SAS Institute Announces latest version of the SAS/C

From: tsdlist@UNX.SAS.COM
Date: Mon Dec 07 1998 - 14:15:09 EST

SAS Institute ships newest version of
SAS/C(r) Cross-Platform Compiler and
C++ Development System

CARY, NC (December 04, 1998) - SAS Institute Inc., the market leader for integrated data warehousing and decision support, today began shipping its production version of the SAS/C(r) Cross-Platform Compiler and C++ Development System, Release 6.50, for Windows NT and Windows 95. This new release allows users to exploit their workstation development environment to create MVS or VM/CMS applications.

The SAS/C Cross-Platform Compiler and C++ Development System runs on a Windows 95 or Windows NT workstation to produce output files that are transferred to the mainframe for generation of executable load modules. Release 6.50 contains all of the functionality found in the successful mainframe-based SAS/C(r) Compiler. This includes the AR370 archive facility, SAS/C preprocessor, pre-linking, and code-generator capabilities, as well as the production of object modules suitable for debugging.

"Development portability allows applications to be created from the operating systems that best suit the needs of programming personnel," said Barrett Joyner, SAS Institute's vice president of sales and marketing. "The SAS/C Cross-Platform Compiler enables application-development teams to take advantage of the flexibility found in the Windows environment while producing the same efficient code for the MVS and VM/CMS mainframe environments."

By moving the compile and pre-link phases off of the mainframe, CPU cycles are saved for other users. This can amount to a significant reduction in mainframe requirements, directly translating into large cost savings. Also, in heavy development environments, IT professionals often find that performing compilations on local workstations results in a faster turnaround time.

"Prior to using the SAS/C Cross-Platform Compiler on Windows NT, we had to upload new versions of our software source code from the PC network to the mainframe, which took more than an hour, and run the automated compile process for CMS and MVS, which took more than a day," said Billy Guthrie, vice president of product development at Xenos Group. The Toronto-based Xenos Group creates electronic software distribution systems that use the Internet and other technologies for real-time delivery of bills, stat
ements, and other information-intensive documents.

"With the Cross-Platform Compiler, we can compile our entire product line for both MVS and CMS directly from the network version of the source code in about 10 minutes," added Guthrie. "Using MVS to compile was not an option, as we rent our MVS time and the cost of recompiling the entire product line would be outrageous."

SAS Institute's cross-platform software can be integrated into Microsoft Developer Studio, taking advantage of the many project management capabilities of an Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The IDE enables users to specify both project-level and source-level options as well as to perform incremental builds, compiling and pre-linking only the code that has changed since the last build. Users can also automatically perform post-build tasks such as sending object modules to the mainframe for final
 link-editing and execution. The JES output is then returned to the IDE so users can verify that the application runs. This integration allows users to alternate between SAS/C and Microsoft compilers and offers a comprehensive online suite of help files and tutorials. The SAS/C Cross-Platform Compiler can also be invoked from the DOS shell to utilize batch files, the NMAKE utility, and external makefiles that have been exported from the IDE, giving maximum flexibility and ease of use.

The SAS/C Cross-Platform Compiler and C++ Development System are also available for Sun, HP, or RS/6000 UNIX workstations and are priced on a total-user basis.

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