the name of your program node). Note that the Code

Analyzer did not run the code and produce results.

Run the new flow by right clicking on the starting dataset (SASHELP.SHOES) and selecting Run Branch from

SASHELP.SHOES

.

MULTIPLE FLOWS IN THE SAME PROJECT

When there are multiple flows within a project, how can you easily switch between Process Flows? the view and select the flow you want to look at

– Use the Drop Down at the top of the Process Flow view.

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and select Rename.

CREATING REPORTS IN ENTERPRISE GUIDE

As experienced SAS programmers, you probably have a lot of familiarity with certain PROCs. However, since the SAS language is extensive, there are probably many areas that you have not explored. One of the benefits of using Enterprise

Guide is that Tasks guide you through requirements and enable you to quickly produce results without having to learn new syntax and procedures.

Use the Report Wizard to produce a detailed listing of the data.

Select Tasks

Describe List Report Wizard

Step 1 allows you to select the data you want to report on.

Select Edit and navigate to the work.ex_shoes_data

dataset. Then select o

Browse o

Local o

Libraries o

Work o

ex_shoes_data o

OK to return to the Step 1 window

Select Next to move to Step 2.

To define the report layout, select Edit and select Assign

Columns

Under the Selected Columns, select the Stores column

Use the drop down on the right to change Show sum

value (SUM) to Display all Values

Remove two columns by selecting Inventory and Returns and then click on the X on the right of the Selected

Columns area.

Select OK to return to the Step 2 window.

Step 3 allows you to define totals for your report.

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In the Select Totals window, select

Sales

Select Edit to control how subtotals are handled

Select Totals by Region

Select OK to return to Step 3 window

Notice that the visual of the sample report shows SALES totaled and also shows region subtotals.

Click Next to move to Step 4.

In the Step 4 window, provide titles and footnotes, and select Finish

The report displays, along with the

Context Menu Bar enabling you to easily make changes and view the

Log, Code, Input Data, and Results.

Select the Code tab and review the generated code. Notice it is similar to the PROC REPORT code used in

Program_1.sas.

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COMBINING TASKS FOR QUICK AND EASY REPORTS

The Report Builder allows you to easily combine the output from different tasks and programs into a single page.

You can control the layout and place graphs and tables side by side without having to build complicated templates in

Proc GREPLAY. You can also easily add text blocks (for titles, footnotes and commentary) and images such as your organization’s logo. The final output can then be saved and exported as PDF and HTML or shared in the SAS Report format.

Create a new report by selecting File

New Report. Then select which Task output you want to include in your Dashboard by highlighting the item and dragging it to the Report layout grid.

Then click Insert Text and add the text “This is a Shoes Sales Report for January 2010”. Change the font of the text to 16 pt and rearrange the report layout to match the below layout.

Once the report is generated, Click Page View and change the layout to Landscape.

To export the report as PDF, Click Export in the context based menu bar and select Export as Step in Project. The

Report is highlighted. Click Next. Select Portable Document Format (.pdf) and specify the Location to save Report, and choose an appropriate location. Under Output Options, Uncheck Overwrite Existing output. Select Next

Finish.

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HOW CAN I ADD SOME FLEXIBILITY TO MY PROJECTS?

Project Prompts are user prompts that are passed as macro variables to your SAS code. By adding prompts to your project, you give the user some flexibility in customizing the results. The user can enter values or select from a list of values that you provide. In our example, we would like the user to be able to create this same report for one or more regions existing in our data.

To begin creating project prompts

 Select

Prompt Manager

RegionID in the name section to assign the macro variable name

Please Select a Region in the Displayed text section, to define the text the use will see in the prompt.

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Select the Prompt Type and Values tab select Text

Prompt dropdown, select User

selects values from a static list

source of the static list

SASHELP.SHOES Servers

Local Libraries SASHELP

Shoes

Unformatted Values section, select

Region

under the Browse tab, select Get

Values

Move all of the values over to the

Selected Values window

Formatted Values section, select

Region

Canada as the Default value and

Select OK .

RegionID now appears in the Prompt Manager view and is available to use as a prompt. Now we need to modify the program to accept prompts. From the Process Flow window:

Right click on the Program_1 Code Node and select Properties

From the Properties window, select Prompts and Click Add

 Select RegionID and click OK

Click OK again to close the Program node Properties window

.

Now, modify the program so that the prompts control the data selected.

Open the Program_1 code node

 ADD

in the Ex_Shoes_Data data step

Save the changes to Program_1

Right click on the Program_1 code node, Select Run Branch From Program_1.

