express_myself_01@YAHOO.COM wrote:
> A friend of mine wants to learn SAS. For those of you who have
learned
> it recently, how long did it take to know a reasonable amount, and
what
> resources did you use?
>
> Did anyone learn via the Learning Edition?
>
> Please give me ideas on what has helped you learn SAS.
>
> I may be helping him to learn SAS, but it has been a long time since I
> first learned it.
I learned the things I needed to get started in SAS in a onecredithour
course in one term. Of course, that list of 'things' was pretty
limited.
That course was *decades* ago. Some time around the end of the Mesozoic
Era. :) (And I had already been using SAS in statistical applications
for a couple years when I took the course, so it was easy for me.)
Really, it depends on what one wants to learn. Take "The Little SAS
Book"
as a teaching tool. Ten chapters, and yet covering enough to get most
people
going in SAS. It won't help you if what you need is a theoretical
introduction
to PROC MIXED and PROC GAM. It won't help if you want to start out with
SAS/IML or SAS/ETS or SAS/IntrNet. But it should be enough to get your
friend
going. And you can try things out in SAS Learning Edition as you go.
BTW, that onecredithour course didn't teach me all that much. After
using
SAS for more than twenty years, I still learn new things. SASL is an
excellent
tool for that.
David

David Cassell, CSC
Cassell.David@epa.gov
Senior computing specialist
mathematical statistician
