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WUSS: Everything is Better with Friends: Using SAS in Python Applications with SASPy and Open-Source


The Western Users of SAS® Software (WUSS) is a non-profit organization that exists to support local SAS® software users groups within the western region.  


In lieu of an annual conference, WUSS is offering an extensive menu of online training classes throughout 2021 and early 2022. 


Registration is now open for: Everything is Better with Friends: Using SAS in Python Applications with SASPy and Open-Source Tooli...


Interested in learning Python? How about learning to make Python and SAS work together?

In this class, we’ll practice writing Python scripts using Google Colab (, which is a free online implementation of JupyterLab, and we’ll link to SAS OnDemand for Academics ( to access the SAS analytical engine. We’ll also learn to use the popular pandas package, whose DataFrame objects are the Python equivalent of SAS datasets.


Along the way, we’ll work through common data-analysis tasks using both regular SAS code and Python together with the SASPy package, highlighting important tradeoffs for each and emphasizing the value of being a polyglot programmer fluent in multiple languages. This will include a beginner-friendly overview of Python syntax and data structures.


SASPy is a module developed by SAS Institute for the Python programming language, providing an alternative interface to the SAS system. With SASPy, SAS procedures can be executed in Python scripts using Python syntax, and data can be transferred between SAS datasets and their Python DataFrame equivalent. This allows SAS programmers to take advantage of the flexibility of Python for flow control, and Python programmers can incorporate SAS analytics into their scripts and applications.


This class is aimed at SAS programmers of all skill levels, including those with no prior experience using Python or JupyterLab. However, some examples will assume familiarity with the Output Delivery System, PROC SQL, and the SAS Macro Facility. Accounts for Google and SAS OnDemand for Academics will be needed to interact with code examples, and instructions for creating accounts will be distributed in advance. Also, all class materials will also be accessible (without any accounts needed) through


Please click here to view the lineup of online training classes and register!

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