What’s New in SAS Studio 3.4


SAS Studio 3.4 includes these new features and enhancements:
  • a graphical user interface for accessing and creating z/OS files
  • import data
  • ability to specify the root for file navigation
  • new and enhanced tasks

Support for z/OS Files

SAS Studio 3.4 provides native file support for z/OS environments. Using SAS Studio 3.4, you can easily access any of your existing z/OS files. You can also use the interface to create sequential and partitioned z/OS data sets.
For more information, see SAS Studio: Administrator's Guide.

Importing Data

You can import Excel files, delimited files, and other DBMS file types. If you are using the Visual Programming perspective, importing data can be a node in your process flow. For more information, see Importing Data.

Enhancements to File Navigation

In SAS Studio, the navigation tree has been enhanced to make it more clear where your files actually reside. If you are running the SAS Studio Enterprise Edition or the SAS Studio Basic Edition, your SAS Studio administrator can control the starting point of the navigation tree. For more information, see SAS Studio: Administrator's Guide.

General Enhancements

  • In the code editor, autocomplete is now available for librefs and table names. For more information, see Using the Autocomplete Feature.
  • When you run a query or import data in SAS Studio, an output data set is created. Some predefined tasks (such as the Rank task) also create output data sets. In SAS Studio, these output data sets open on the Output Data tab.
  • Process flows are available if you are using the Visual Programmer perspective. Starting in this release, you can drag a data set from the Libraries pane and add it to a process flow. For more information, see Add Data to the Process Flow.
  • You can now open any file in the Text Viewer, which enables you to quickly see the data or code in a file. This functionality might be useful if you are trying to determine the delimiter used in a TXT file.

SAS Studio Tasks

New Tasks

Here are the new tasks for this release:

Enhanced Tasks

The user interface for these tasks has been simplified, so you can more quickly generate results.

Updates to the Common Task Model

If you create custom tasks for your site, here are the changes to the Common Task Model (CTM) in SAS Studio 3.4.
  • The combobox control has a new editable attribute, which enables users to enter a value in the combobox control.
  • In the numstepper control, you can now define customized messages by using the new promptMessage and rangeMessage attributes.
  • In the Velocity code, the new getRowsCount method and columnExists method enable you to learn more about the Datasource object.
  • A Velocity variable is now created for the string input type.
For more information, see SAS Studio: Developer's Guide.

Documentation Enhancements

The SAS Studio: User's Guide now includes a “Customized Output Environment” appendix.
You must customize the SAS Studio output environment when you want to perform any of these tasks:
  • generate output for other output destinations
  • send results to another location
  • use a custom style for your output
  • use an image format other than the default
  • create a drill-down graph
  • create an animated GIF or SVG image
For more information, see Customized Output Environment.