Next Up: SAS Enterprise Guide Custom Tasks Course in Sydney

I’m on my way back from SAS® Global Forum 2016 (#SASGF), where I heard all about the all new SAS Viya™ platform, and the next exciting thing on my agenda is attending Chris Hemedinger’s course Developing Custom Tasks for SAS Enterprise Guide in Sydney on 3-4 May (it’s also on in Melbourne on 5-6 May).

If you’re interested in extending SAS Enterprise Guide to create useful tools for SAS EG users in your organization then you won’t want to miss the opportunity to attend this course. It is written and delivered by the guy that literally wrote the book on SAS EG custom tasks after all!

Custom Tasks BookI first read Chris’ book Custom Tasks for SAS® Enterprise Guide® Using Microsoft .NET back in 2013 and wrote a blog post about it and how I found it useful in building a couple of custom tasks to query metadata: a Metadata Table Finder and Metadata Column Finder. Incidentally Metacoda provides these customs tasks for free if you want to use them with your SAS platform installation.

I’m looking forward to this course to find about more about creating custom tasks, fill in a few blanks, and generally pick Chris’ brains for a couple of days! :)

If you want to find out more about the course, or reserve a place, then I’d suggest you contact SAS Education soon via the contacts details on the course page.

Hope you see you there!

Updated SAS Enterprise Guide Admin Paper

One of the papers I regularly recommended to administrators of SAS® Enterprise Guide was TS-788 What SAS® Administrators Should Know about Libraries, Metadata, and SAS® Enterprise Guide 4.1 (PDF), especially for its discussion of the AssignMode extended attribute.

Thanks to a recent post by Chris Hemedinger on The SAS Dummy blog, I’ve discovered that there’s now an updated version of it available: What SAS Administrators Should Know about Libraries, Metadata, and SAS Enterprise Guide (SAS 9.2, SAS Enterprise Guide 4.2 & 4.3) (PDF).

It’s well worth a read and has a great FAQ section at the end. It also mentions METAOUT=DATAREG – new in SAS 9.2.

BTW, if you’re a SAS platform administrator who supports SAS Enterprise Guide users, and you’re not already a reader of The SAS Dummy, I’d definitely recommend adding it to your RSS subscriptions.

Found some SAS Enterprise Guide Custom Task development resources

I just saw an interesting SAS Discussion Forum thread relating to the development of custom tasks for SAS Enterprise Guide 4.2 & 4.3. Chris@SAS posted a reply containing a number of links to resources. Looks like a very useful list so I’m filing it away in case I have a need to do any custom task work at a later date.

I saw there is also a SAS support site page on Creating Custom Add-In Tasks for SAS Enterprise Guide with examples, templates and documentation at