This article contains supporting information for a SAS Global Forum 2012 paper: Not Just for Scheduling: Doing More with SAS Enterprise Guide Automation. While the paper is several years old, the techniques it describes remain the same and relevant for current versions of SAS Enterprise Guide. I've updated the code for many of the examples so you can try them with modern versions.
SAS Enterprise Guide supports a rich automation model that allows you to "script" almost every aspect of opening and running SAS Enterprise Guide projects. While this is most often used with the built-in "scheduler" function to simply run a project or process flow unattended, you can also write your own scripts that automate much more. You can create new projects on the fly, supply values for project prompts, run individual tasks, export results, and more. You're not limited to the traditional VBScript method of automation; you can also use more sophisticated frameworks such as Windows PowerShell or Microsoft .NET.
This paper describes the concepts behind automation for SAS Enterprise Guide, and provides examples to accomplish a variety of tasks using the different scripting technologies.
To use each VBScript example, save the linked file to your local PC with a ".vbs" file extension. These are hosted on GitHub so you can click through and see a preview of the code.
You can then run the examples on your local PC with CSCRIPT.EXE, which is part of the Windows operating system. See this blog post for special considerations regarding the 64-bit versus 32-bit versions of CSCRIPT.EXE.
Here's an example of the first script, inline:
' force declaration of variables in VB Script Option Explicit Dim Application ' Create a new SAS Enterprise Guide automation session ' Change if running a different version of EG Dim egVersion egVersion = "SASEGObjectModel.Application.7.1" Set Application = WScript.CreateObject(egVersion) WScript.Echo Application.Name & ", Version: " & Application.Version Application.Quit
And its output:
C:\automation>%windir%\syswow64\cscript.exe NewApp.vbs Microsoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.812 Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Enterprise Guide, Version: 184.108.40.206
All VBScript examples have been updated and tested to work with SAS Enterprise Guide v7.1.
How to run Windows PowerShell scripts - post on The SAS Dummy blog
To use these PowerShell examples, save the files as PS1 files on your local machine, and then run them within a PowerShell console window or by using the powershell -command option.
All PowerShell examples have been updated and tested to work with SAS Enterprise Guide v7.1.
Getting Started with Microsoft .NET - Microsoft MSDN site, includes link to download the free "Express"/Community editions of Visual C# and Visual Basic.NET
Note: this example was built based on SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3 -- it won't run with later versions without modifications and rebuilding it.
This is a sophisticated example that shows how you can use automation and Microsoft .NET to create a tremendous productivity tool for managing your SAS Enterprise Guide projects. This tool allows you to search within a collection of EGP files to find any text within SAS programs, logs, notes, and generated code from tasks and queries.
A non-automation version of the EGP Searcher application is available here.