When prompted to select a Region, select Asia from the drop down list. Click Run.

If we take a look at the Ex_Shoes_Data dataset and subsequent graph and report, only observations with a regionID of

‘Asia’ are included.

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ADDING FLEXIBILITY TO YOUR PROJECT WITH CONDITIONAL PROCESSING

As we have seen with parameters, macro variables enable code flexibility since the user can provide selections and input. But, if you have processes that should only be run under certain conditions, perhaps regardless of a user preference, Enterprise Guide enables you to run a branch conditionally. For example, you can

Run different branches depending on system parameters such as time or date

Add error / exception handling logic

Let the user control which branch is run via project prompts.

For more information on Conditional Processing, refer to the SAS Online Documentation or to the many SAS Global

Forum papers on the topic.

OK – ENTERPRISE GUIDE REALLY WILL HANDLE MY NEEDS BUT HOW CAN I OFFLOAD SOME OF

MY WORK (OR DO MORE WORK IN LESS TIME)?

For most SAS programmers, it is a rare occurrence to write a program that is never used again. More typically, you write programs that either run in production, or that are rerun with different input (prompts) on a regular basis. Furthermore,

YOU are not always the person that runs the job after it is written. Someone else may be responsible for providing input prompts (changes) and running your code when results are needed. With this in mind, we explore how you can easily set up your code so that others can access and get the results they need. You will do this by creating a Stored Process.

A Stored Process is a SAS program that is typically located on a central server (ie: available to multiple users across multiple clients) so that users can run the SAS Code but can’t change the SAS code. Designed properly, the Stored

Process enables user input to maximize the applicability of the code. For example, you

 can embed business rules and logic so that everyone is creating consistent results

 have change control around any coding updates

 can make your code available to more people

 can provide the users with input prompt choices to take care of minor tweaks in the requirements

 can add cascading prompts to make User input easier and more flexible.

For more information on creating and using Stored Processes, refer to the SAS Online Documentation or to the many

SAS Global Forum papers on the topic.

I’M TOLD I’M RUNNING ON A SERVER – WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

When you are running in a ‘Server environment’, SAS is installed on a central server somewhere and is not installed locally on your machine. There are some significant differences between running on a Server environment and running

SAS locally but before we talk about what is happening behind the scenes, let’s take a look at the major components of a

Server Environment: the metadata server; the Object Spawner; the SAS Application Server; and the Database where your data is. allowed to access. clients - – in plain English, this is where SAS is actually installed. This allows you to run your SAS programs from different clients (ie.SAS Enterprise Guide, Excel, a web interface) without actually needing SAS on your local computer.

 The Object Spawner essentially acts as a gatekeeper and controls your links to the other servers.

Databases house our data. Often, the data that you are working with will not be in SAS datasets but rather in

Database tables such as Oracle or DB2.

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When you submit a task or a program from Enterprise Guide in a Server Environment, the following will occur:

1. Your Enterprise Guide session connects to an Object Spawner.

2. You connect to the metadata server through the Object Spawner. The metadata server verifies your credentials

(password and user ID).

3. Once credentials are verified, the Object Spawner starts up a dedicated SAS session for you on the SAS

Application Server. It also creates a temporary Work space library for you that persists as long as your

Enterprise Guide session is connected.

4. If your program or SAS Task uses data that is on a Database (eg. Oracle, DB2, Netezza), the SAS Application

Server will connect to the database server.

There are several important things to keep in mind when running Enterprise Guide in a server environment.

First off, as we mentioned above, when you first launch Enterprise Guide, a temporary workspace library is created on the server that will be dedicated to you Enterprise Guide. This is where your WORK library is saved. When you disconnect your Enterprise Guide session, that temporary workspace location is deleted. As you keep working and creating more and more temporary datasets in your work library, the workspace location dedicated to your session is getting bigger and bigger. You may not need many of those datasets anymore but until you delete them or disconnect your EG session, you’re still using up that space. It’s therefore best practice to either delete any large datasets that you’re no longer using, or to disconnect your Enterprise Guide session once your work is finished so the space can be released.

