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March 2018 | email the editor

Dear Reader,

In general, I have a terrible memory. While many people can remember details about their childhood home, the first day of kindergarten or their second-grade teacher’s last name, I’m pleasantly surprised when I remember what I had for dinner last night. But there is one memory I have from my childhood that really stands out. The Scholastic Book Fair that came to my elementary school was the highlight of every school year.

I have vivid memories of the feel (and smell) of the newsprint paper catalog that would come home a week or so before the event. I would study that preview catalog for hours trying to decide on the four – or if my mom was feeling generous, maybe five – books I’d get to purchase on the day of the book fair. It was a fun, if a little sneaky, way for my teachers to encourage me to learn.

If you’re a SAS® user, every day can be a book fair day. That’s because SAS Books offers hundreds of print and e-book titles written by SAS experts. You’ll find books on a variety of topics for all skill levels – from beginner to advanced.

If you’re a SAS programmer or just getting started, we have a full menu of books to help advance your programming skills. Our Getting Started library includes some of our most popular programming titles, including The Little SAS Book, Learning SAS by Example or An Introduction to SAS University Edition.

One of our newest titles, Practical and Efficient SAS Programming: The Insider's Guide, gives practical advice for improving your programs, whether you’ve been programming for a month or 20 years. If you want to get a taste of some of the topics covered in this title, check out the free book excerpt: “My Favorite Functions.

If you’re interested in SAS certification, a number of SAS users swear by our SAS certification prep guides. There are prep guides for both the Base Programming for SAS®9 (now in its fourth edition) and the Advanced Programming for SAS®9 exams. These comprehensive resources cover all of the objectives tested on the exams and are a great way to prepare.

If you’re not in the US, or you don’t feel the need to mark up pages with a highlighter, SAS offers many of our titles as e-books as well, including a collection of free e-books on the latest SAS solutions and analytics technology. You can download any of a number of titles directly from our website. Finally, check out our upcoming titles for a glimpse at some forthcoming publications.

So take a moment to check out books or e-books from SAS. Though they may not be as colorful as the Clifford the Big Red Dog books I got in first grade, I promise they’ll help make you a better SAS user.

Thanks for reading,

Larry LaRusso
Editor, SAS Tech Report
Follow me @lalaru102

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