What's New in SAS Enterprise Guide 3.0
SAS Enterprise Guide 3.0 includes the following major enhancements:
- resizable task windows that have a new navigation pane
- an integrated environment for creating stored processes
- use of the Process Flow window as an integral part of the SAS Enterprise Guide interface
- a simplified user interface for the OLAP Analyzer
- context help throughout SAS Enterprise Guide.
- Task windows are resizable and include a new navigation pane that enables you to see the available option panes simultaneously and to access any of them with a single click.
- The new Sort Data task enables you to sort a data set in your project by any of its columns. You can sort the data by one or more columns, and you can select ascending or descending order for each column. The sorted data set is added as a new data item in your project.
- The Import Data task now supports additional file types, including all the popular PC database formats.
- For each task, you can specify the starting row and limit the number of rows of data that the task processes.
You can create stored processes that address the metadata and the code simultaneously. A stored process is a SAS program that is designed to be stored on a central server and accessed by numerous clients. Stored processes consist of two distinct parts: the SAS code and a stored process definition that resides on a metadata server. Stored processes can be used for Web reporting, building Web applications, delivering result packages to clients or the mid-tier, and publishing results to channels or repositories.
Process Flow Window
The Process Flow window (formerly named the Process Flow Builder) is now an integral part of the SAS Enterprise Guide interface. This window has been enhanced so that the dependencies among the data, tasks, and final output are easier to understand. You can use this window to build entire projects. Process flows can also be the basis for creating stored processes.
- The OLAP Analyzer (formerly named the MDDB Viewer) has been simplified by the development of a new user interface and wizards for common tasks.
- You can view the detailed data that makes up any tuple (that is, a pairing of items from two dimensions) in your OLAP cube.
- You can add calculated members, or formulas, to a dimension in an OLAP cube. The calculated members can be computed from other members or values and must return either strings or numeric values.
- The application interface has been completely re-designed to improve usability, streamline interaction with SAS servers, exploit the new features in SAS®9, and help end-users be more productive.
- The main SAS Enterprise Guide interface, as well as task and options windows, includes a context help area to provide targeted help information about the currently selected option.