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SAS Interoperability with .NET

02/09/2010 2 comments

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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