SAP Integration

18 Mar: Don’t Try Coding ABAP Core Data Services Without Reading This First

Core Data Services, or CDS, is a “semantically rich” Data Definition Language (or DDL) created by SAP. It provides an easy to understand and reusable tool that ABAP developers can utilize to execute the “code pushdown” paradigm. CDS has evolved into different variants, but the ABAP developer should chiefly be concerned with two specific ones…The lesser used option is HANA CDS, the database language that can be used to create tables, views, and structures on the HANA database itself. Views created in HANA can be consumed from the Netweaver AS using Native SQL. The second and most important variant of CDS that should concern ABAPers is the ABAP CDS. While significant differences have evolved between the two variants — for example, SAP HANA-based CDS obviously operates on SAP HANA, while ABAP-based CDS operates on most major database platforms as well as SAP HANA, and each has a different type of repository for development objects — both variants pursue the same goal: to represent central data definitions as a common basis for application development of all kinds.

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25 Oct: New Features in ABAP 7.4 – Enhanced Search Helps

Now in ABAP 7.4, you can enhance the functionality of a search help object to display possible search results and further values already while typing in a drop-down box beneath the search field. This assists the user who is searching for the desired entry. In addition, for fuzzy searches you can define an error-tolerant value in order to define the deviation of the relevant results.

19 Sep: New Features in ABAP 7.4 – Internal Tables

With the new internal table constructs in ABAP 7.2 and ABAP 7.4 we have the ability to create ABAP code with fewer statements for the same functionality, without compromising readability of the code. New built-in functions like LINE_INDEX and LINE_EXISTS, and new constructor operators such as CORRESPONDING allow us more flexibility and extensibility when developing and maintaining our ABAP code.

14 Aug: New Features in ABAP 7.4 – Conditional Logic

With the new conditional code constructs in ABAP 7.2 and ABAP 7.4 we have the ability to create ABAP code with fewer statements for the same functionality, without compromising readability of the code. New boolean functions like XSDBOOL, and new conditional operators such as SWITCH and COND allow us more flexibility and extensibility when developing and maintaining our ABAP code.

18 Jul: New Features in ABAP 7.4 – Calling Methods and Functions

With the new code constructs in ABAP 7.2 and ABAP 7.4 we have the ability to create ABAP code with fewer statements for the same functionality, without compromising readability of the code. METHOD CHAINING can make our code shorter, easier to read, and easier to maintain. INLINE DECLARATIONS can help us avoid TYPE MISMATCH errors. And using a CONSTRUCTOR OPERATOR can save us time by eliminating lines of code while increasing the readability of our code.

13 Jun: New Features in ABAP 7.4 – String Processing

With the new string options like String Templates, Chaining of strings, and embedded expression string functions, we have the ability to create ABAP code with fewer statements for the same functionality, without compromising readability of the code. If you’re working on a ABAP 7.02 – 7.04 based system, I would start using new ABAP coding because they will improve your speed of development and make your programs better maintainable.