|Date: ||Tue, 14 Sep 1999 01:04:19 -0700|
|Reply-To: ||Sloan <faith@FRSA.COM>|
|Sender: ||"SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||Sloan <faith@FRSA.COM>|
|Subject: ||Re: Cold Fusion 4.0 and SAS-ODBC|
|Content-Type: ||text/plain; charset="us-ascii"|
At 09:53 AM 9/13/99 -0400, King, Raymond wrote:
>Faith, in my original post I mentioned the SAS-ODBC driver. I was a little
>imprecise. What I meant was the SAS Universal ODBC Driver (now in ver.
>1.1). This driver should allow Cold Fusion to access SAS data sets (among
>other SAS objects) without the additional "layer of complexity" in
>As you mention Cold Fusion is a great dev platform, so I'm curious as to why
>very few people (if any) have used it (and them that have aren't talking)
>with SAS data.
>Seems a fairly economical way to go to give access to non-SAS users.
>Does the Universal driver help SAS to fall under the category of what you
>call "ODBC-compliant databases"?
I went to SAS's site and downloaded the trial version of the SAs Universal ODBC
Driver just to satisfy my curiosity. Installed the baby with no problem. i'm on
an NT 4.0 server platform.
i created an ODBC datasource "cand" pointing at a candidate SAS dataset. I then
wrote this teeny simple Cold Fusion program just to see if i can read the SAS
<CFQUERY NAME="testSASODBC" DATASOURCE="cand">
SELECT * FROM cand
fname is: #fname#<br>
city is: #city#
what this does is query the cand datasource and select all columns from it.
then i sue the cfoutput tag to output the results of my query. all i'm
interested in is fname and city. notice that coldfusion need you to put pound
(#) signs around the cf variables.
I then stored it in a subdirectory of my webserver directory as
Note: coldfusion source has the extension of .cfm
my test webserver is at faith.hypno.net so i typed
here are the results:
fname is: Randy
city is: Ann Arbor fname is: Sudesh
city is: Norfolk fname is: Loan
city is: La Mirada fname is: Kimberly
city is: Arlington fname is: Rene
city is: Hebron fname is: Mike
city is: San Francisco fname is: Donalee
city is: Elk Grove Village
notice how I didn't put any html <br> line breaks in my source code thus i get
sloppy output but you get the gist of what i'm doing, right?
now i wanna know if i can write to a sas dataset via the ODBC universal driver.
So I performed an INSERT query. Guess what? NOT! You can only read (query) a
database via the select stmnt. As written on SAS's site, "The SAS Universal
ODBC driver enables you to open and query the following types of data sources
from Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT applications that support the ODBC
standard..." NOTE that the operative phrase is "read and query". This may be
good enough for you but I can't envision using it for a full blown app. It is
indeed useful for presenting data and allowing your users to query the data!
this took me all of 10 minutes to do with the download, the install, and the
testing! Took more time to write this darn email.
Happy and safe computing ladies and gents! Hope to see some of ya'll in Los
Angeles this October at the Western Users of SAS Software (WUSS) conference.
There I will be giving a 3.5 hour workshop on web application tools from HTML
to CGI to web to database connectivity with a teeny emphasis on the SAS
Software. This is so folks can have a better idea of what the rest of the world
is doing in terms of dynamic web based apps.
Also, we're looking for a few good volunteers to work the Internet, Intranet
and the Web section. Are there any takers?
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