The Paris Herald Tribune once published a satirical column by Art Buchwald describing a mythical American tourist who visited Paris and ran a 'four-minute Louvre.' The tourist touched all the must-see bases-the Venus de Milo, the Mona Lisa, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace-making excellent time Buchwald wrote, 'under perfect conditions, with a smooth floor, excellent lighting, and no wind.'
Superficial involvement with substance is something one can poke fun at, but it has no place in serious matters. There is no way one could race through Don Henderson's new book about how to use the Application Dispatcher in SAS/IntrNet. This is material that demands close, patient, and studious attention.
This book reveals two characteristics of the author himself. First, he is a person who willingly gives away his own know-how, sharing highly valuable insights with anyone who cares to listen. Second, he is someone who is able to master advanced coding techniques easily and apply that mastery to solving complex coding problems. Any programmer who works with SAS/IntrNet will feel a sense of indebtedness to Don for making life easier.
This book, which could have been subtitled Making the Most of SAS/IntrNet, makes it easy to realize that the software has tremendous depth and is up to the job of dealing with practical coding requirements. This shouldn't astonish us. After all, SAS software in general has continued to evolve and take on enhanced capabilities. Thus, to understand the Application Dispatcher, one must make the same kind of effort that is involved in learning ODS or SAS/GRAPH, for example. Don challenges the reader to do just that. There is no fluff here, only solid meat. Each paragraph, each example, contains important information that a reader must digest slowly and carefully.
This text is so educational that it really ought to become material for a new course offered by SAS. Each chapter contains examples that could be converted easily into exercises. In any form, Don's masterful work will help SAS programmers to become better and stronger.
Jim Sattler, President
Satmari Software Systems, Inc.