You're correct in that a number of companies have done it. I believe SPSS
can do it, WPS, Stat Transfer, dbmscopy, and perhaps others have also done
it. But what I think is unique about this is that Alan is talking about
offering plug-ins so you can roll-your-own so to speak. How cool would it be
to have some type of driver/plugin for R?
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From: Chang Chung [mailto:chang_y_chung@HOTMAIL.COM]
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 2:50 PM
To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU; Phil Rack
Subject: Re: Reading & Writing SAS data sets without SAS
On Mon, 27 Jul 2009 14:03:58 -0400, Philip Rack <PhilRack@MINEQUEST.COM>
>I was out on Alan Churchill's blog and noticed that he's able to read AND
>write SAS data sets now without using SAS. Rather interesting...
It must be incredibly difficult, but this has been done -- Stat/Transfer has
been able to read and write SAS datasets.
I hope SI makes .sas7bdat and related proprietary binary file formats open
documented. It's been a while they replaced the version 6 binary files
and so forth), and should be stable by now.
It ultimately pays to play nice with others, I believe. :-)