Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2002 10:39:51 +0200
Reply-To: F a b r i z i o <TNA.apestaart.GENIE.punt.NL@CRONKITE.CC.UGA.EDU>
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From: F a b r i z i o <TNA.apestaart.GENIE.punt.NL@CRONKITE.CC.UGA.EDU>
Organization: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Subject: Re: SAS vs. 1.0 ?
Jim Groeneveld wrote in message
>Just out of curiosity, but I was wondering what was the very first released
>SAS version, when did it appear, on what machine did it run, what was when
>the very first SAS version on an Intel PC (DOS) and especially what were
>allowed data step constructs at that time? Sometimes I see program code,
>that only seems to use very basic features of the data step, not efficient
>in view of current features, and that possibly stem from a very early SAS
>version. My reference is SAS 6.12, my first acquaintance with SAS almost 5
Collecting from memory I get following list:
Early 70's: Internal project by Jim Goodnight and John Sall on North
Carolina State University.
1976 - First public release of Statistical Analysis System, called 76.2
(76.1 was presumably a pre-release), running on IBM Mainframe Systems
(OS/VS1, OS/VS2-SVS, OS/VS2-MVS)
1979 - '1979 edition', up to 79.6)
1982 - Version 82.4 (SAS used as a name, no longer an abbreviation for
Statistical Analysis System)
1984 - Version 5 (up to 5.18), with implementations on IBM Mainframe with
OS/xxx and DOS/xxx., DEC/Vax with VMS, various AOS/VS platforms, Prime's
Prim-OS and VM/PC, each with platform-specific differences.
1987?- Version 6.01 (up to 6.04), the first one running on IBM PC-DOS
(Installable on a 10 MB Harddisk, and various versions of MS-DOS required a
trick or patch to get it running)
1990 - Version 6.06 (up to 6.12), the first 'Multi Vendor Architecture'
implementation, available across a series of platforms with identical
functionality (except host-dependent enhancements like, e.g., the MS-Windows
Hope this helps?