Learn SAS for free
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:
- SAS Documentation: 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.
- 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.
- SAS Support: 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. The other section which I find particularly useful is the Samples and SAS Notes section. 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: This has some very interesting articles for general reading
- SAS Users blog: This has technical content and insights.
- Questions on programming and codes
- SAS Community: 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.”
- Platform admin related topics: 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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