Secondly, you may find that when you run your SAS programs through Enterprise Guide in a server environment, things sometimes seem to take longer to run. Most SAS programmers will assume that Enterprise Guide is slowing down their work but more often than not, it is the movement of data that is creating the bottleneck. When data resides on a database for example, it has to move from the database, to the SAS server and then to Enterprise Guide. These extra steps can add to how long it takes to run your jobs when you’re dealing with large amounts of data. In order to minimize

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the amount of data that is being moved, you want to make sure that the Database is doing as much of the work as possible and then passing only the results back to SAS and the Enterprise Guide session. This can be done by using indexes, partitions and keys that exist on the database tables. It can also be done by taking advantage of SAS/Access engines.

SAS/Access engines are designed to translate many SAS functions into functions that can be understood and performed by the Database. For example, the SAS/Access engine for Oracle will translate the SAS Datetime function into the

SYSDATE function in Oracle.

If a SAS query command can’t be translated into a Database command, the database is going to pass back ALL of the data to the SAS server so that it can process the command. This is what is going to slow down your performance causing longer query times, excessive server usage and slower server response for other users. Therefore, when writing queries against large databases, wherever possible, you want to ensure that joins, filters and SAS functions are passed to the database to perform.

Finally, there are a number of SAS coding techniques that are either not well suited for use in a Server Environment, or will not work at all in a Server Environment.

Writing to or reading from your local C: drive is not going to work. The server will not recognize your C: drive as a valid location.

Workaround: You can use the Import and Export Wizard to access files on your PC. You can also use the

Upload and Download tasks to read and write SAS datasets to your local computer.

Using ENDSAS or ERRORABEND will disconnect you from the server completely. Your Work library and log are lost.

Workaround: Use Conditional Flows to build error handling into your projects

SAS/AF is not available.

Workaround: Use Project Prompts and macros in your code to get interactive input from your users.

DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange) will not work using Enterprise Guide in a Server Environment.

Workaround: Using the Excel Libname engine provides flexibility when working with Excel spreadsheets and is easier to use than DDE.

X Command and SYSTASK are disabled by default.

Workaround: Might be a long shot, but plead your case to your Server Administrator to have this enabled if this is truly needed.

Rsubmit commands are no longer needed since you’ve already established the server connection when you logged into Enterprise Guide.

While a Server Environment will introduce differences that are going to affect how you create your SAS code in

Enterprise Guide, don’t panic – remember, under the covers its still SAS.

I WANT TO IMPRESS MY CO-WORKERS – HOW ABOUT SOME USEFUL TIPS AND TRICKS?

TIP 1: USE ORDERED LISTS

What if we have 3 SAS jobs that we’d like to run, one after the other? Or perhaps we have some processes that we’d like to submit at the end of the day so we can have the results ready the next morning. In this case, we don’t really want to build a project; we want to be able to submit a ‘list’ of SAS jobs or tasks that we want Enterprise Guide to run. This is where we would ‘Create an Ordered List’. The Ordered List task in Enterprise Guide allows you to specify a list and sequence of tasks and jobs that you want Enterprise Guide to run.

To create an ordered list, go to File

New Ordered List.

TIP 2: SHARING YOUR PROJECT WITH OTHERS

If you have notes embedded in your projects, you can email those results to yourself or others in your organization. This is a great way to let people know that a report is ready to view or data has been refreshed. When you combine notes with conditional process flows, you can alert others when your project has encountered some unexpected data or hasn’t completed successfully.

Notes are also a great way to document important details about your process and keep them embedded in your project.

You can use notes to list the inputs used on your process or the results that are produced. You can also use them to provide instructions on how and when the project should run, To add a note to your project, select File

New Note.

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The linking feature to attach the note to a specific task, program or results node.

TIP 3: AUTOMATICALLY BACK UP YOUR PROJECT

How many times have you spent an afternoon on a SAS Project and just when you’re almost done and ready to save it, the power goes out or you’ve inadvertently kicked the plug. Your EG session is gone, along with an afternoon’s worth of work. First things first – ENABLE PROJECT RECOVERY. This new feature autosaves your project at set intervals and you can specify how often you want the Project to be saved.

To enable project recovery, go to Tools

Options Project Recovery Check ‘Enable Project Recovery’.

TIP 4: AVOID OPENING LARGE DATA UNLESS YOU HAVE TO

By default, when data is added to your project, Enterprise Guide will open that data in a new Data tab. This is fine and even helpful when we’re working with small SAS Datasets however, this can bring Enterprise Guide to a stand still when we find ourselves working with large amounts of data in a database. As we described above, all of the data has to move between the database server, to the SAS Server to your Enterprise Guide session.

To make the data available to your project but avoid opening it automatically:

 Select

Options Data

UNCHECK ‘Automatically open data when added to project’.

