Date: Sun, 6 Oct 2002 16:49:08 GMT
Reply-To: Mauro Morandin <second_name@LIBERO.IT>
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From: Mauro Morandin <second_name@LIBERO.IT>
Subject: Re: SAS is slow? (cpu time, etc)
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> Mauro Morandin <email@example.com> wrote in message news:<3D9EF97C.firstname.lastname@example.org>...
>>sometimes I'm right, sometimes I'm wrong. If my impression of SAS beeing
>>an interpreter is wrong and you and others want to share your thoughts
>>with me I am really grateful.
> The manual states that SAS is a compiled language and the behavior is
> consistent with a compiled language. Where would you get the
> "impression" that SAS is an interpreted language?
Could you please explain why you consider the behaviour of SAS
consistent with a compiled language? Before I wrote to this newsgroup I
knew that SAS "compiles" into bytecode and then passes the bytecode to
the supervisor for execution. This is NOT the behaviour of a compiled
I don't want to go over it again.
1. Why should I accept what is written in a manual as THE ONLY 100% TRUTH?
2. OK, SAS Institute claims in one of it's manuals that the SAS Language
is a compiled language. I have no means to verify that. I can't look at
the source code.
3. SAS differs from other compilers in it's use.
4. SAS doesn't produce an executable image.
5. SPEED of execution. I will show you with a small example that Python
(an interpreter) is faster at doing flat file I/O with some simple
logic. Next week I will post my Python program.
>>As I said, I stand behind what I post to this newsgroup (there is my
>>name, email, the company I work for) and so do many other beginner,
>>experienced and SAS gurus like Dorfman, DeVenezia, Patridge, Ward,
>>Cassell, Whitlock, Hermansen, Groeneveld, Whittington, ... sorry I can't
>>name you all. I appreciate all the people who post to this newsgroup
>>giving their real names and email addresses (it's a form of warranty),
>>and I think that they should be free to bring up even unpopular
>>arguments like ("SAS is slow") without beeing smashed by a horde of SAS
> First, that statement is not an argument, it's a value judgement.
> Second, if you "should be free" to say what you want, so should
> everyone else - that includes replies that "smash" other posts (I get
> **so** tired of newsgroup postings that claim freedom of speech for
> the author and simultaneously try to deny it to those who would
> respond in disagreement). And third, if you knew the statement would
> be unpopular, the why post it unless the motive was to start a
You should have read the whole story with the threads before.
I don't mind beeing "smashed", but if I get a little bit angry, because
I feel my ideas/comments have been treated and commented with
superficiality (without thinking), and smash back with good arguments
but in a rough manner then someone might get hurt and I'm sorry for
that. I don't have problems with people who disagree with me. But
Puddin' probably thinks I've gone too far.
Third, I really didn't care whether it would be unpopular or not.
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