SAS is a procedural third-generational programming language
, based on C
. It was developed by a team of agricultural staticians in the early 1960s, who ultimately saw the commercial value of their product as a tool for providing business intelligence solutions
. In 1976 they incorporated a company also called SAS
and it became the world's largest privately held software company
, and they have been producing several innovative software packages since.
SAS (the company) is famous for offering its employees a 35 hour work week.
However apparently most users are not interested in using the more obscure statistical features of SAS; rather they are attracted to its ability to manipulate, sort and compare data sets reasonably quickly. It also has a syntax that is very easy to forget, meaning that SAS programmers are forever having to code with a ten kilogram manual on their laps, trying to find the PRINT command amongst instructions on binomially distributing variables in Sumerian year format.