Java Developer learning ABAP
You have already seen some of my blog entries about Portal development with Java. I have recently started learning ABAP. With this entry, I am starting a new series of blogs about ABAP development in which I will present to you my progress in the world of ABAP!
For the past couple of years, Ive been working on the SAP Enterprise Portal, first on the implementation project, then developing some Java iViews. Later I found myself trying to understand Business Server Pages (BSP) development done in the Portal in order to support some HR applications. BSPs are similar to Sun Microsystems Java Server Pages (JSP) or Microsofts Active Server Pages (ASP), except instead of Java or VBScript, they use ABAP, mixed with HTML. HTMLB libraries work very nicely within BSPs.
So in a roundabout way, I found myself trying to decipher ABAP code, which looks like gibberish if youre not used to it. I had programmed a little bit in COBOL in my first year at university and ABAP looked a lot like it. After many hours of pretending to understand it, I decided to actually start learning ABAP properly. Although, Im still very much a beginner, I can happily report that ABAP doesnt look too bad anymore.
I present to you my first ABAP program that pulls up data from an SAP table I know the code below is trivial, but for a beginner, its pretty awesome only a month ago, I couldnt have written this:
My First ABAP Example Program:
Note: The table I’m using in the example was created just for this blog entry as a simple demo so you will not find this in your system.
Courses to take:
These should get a beginner started with ABAP development:
Look at course descriptions and details on booking information for these courses at the SAP Education web site.
BC400 ABAP Workbench Concepts and Tools
BC401 ABAP Objects
BC402 Advanced ABAP
BC405 Programming ABAP Reports
BC410 Developing User Dialogs
Books to buy:
Start with one of the following:
ABAP is an easy to learn to language. Im probably going at it backwards: trying to learn ABAP after having programmed in Java, when most people in the SAP world seem to be ABAPers trying to learn Java.