TIP 5: EXPORT YOUR PROJECT TASKS AS SAS CODE

Once you’ve completed all of your exploratory work, you may end up with a mix of tasks and custom program nodes.

You can save all of them or a subset of them as a single SAS file which you may then want to run in Batch mode.

When exporting the Code in your project, Enterprise Guide scans through your project and assembles all of the SAS code that was either generated by a task or was written in a custom program node. You can then select which parts of the project you want to include in the final SAS file and the order in which the SAS code should appear. To export all of parts of your project to a SAS File, select File

Export Export all Code in Project

TIP 6: FORMATTING CODE – EASILY

Do you inherit code that is poorly formatted? There is relief!!

Open the program node, right click and select Format Code

Helpful Hint: To specify formatting preferences, override the options in Tools

Options SAS Programs

Editor Options Indenter tab.

This allows you to set the spacing on indents and select which statements signal a new line.

TIP 7: ENJOY AUTOEXEC PROCESSING – EVEN IN EG

You may be familiar with using an autoexec.sas file to enable setting up your SAS environment at startup. It works in

Enterprise Guide too! Just add a Process Flow to your Project called AUTOEXEC. Enterprise Guide will run the flow when you open the project. This is handy for setting up libraries, controlling options, etc.

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TIP 8: EASY VIEWING WITH SPLIT SCREENS

Enterprise Guide provides split screen options that enable you to explore tasks, programs and data side-by-side.

Option 1: Split screen to view different sections of same tab

Right click on the view you are looking at

Select Split – Select Stacked, Side by Side or Both

Option 2: Split screen to view different tabs

Select View from the Main Menu

Click Workspace layout

Select Stacked or side by side.

Each view will have a drop down at the top left corner that allows you to select what you want to view.

CONCLUSION

Enterprise Guide provides a powerful environment and toolset for end-to-end information delivery. As a SAS programmer, you can easily begin taking advantage of Enterprise Guide to provide a flexible reporting and analytics environment to meet your organization’s business needs.

RECOMMENDED READING

To gain a more complete understanding of Enterprise Guide the authors recommend the following

Getting Started with SAS Enterprise Guide – free learning tutorial available at http://support.sas.com/documentation/onlinedoc/guide/tut43/en/

Little SAS Book for Enterprise Guide 4.2 –

By Susan J. Slaughter, Lora D. Delwiche, http://www.sas.com/apps/pubscat/bookdetails.jsp?catid=1&pc=61861

Note: This version supports both 4.2 and 4.3

CONTACT INFORMATION

Your comments and questions are valued and encouraged. Contact the authors at:

Marje Fecht

Prowerk Consulting [email protected]

www.prowerk.com

Rupinder Dhillon

Dhillon Consulting

[email protected]

www.dhillonconsulting.com

SAS and all other SAS Institute Inc. product or service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of SAS Institute

Inc. in the USA and other countries. ® indicates USA registration.

Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies.

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APPENDIX – PROGRAMS

PROGRAM_1.SAS

/*******************************************************************************/

/* Example Program 1 - Output Excel Spreadsheet and PDF w/ Shoes data */

/* Note: multiple statements on a line to demonstrate new EG 4.3 feature */

/*******************************************************************************/ data Ex_Shoes_Data;

set sashelp.shoes;

AverageSalesPerStore = sales / stores;

label AverageSalesPerStore = 'Average Sales Per Store';

format AverageSalesPerStore dollar12.2; run; ods listing close; ods tagsets.ExcelXP path = 'C:\HOW\Fecht'

file='EG Basic_Report.xls' style=statdoc

options (sheet_name = 'Example 1'

frozen_headers = 'Yes' autofilter = 'All' ); title "Simple SAS Code Example 1"; proc print data=Ex_Shoes_Data noobs label ; run; ods tagsets.ExcelXP close; ods listing;

/*******************************************************************/

/* Create PDF Report */

/*******************************************************************/ ods listing close; ods pdf file = 'C:\HOW\Fecht\EG Shoes_Report.pdf'; proc report data = Ex_Shoes_Data; column ("Location" (Region Subsidiary Stores))

Product

("Sales" (Sales AverageSalesPerStore))

; define region / order "Region"; define Subsidiary / order "Subsidiary"; define Stores / display "Number of Stores"; define Product / display "Product"; define Sales / Sum "Sales"; define AverageSalesPerStore / Sum "Avg Sales per Store"; break after region / summarize; rbreak after / summarize; run; ods pdf close; ods listing;

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