An Idea Exchange for SAS software and services

by Super User
on ‎07-23-2014 10:50 AM

Since the only time I'd really be worried about syntax details is while coding I would have the online help available. So I'm not sure what use an app on a separate mobile device would be in my case.

by Super User
on ‎07-23-2014 10:58 AM

Agree with ballardw, online help is there when I am working and Google is always lurking in the back with so many examples.

by Super User
on ‎07-23-2014 11:55 PM

I wouldn't use it to look up, but the doc in epub form that can be browsed for reading for general knowledge is of more interest. But perhaps the little SAS book and other publications cover that.

by Super User
on ‎07-24-2014 01:16 AM

I find the online help cumbersome and inefficient to get to the right information quickly - slow compared to the SAS Winhelp which is no longer available if you are an EG only user like myself.

A mobile app could have default settings that allow you to hone in quickly to the documentation you require.

For example default settings for selecting documentation by SAS version, product, operating system, syntax only, examples only, concepts only etc...... 

by Trusted Advisor
on ‎07-24-2014 02:16 AM

It would be better to have one good complete reference documentation instead of many incomplete scattered ones.

Google is giving the best hits when it is available. Some product are very pittyfull just having the online help. Generic search functions failing.

The online help (agree saskiwi) of base was/is a good functional one. Sometimes just started that one for that using the other tools.  

The syntax complete is helpful with typing but when looking for something you do not know, not helping.

The task templates/snippets approach is a nice starter when you know what you want but never covering all the details.

by Moderator
on ‎07-24-2014 09:30 PM

Could see value in an app for both phone & tablet - not just for lookup up syntax & examples during development (that could also be done on the development machine) but also for self-study during downtime.

by Super Contributor
on ‎07-28-2014 08:42 AM

I would find the following apps most useful - ordered list

  1. functions and call routines (identify 9.3 and 9.4 additions)
  2. formats and informats (ditto)
  3. SQL syntax (including those hard to trace set operators)
  4. data step statements and options
  5. selected Base procs (eg report)


by Regular Contributor
on ‎07-28-2014 08:51 AM

My sentiments are with Ballard and others. 

by Super Contributor
on ‎08-05-2014 07:58 PM

As a mobile app, SAS syntax or other help/support features would have limited value for me except in the very rare case when I am in a meeting where there is no computer/internet access. Otherwise, there is only a "look how cool I am with my SAS app" thing . . . unless SAS has bigger designs on pushing itself into the mobile app space that they are telling us about Smiley Happy

by Super User
on ‎08-05-2014 10:25 PM

A common theme in the comments so far is that some would use a mobile app only if online documentation was not available.

My argument is that if SAS can build a better mobile app solution than what is available through an internet browser then I would use it INSTEAD of online documentation.

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