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15 May: New Features in ABAP 7.4 – Declaring and Creating Variables

As time has gone by, more and more commands and constructs have been added to the ABAP language. While many changes came as a result of the introduction of SAP NetWeaver 7.02, that is nothing compared to the deluge of change that came with version 7.4. Inline ABAP DATA declarations are a new concept introduced in release 7.4 which allows you to declare your internal table variables or work areas within the code that uses them. This is done simply by adding the DATA(wa_data) or @DATA(it_data) statements.

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17 Apr: New Features in ABAP 7.4 – Database Access

As time has gone by, more and more commands and constructs have been added to the ABAP language. While nothing has been taken away, this is to ensure backward compatibility, the rate of change seems to be accelerating. While many changes came as a result of the introduction of SAP NetWeaver 7.02, that is nothing compared to the deluge of change that came with version 7.4.