I hope you’ve all downloaded the SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment trial version and managed to get a first impression of some of the new features, capabilities and improvements of the next version of Visual Composer, which provides the modeling environment in which to create UI views for composite applications.
You probably noticed that in this version you create components and not iViews. A component can be either a composite view (similar to an iView in Visual Composer 7.0 – 2004s) or a service component (a complex data service). The nice thing about components is that you can easily reuse them in other models.
In Visual Composer for NetWeaver 7.0, a nested iView or other embedded component is an integral part of the model itself and cannot be reused by other models. In Visual Composer for CE, “embedding” a model simply means creating a reference from one component to another component.
As a result, model creation, maintenance, and efficiency are significantly streamlined.
Another important improvement that you probably observed is the new Lifecycle Management capability. In order to use source control with your models, you can integrate Visual Composer with NetWeaver Development Infrastructure and its Design Time Repository, or use the improved shared repository that enables basic source control functionality such as check-in, check-out, and revert.
And what about the actual modeling experience? That we also improved, providing you with a more intuitive way to create wizards and other containers, the ability to define a sequence of actions, a new switch operator, and much more….
In my upcoming blogs, I’ll explore more of the new Visual Composer capabilities and drill-down into the details…
But before then, come on – install the trial version and start previewing Visual Composer for SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment. I’d be very happy to hear your feedback and learn from your experiences!
Hope to see you all in our CE sessions at TechEd:
CE106 – Modeling with SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer – Status and Outlook lecture
CE153 – Modeling in Visual Composer for SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment – nd Hands-on session
CE250 – Advanced Modeling in Visual Composer for SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment – an Hands-on session