Exercises and Projects for The Little SAS Book, Fifth Edition Reviews

"Since the first edition was printed in 1996, The Little SAS Book (now in its fifth edition) has been a guiding light for new and experienced SAS programmers alike. Now, there is a companion guide that empowers Little SAS Book readers to test their programming knowledge and apply their programming skills through a compelling array of SAS questions, exercises, and projects. Their quality is what Little SAS Book readers have come to expect from Lora and Susan. They have teamed with an additional coauthor, Rebecca Ottesen, to offer a tour de force of questions, exercises, and projects corresponding to The Little SAS Book, Fifth Edition chapters. The exercises and projects in particular are on programming topics in industries from medicine to education to transportation. Through this guide, Little SAS Book readers now have a resource to become Little SAS Book users, and ultimately, better SAS programmers!"

Herbert M. Turner, III
President and Principal Scientist, ANALYTICA, Inc
Adjunct Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods, PENN GSE

"Exercises and Projects for The Little SAS Book, Fifth Edition is exactly what the student ordered - a perfect environment for self-assessment, with exercises, on a chapter-by-chapter basis, designed to parallel the content of its companion book, The Little SAS Book: A Primer, Fifth Edition. At a very basic level, education and content delivery are sometimes unidimensional, void of a holistic approach to learning; however, the approach, as designed by the authors' format, motivates a 'learn-by-doing' path to content mastery. The format of the exercises in this book provides a framework for the learner to move from basic recall of facts and application, as assessed through multiple-choice questions, short answers, and programming exercises requiring hands-on coding, to higher-order levels of learning, as assessed through carefully crafted and directed project topics.

"Students in our one-year Masters of Science in Analytics program, many having no prior SAS knowledge, are trained and pass several SAS certification exams, including the SAS Certified Base Programmer. I will recommend Exercises and Projects for The Little SAS Book, Fifth Edition to our incoming students and feel it is a prerequisite for every successful SAS programmer."

Joni Shreve, PhD
Director and Practicum Coordinator, Master of Science in Analytics Program
Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences
Louisiana State University

"Exercises and Projects for The Little SAS Book, Fifth Edition is filled with very good exercises for beginners to solidify the concepts presented in The Little SAS Book. The exercises cover everything from data management to basic analysis and reports. It includes all of the basics that a beginner should know about SAS in a clear, straightforward format. The book includes multiple-choice and short answer questions which are helpful to remind users of key concepts. It also includes programming exercises to practice the actual coding, and this includes helpful hints to help solve the problems without giving away too much. The "Projects" at the end of the manual are excellent case studies which help synthesize the information learned from the book into full real-life-type applications. I would recommend this book to any SAS user who is new or looking to formalize their base understanding of SAS Software."

Jennifer First-Kluge
Vice President
Systems Seminar Consultants

"Exercises and Projects for The Little SAS Book, Fifth Edition offers a much-needed, hands-on exercise listing that is perfect for students. The quick views at common questions using a multiple-choice platform offer a fun way to hit on many key concepts for basic SAS programming. The short answers allow a broader view of a topic and provide a good segue from the multiple choice to the programming exercises. I am regularly looking for tools to use in the classroom and this will make a great addition."

Tyler C Smith, MS, PhD
Department of Community Health
School of Health and Human Services
National University

"This supplement to The Little SAS Book, Fifth Edition by Susan Slaughter and Lora Delwiche is one of those books that the user community has been longing for. For this book of exercises, the Slaughter/Delwiche team has been joined by Cal Poly Professor and SAS Instructor Rebecca Ottesen.

"Exercises and Projects for The Little SAS Book, Fifth Edition contains a nice variety of questions and exercises that will both challenge and assist users that are either new to SAS or are brushing up on their SAS skills - perhaps in preparation for a Base SAS Certification examination. Organized by chapters, which are synced to The Little SAS Book, Fifth Edition, the questions are made up of multiple choice, short answer, and programming exercises. Answers are provided for the multiple-choice and short answer questions (although in true academic style, only for the odd numbered questions) with specific book sections cited for reference. For each of the programming tasks or projects, a hint is provided (fortunately for both the even and odd questions).

"The Little SAS Book series has long been a favorite way of introducing users to SAS. Now those users of The Little SAS Book, Fifth Edition can not only test their understanding, but hone their skills as well by using the Exercises and Projects for The Little SAS Book, Fifth Edition. If you intend to use The Little SAS Book to learn SAS, you really should use this companion book to make sure that you are getting full value from your learning efforts."

Art Carpenter
"Following the great success of The Little SAS Book, both new and experienced SAS programmers can now take advantage of the companion exercises and projects workbook to reinforce their SAS knowledge. From getting data into SAS, reporting and statistical analysis to advanced SAS macro programming, there are numerous practical questions, exercises and projects included in the book.

"Each chapter has three sections: multiple-choice questions confirm key SAS points, short answers allow you to explore SAS programming techniques, and projects allow more time to master SAS concepts. One approach may be to answer the chapter questions and then complete short answers if you missed several questions. When combined, these three methods help users write smarter SAS programs, take advantage of SAS options and SAS procedures, as well as take less time to debug programs."

Sunil Gupta
Associate Director of Statistical Programming