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SAS GUI Functionality


SAS Studio provide following Windows for better Programming purpose:

  • Code /Editor Window: Used to write and Edit codes. Enhanced Editor in SAS EG is syntax sensitive and allow you to collapse and expand the various steps in the program
  • Server Files and Folders: Show the Physical Storage Locations of Data
  • Log Window: Information about the execution of a program and lists the errors, warning or notes associated with the  program.
  • Result Window: Displays the output of program, it display each part of our results in a outline form.


In SAS EG, we have two more windows:

  • Project Designer: It show the Process Flow of a Project in Flow charts
  • Project Explorer: It show the Process Flow of a Project as Drop Down Menu
  • Output Window: If program generates any printable results, they will appear in this window.

Click the Run button to execute the SAS program.

SAS Log Contains following information:

  • Version of SAS and SAS site number
  • SAS Statements with line number added on that left
  • DATA Step is followed by name of the dataset and number of observation and variables.
  • It says about computer recourses used for DATA and PROC Steps.





Layout of a SAS Program: We don’t have any specific rules for SAS statements.

  • SAS Statements can be in upper or lower case.
  • Statements can continue on next line
  • Statements can be on same line as other statement
  • Statements can start in any column

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To insert comments in your SAS program, we have two styles of comment:

  1. Start with asterisk (*) and end with semicolon (;).
  2. Start with slash asterisk (/*) and end with asterisk slash (*/).


How SAS execute DATA Step?

Data steps execute line-by-line and observation-by-observation.

This means SAS take first observation and run it   through the all DATA step line by line before taking the second observation. SAS execute only one observation at time.

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