Yes the wonderful news is that the World Wide Web is practically free – save the browsing charges. And SAS users are an extensive and prolific community. A lot many of these are sponsored and managed by SAS itself.
So let’s take a look at the websites which top this list of free resources
- Where to get started: – You want to know the product you intend to work with before you start working on it . And this is a great place to start http://support.sas.com/documentation/cdl/en/biov/63143/HTML/default/viewer.htm#titlepage.htm
- WPS: – World programming system gives you access to a platform where you can run SAS codes . This is a limited period key but can be instrumental in your journey. http://teamwpc.co.uk/products/wps
- Support.sas.com:- http://support.sas.com/index.html – this has a wealth of literature on SAS codes and a separate sections on white papers. These white papers deal in details on the topic in consideration and can be downloaded for self-education (http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/) . The other section which I find particularly useful is the Samples and SAS Notes section (http://support.sas.com/kb/?ct=51000) . You can browse this section by TOPIC under the broad heads of
- Query and Reporting
- System Administration
- Common Programming Tasks
- SAS Reference
- Third Party
- Data Management
- SAS Blog:- http://blogs.sas.com/content/ – This has some very interesting articles for general reading
- SAS Users blog:- http://blogs.sas.com/content/sgf/ – This has technical content and insights
- Questions on programming and codes :-http://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/sas
- SAS Community: – http://www.sascommunity.org/wiki/Main_Page- To quote:- ’sasCommunity.org is an on-going global community effort—created by SAS users for SAS users. This site is a place to find answers, share technical knowledge, collaborate on ideas and connect with others in the worldwide SAS Community’.
- Questions on Programming and codes
- Platform admin related topics: – http://platformadmin.com/blogs/paul/ for all the help on managing the admin.
What are the non – web resources you can get practically free?
- In-house training modules: – If you work in company with an Analytics division, you can get access to the training modules. Perhaps you will need to get the permission of your seniors, but everyone likes a go-getter. So you should meet with success in the endeavour.
- Senior / Mentor – within or outside your organisation. Could be a senior from college or a colleague in office.
All you need is the motivation, time and discipline to launch yourself into the world of SAS. Bon Voyage!!
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