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Tip of the Day:March 14

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Did you know that you can read SAS data sets that were FTP-ed from other operating systems and are in still in a different data representation than that of your host computer?

For instance, you could FTP a SAS data set from your UNIX server onto your Windows workstation and use your SAS for Windows--via the Cross Environment Data Access (CEDA) engines--to process it. There are some restrictions and caveats to using CEDA, but it may beat using SAS/CONNECT and/or PROC CPORT/CIMPORT to perform data transfers, in some circumstances.

Click on the see also link to read Bruce Gilsen's SUGI 31 paper "CEDA: The Invisible Hand."

Submitted by Michael A. Raithel. Contact me at my Discussion Page.

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Tip of the Day:March 12

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Did you know that: you can increase the page size of SAS indexes when they are first created by using the IBUFSIZE option?

The default IBUFSIZE is 4096 bytes. You can change that setting by specifying IBUFSIZE=xxxxx. The author of a recent book on SAS indexes recommends setting IBUFSIZE=32767 (the maximum) on all SAS platforms except for z/OS, where he recommends setting it to 27648. (However, he presents the caution that this has not been rigorously tested on SAS data sets of varying sizes on _ALL_ of the operating systems that SAS is run on. So, your mileage may vary).

Submitted by Michael A. Raithel, The man who wrote the book on performance.. Contact me at my Discussion Page.

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