So once again, this was the break down of points!
- All “qualified” Submissions = 100 Points (this means you sumitted something that actually works)
- Weblog = 40 to 120 Points
- Technical Article = 120 Points
- How To/Tutorial = 200 Points
- SDN TV Submission = 300 Points
Response was very good and it is with great pleasure I can share with you each of the entries! Now each of the names below submitted either via Weblog or email most did both to me before the December 31, 2005 23:59 PST deadline and each of these individuals have just received 100 points for their submission plus however many points their normal submission received.
- SDN POINTS BLOW OUT: Chart SDN Forum Users online – Gregor Wolf
- Html Canvas – Display SAP Data as a Bar Graph – Sameer Shadab
- Flatliners: Example to Show Cohesion Between Client Application and Backend – Eddy De Clercq
- PHP Demo (ZIP archive you must be logged in to download) – Anton Wenzelhuemer
- BSP Demo (ZIP archive you must be logged in to download) – Yuvaraj Mani
- SDN POINTS BLOW OUT: Simple Bar Chart BSP application – Durairaj Athavan Raja
Which leaves just the 128 MB USB/MP3 Stick and an additional 100 Points.
So for the winner, we will be judging BUT we want to hear from the community as well! Your comments and feedbacks will most likely sway our decision one way or another! So let us know what you think as well!
In all the excitement I knew there was something that I left out, luckily Thomas just pointed it and it is something that should be considered by everyone should keep in mind!
I think that anyone reading any of these three weblogs should be aware of a few things. First these are really just tech demos. The state of canvas should make one consider if it should acutally be used in business applications. It is still only a draft specification from WhatWG. It has only been implemented in Apple’s Safari and Firefox 1.5, thereby limiting you audience. Even the current implementation lacks maturity as it has no mechanism for saving the content on the canvas (a big limitation in my opinion).
The second concern is that people may look at these examples and think that this is a prefered method of creating charts and graphs in Netweaver. For those people, they should be aware that SAP offers a tool called the IGS. The IGS is specifically designed to generate charts and graphs from XML. You can interact with the IGS at a higher level because it has pre-built constructs for business graphics. It also has a Visual Designer for creating the layout of your charts. It has UI elements that hook into WebDynpro and BSP (even generating server side events for clicks on different areas of the chart). Finally it outputs standard graphics (JPG, GIF, etc) that can be used/saved in many different formats. I supose that I am a little disappointed that none of the weblogs in this contest even mentioned the standard SAP functionality that does the same thing they were presenting. There are many people reading these weblogs with varing degrees of experience in the SAP world. I think it is wise when showing alternative methods to also point out the standard SAP ones. I might have expected someone to even compare and contast canvas to the IGS. Thomas Jung