11-30-2017 12:18 PM
I'm a longtime Cobol programmer on the Mainframe who is now trying to learn SAS on the Mainframe. My first two wrong steps were I purchased both The little SAS Enterprise Guide Book and SAS for Dummies both of which are great if you want to learn on a PC but pretty much worthless on the mainframe.
Does anyone know of a book I can use to learn SAS on the Mainframe, something I can use to look up the proper syntax or looking up how to do this or that?
To say I'm frustrated would be an understatement.
Thank you for any help you can give me.
11-30-2017 12:59 PM - edited 11-30-2017 01:39 PM
Those books will be helpful. Most of SAS does not depend on the machine. This might help
11-30-2017 01:36 PM - edited 11-30-2017 01:37 PM
A few recommendations to get you started ...
Ask a SAS programmer for a sample JOB and EXEC statement. Technically, that's enough to get you started.
Add a DD statement for an existing text file, that you can use as source data for your experiments. (You'll be reading it only, not writing to it.)
SAS used to publish (maybe still does) a SAS Companion for each operating system. I don't recall the name specifically, but it would be something like SAS Companion for the Mainframe, or SAS Companion for OS/370 ... something along those lines.
Write a SAS program to read the data from your DD statement into a SAS data set.
Coupled with what you already have, that should be more than enough to move in the right direction.
11-30-2017 02:04 PM
Sorry. Links for SAS employees and the rest of the world are different.
I googled: sas companion for mvs 9.4
See if this version works for you. I am trying to point you to the SAS companion for the mainframe.
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