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what is the difference between loading and importing a table?

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what is the difference between loading and importing a table?

I have a colleague, who like me is new to SAS Visual Analytics, and neither of us appreciate some of the features.

 

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What is the difference between “loading” and “importing” a table? In both cases the table is being placed on to the LASR server. In the Admin guide, “loading” a table is mentioned in the context of the task being performed by an administrator. In the Admin guide, “importing” a table is used in the context of a “self-service” action performed by a non-administrator. Is “loading” vs “importing” only a semantic distinction or is there any substantive difference?

 

I use SAS Visual Analytics Data Builder version 7.4 dated April 5, 2017

i use chrome Version 60.0.3112.78 (Official Build) (32-bit)

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‎08-17-2017 11:21 AM
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Re: what is the difference between loading and importing a table?

@rieley,

 

If we are speaking about the LASR server there is no difference. You are just loading data into the memory by using "proc lasr" or "data step". If we are speaking about SAS/VA there is a difference:

 

  • Load data - means you are importing data from servers directly to the LASR server, please see Importing Data from Servers
  • Import data - means you are importing local data files, but "proc import" will be started before loading data into the memory, for the data conversion. Please see Importing Local Data Files

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‎08-17-2017 11:21 AM
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Re: what is the difference between loading and importing a table?

@rieley,

 

If we are speaking about the LASR server there is no difference. You are just loading data into the memory by using "proc lasr" or "data step". If we are speaking about SAS/VA there is a difference:

 

  • Load data - means you are importing data from servers directly to the LASR server, please see Importing Data from Servers
  • Import data - means you are importing local data files, but "proc import" will be started before loading data into the memory, for the data conversion. Please see Importing Local Data Files
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Re: what is the difference between loading and importing a table?

Typically, "self-service importing" is an 'on-the-fly' action taken by someone using SAS Visual Analytics Designer or Explorer. They have an Excel file, or a delimited file, or a SAS data set (local or on a server) that they want to to use in a report or an exploration. So, they use the Import Data pane of the Add Data Source dialog box to select the file to load to LASR. Often, LASR tables loaded in this way are intended for use only by the user who imported (loaded) it.

 

Administrators typically use the SAS Visual Analytics Administrator to load (and reload) possibly many tables for general use by many end-users. From the Administrator, only tables that are registered in metadata can be loaded. Other tasks typically done by an administrator to load tables include implementing autoload and configuring LASR libraries to support reload-on-start.

 

 

 

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Re: what is the difference between loading and importing a table?

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