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DS2 Programming: Essentials

Course Details
Code: DS2
Tuition (USD): $1,300.00 • Classroom (2 days)
$1,300.00 • Virtual (2 days)
Course Details
GSA (USD): $1,178.84 • Classroom (2 days)
$1,178.84 • Virtual (2 days)

This course focuses on DS2, which is a fourth-generation SAS proprietary language for advanced data manipulation. DS2 enables parallel processing and storage of large data with re-usable methods and packages. This course is designed for programmers with large data who want to use modern programming techniques and structures.

Skills Gained

  • identify the similarities and differences between the SAS DATA step and the DS2 DATA step
  • convert a Base SAS DATA step to a DS2 DATA step
  • create DS2 variable declarations, expressions, and methods for data conversion, manipulation, and conditional processing
  • create user-defined packages and use predefined packages to store, share, and execute DS2 methods and extend the capabilities of the DD2 language
  • create and execute DS2 threads for parallel processing
  • leverage the SAS In-Database Code Accelerator to execute DS2 code outside of a SAS session
  • execute DS2 code in the SAS High-Performance Analytics grid using the HPDS2 procedure.

Who Can Benefit

  • Experienced SAS software users who want to use modern programming techniques for manipulating large data


  • This course is not appropriate for beginning SAS software users. Before attending this course, you should have several months of SAS programming experience or have taken the SAS(R) Programming II: Manipulating Data with the DATA Step course. You should also have a solid background in ANSI SQL: 1999.

Course Details


  • introduction to DS2
  • course logistics

Getting Started

  • Hello, World
  • basic DS2 syntax

DATA Step versus DS2 DATA Programs

  • similarities to the DATA step

New Data Types and Syntax

  • DATA program structuring
  • data types
  • automatic data type conversion
  • expressions
  • selected functions

Methods, Packages, and Threads

  • methods
  • user-defined packages
  • predefined packages
  • threads

DS2 Unleashed

  • SAS In-Database Code Accelerator
  • introduction to the HPDS2 procedure

Learning More

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