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Author's profile photo Maximilian Schaufler

SDN Meets Labs – Impressions and new ABAP Editor pics

My impressions …

This was my first SAP event I attended in my 10 months I’m working with SAP now, and I have to say that the only thing I didn’t enjoy in the past days was the weather.
Everything else was just great, a lot of interesting sessions, meeting people of course – finally arriving at the Marktstube after a little train-odyssey and getting to meet all the people behinde the names (Craig, Brian, Mark, Ulli, Gregor, Thomas, Eddy, …) was awesome! Definitely community feeling!

Others have written extensively about various sessions already, so I just want to add some content that has not been online yet – a few pictures about what the soon to come SAP gui patch will bring …

ABAP Editor Update

There are quite a few changes, some of them will be in the upcoming patch, others will not (because of required server changes) – don’t ask me which changes will be in the patch, I can’t remember exactly. But here are some teasers for you, some new features of the gui captured on the presentation screen:

On the first picture you can see various changes. Next to the line numbers (!) there are change markers to show you the edited/added lines in your code. And this example also shows that for code elements like FORM you get a whole code fragment just by writing “form” and pressing enter.

Here you see the auto-completion feature for commands, methods, … Method names can now be viewed and choosen from the selection popup, they even have a description and parameter listing available.

This image shows you the additional information that can be retrieved by hitting CTRL+SPACE when the cursor is placed in the code, here shown for a DDIC table and a local table type.

Let the waiting begin …

While most of this features are todays state-of-the-art (and therefore well-known already), it is great to see them getting introduced to the ABAP world finally! I’m looking forward to working with this new editor and all the “new” features it will offer!

If everything goes alright the gui patch with the first changes will be available for download in two weeks from now, so keep your eyes peeled for it 🙂

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Excellent photos Max, we've been waiting for these!!!
      Author's profile photo Thomas Jung
      Thomas Jung
      Isn't it amazing that everyone is getting so excited about new ABAP Editor Features.  But when you think about it, so many new features in the SAP world are centered around new abilities we have to build new tools for our users.  But the ABAP editor is just for us.  Now that I think about it, there is no single application (not even email, or the web browser) that I spend more time in during the day than SE80.  So it is easy to see why we would get excited about improvements to it.
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      I'm excited because it helps to skip over a lot of the ABAP related syntax problems I always have and it's a bit closer to my other IDE's.

      I'm just curious if it'll work for all systems or only newer ones? Gui Patch for 640, 620, 610, 46D, 46C ???

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Hi Max,

      You were really damn fast with your camera perhaps you should work as a paparazzi 😉


      Author's profile photo Dirk Feeken
      Dirk Feeken
      ... I really hate to spoil the party but there was a misunderstanding regarding the availablity.
      While it is correct hat the new editor will be contained technically in one of the next GUI patches, it only works with an 7.0 Web AS (or basis).
      It will come, no question. But you have to wait for the next mySAP Business Suite solutions which will be based on the 7.0 AS.


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      That's it!!! I don't like Web ABAP Dynpro anymore either!

      OK just kidding, but seriously we are waiting on 7.0? Then what was the whole 2 week thing?

      Author's profile photo Brian McKellar
      Brian McKellar
      Yes, definitely this new editor is nice extension to the workbench. There is no doubt. And we should know! Unfortunately, there is always a subtle difference between what is running in our development systems (that is why we call it a lab!) and that what is shipped (called productive code). To transform rumors into facts, the ABAP Language Group has decided to blog the official version: the real truth, so to say directly from the developers.

      Just to set the record straight: this new editor is team work at its best, with Alexey (who did the jam session), doing major parts of the development work. The part where rumors and facts lay far apart (in what is coming when) are in the more advanced ABAP features, requiring the ABAP Language Group to come out at tell us what they have been brewing!

      So let us wait a day or two, for our newest blogger to be online.


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Good to hear ... staying tuned 🙂
      Author's profile photo DJ Adams
      DJ Adams

      Unfortunately I missed the part of the Demo Jam that showed this stuff - I was busy getting lost in the car somewhere near Mainz.

      Did anyone mention if this would be available for the Java SAPGUI too (for those of us who don't run Windows)?


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      Former Member
      No, as far as I remember there was nothing mentioned about what kind of gui this update is about.