Well said, Peter! I'd add that there's no "best way" to learn anything, since the best way depends on the individual's learning style as well as previous knowledge and experience. Some people learn well when concepts are presented abstractly, providing a conceptual framework; others prefer concrete examples and applications at every step. Some learn well from books, others by studying examples, others from formal classes, and so on. There's no answer that's "best" for every person and every SAS topic.Quote:Peter Flom writes:
> Doesn't the "best way to learn SAS" depend on what you
> already know and what you want to learn?
An alternative approach would be to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different learning resources, so that someone can better evaluate what's right for him (or her :-). How interactive is it? How abstract or concrete? Are exercises included? How much help is available? How suitable for a beginner to SAS and programming, for an experienced non-SAS programmer, or for a SAS programmer picking up new skills or reviewing? What background is required to use it successfully? And so on. A lot of this, though, will be specific to the exact resource used, not the type -- not all books take the same approach, nor do all mentors, etc.
Just my $.02.
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