Computing - it's all about the now and the next, with little thought about what went before. Good for getting things done 0.02GHz faster, but not so great for digital archives. A new European research project, however, is hoping to keep obsolete file formats readable, so what's locked up in them isn't lost forever.
Welcome to the Enterprise Guide (EG) blog maintained by the Business Intelligence SAS Users Group (BISUG). We are creating this blog to share EG technical information, tips, news, updates, review of EG publications and training courses, etc. And speaking of publications, I am proud to introduce two other contributors, Susan Slaughter and Lora Delwiche, who have recently published a book on EG 3.0, The Little SAS Book for Enterprise Guide 3.0.
EG 3.0 lets users create binders, that is, virtual folders that can be mapped to real folders on the user’s computer or a remote SAS server. I find this feature very useful and I think it will be instructive to compare EG’s binders to a similar useful feature in SAS 9.1 — Favorite folders. In SAS 9.1, the user can find favorite folders in the Explorer window and easily create/delete them (to create a favorite folder, right-click anywhere in the Explorer window and select New Favorite Folder). A favorite folder is mapped to a single folder on the user’s computer or a network.
In EG 4.1 you can create binders without ever leaving EG. In fact, in EG 4.1 the EG Administrator is completely gone. Instead, you use the SAS Enterprise Guide Explorer which looks very similar to the old EG Administrator. To open the EG Explorer, select it from the Tools menu inside EG 4.1. Then select File>New>Binder and follow the instructions. You can also create libraries in the EG Explorer in EG 4.1 by selecting File>New>Libraries which is a nice improvement. The only thing that is confusing about creating a binder in EG 4.1 is that the name of the EG Explorer is so similar to the name of the Project Explorer window.
We don't want to be too judgemental about the device, however, until we can give it a thorough road test. So, we'll reserve full judgement until we can get our hands on a review device. The calls have been made and emails sent, we're just waiting a special delivery now.
Making sense of the technology news that matters
Sick to death of hearing the phrase “does anyone have a charger for a Nokia?” If so, news coming out of the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona should be right up your street.
Google, it seems, is quite the environmental bad seed, or the venerable folk at The Times seem to think so anyway.
Employing a blend of the dreaded 'research' and some basic mathematics, The Times tells us that performing two Google searches a day creates as much carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle.