Speak Your Mind
I have received an amazing response to New ABAP Editor; too good to wait for.. In fact based upon the number of page views and emails I have received, I would say there is huge interest in this new editor.
It seems a shame that SAP is only going to release this new editor as part of WebAS 7.0 (Netweaver 04S). For most of us that means that working in this editor could still be 5 years or more in the future.
Even if you would have access to 7.0 via a standalone WebAS or BW system, many of us still do the majority of our ABAP coding in an R/3 system. Most businesses are hesitant to upgrade their core business system too often, not wanting to incur cost and disruption. From talking to people, I would say that it is not uncommon for a company to wait 4-5 years in between R/3 upgrades (supported further by SAP’s 5/2/1 support policy). I doubt that most development teams could approach upper management and justify an R/3 upgrade just so they could get access to a better development tool.
Take my company for instance. We are currently on 46C (and have been for almost 5 years). We are planning our upgrade to ERP2004 later this year. ERP2004 will still only put us on a WebAS 640 system. Then there are the thousands of customers who have already upgraded to R/3 Enterprise (a WebAS 620 based system). For many of us a 7.0 system with the new ABAP editor is still a far off dream.
This is where we have an opportunity to have our voices heard via SDN. For the first time the ABAP developer community has a loud unified voice here on SDN. Perhaps if we can gather enough response, SAP will see that there is customer demand and value for back-porting the new editor and integrating it into the ABAP workbench in older WebAS releases.
What I would like to suggest is that everyone interested, please go to the following forum posting:
Back-porting the New ABAP Editor to older WebAS Releases
Reply to this posting, simply stating what release you would like to see the new editor back-ported to. Please be realistic (no 3.0F is not realistic). What version of the WebAS do you really think you will be developing on for the next few years.