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SAS Interoperability with .NET

We just learned that Savian has released a .NET connector for SAS data sets. We can’t give more details, but apparently it was a huge man-days investment to make it happen. We heard that the SAS data format is fairly complicated, but we’re not sure whether it is because of complex metadata, because of storage optimizations, or because it was intentionally designed to be difficult to interop with. It’s true that data formats which have been around for a long time tend to get complicated because of multi-versioning and old-style binary encoding. Another perfect example of complex encoding is the Microsoft Word binary format, but at least they’ve now done the right thing and fully documented it. In any case, being able to access SAS data sets using .NET technologies is something a lot of people have been waiting for, and which will open a whole new realm of possibilities. It just makes sense!

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  1. 02/09/2010 at 3:10 AM

    BTW, this version has a termination date of June 30, 2010. I will update it once I get bug reports and deal with some known issues in the driver. Very high number of variables on the writer will not be handled properly. I know the fix but I have to implement it.

  2. 02/09/2010 at 3:05 AM


    Thanks for endorsement. It was a labor of love but damn was it a learning experience and painful. There is absolutely 0 documentation on the layout so I had to figure it out and waste a lot of hours.


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