SAS Views of DBMS Data

SAS/ACCESS lets you create a SAS view of data that exists in a relational database management system. A SAS data view defines a virtual data set that is named and stored for later use. A view contains no data, but rather describes data that is stored elsewhere. Here are the types of SAS data views.
DATA step views
stored, compiled DATA step programs.
SQL views
are stored query expressions that read data values from their underlying files, which can include SAS data files, SAS/ACCESS views, DATA step views, other SQL views, or relational database data.
SAS/ACCESS views (also called view descriptors)
describe data that is stored in DBMS tables. This is no longer a recommended method for accessing relational DBMS data. To convert existing view descriptors into SQL views, use the CV2View procedure.
You can use all types of views as inputs into DATA steps and procedures. You can specify views in queries as if they were tables. A view derives its data from the tables or views that are listed in its FROM clause. The data accessed by a view is a subset or superset of the data in its underlying table(s) or view(s).
You can use SQL views and SAS/ACCESS views to update their underlying data if the view is based on only one DBMS table or if it is based on a DBMS view that is based on only one DBMS table and if the view has no calculated fields. You cannot use DATA step views to update the underlying data; you can use them only to read the data.
Your options for creating a SAS view of DBMS data are determined by the SAS/ACCESS feature that you are using to access the DBMS data. This table lists the recommended methods for creating SAS views.
Creating SAS Views
Feature for Accessing DBMS Data
SAS View Technology to Use
SQL view or DATA step view of the DBMS table
SQL pass-through facility
SQL view with CONNECTION TO component