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Dear Readers,

In the January edition, you probably remember that I included some emails from readers - right here in my Editor's Note. That note sparked so much interest that I also posted it to the SAS Users Groups blog. It's quite clear that there are many ways that people can use SAS to accomplish the same thing. In fact, I'd almost say that there is an element of challenge in it for you – when you see a clever way of doing something, perhaps you think to yourself, "I think I can do that without..." Kathryn McLawhorn, Technical Support Analyst at SAS, wrote a very good 2011 SAS Global Forum paper with that thought in mind: Choosing the Road Less Traveled: Performing Similar Tasks with either SAS DATA Step Processing or with Base SAS Procedures .

The key, as McLawhorn writes in her paper, is that each SAS user is working from his or her level of expertise and comfort zone. Here's another example: Angelika Schaffrath Rosario read the November edition and decided to test the %squeeze macro (from Is Your SAS Library a Disk Hog? Here's How to Put it on a Diet) , against a file that she'd already compressed using COMPRESS, an option she prefers. In her case, Rosario said using %squeeze only reduced the file by 5.5 percent.

There are some great opportunities coming your way to discuss your tips and tricks face-to-face with your SAS friends and peers. SAS users events will be starting soon around the globe. Check out the schedule and find a place where you can challenge others to be a better programmer, developer, administrator...

Waynette Tubbs
Editor, SAS Tech Report
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Export to Excel 2010 Just Got a Little Bit Easier »
This Chris Hemedinger Twitter message intrigued me, so I clicked on his link: "'ERROR: XLSX is not yet supported by proc export' - that message is SO last year. Meet SAS 9.3M1." It seems that a new capability - improved XLSX support in PROC EXPORT - has made it into this SAS® 9.3 maintenance release. Check it out!
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A common misconception is that SAS Enterprise Guide is for point-and-click users who need to have code generated for them. Although that is a powerful (and very cool) part of the software, you may be missing out on some of the most amazing features included in the SAS Enterprise Guide programming editor.
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Angela Hall and Tricia Aanderud have co-authored a SAS Business Intelligence book. Aanderud's blog post gives you a great look inside – before you buy: It's like thumbing through the book in the bookstore!
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