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SAP NetWeaver CE 7.1 enhancement package 1 – Development Tools

There are numerous improvments in CE that will be shipped with enhancement package 1. The purpose of this blog is to merely hightlight some of them in the developer tools realm. Yes, this is all documented in the release notes under ‘What’s New …’ in the Application Server Java section but just in case not everyone reads the notes I wanted to show off a few of of the items :-).

JPA Wizard

This recording will walk you through setting up a Java Dictionary connection as well as the dictionary development component – note: local dictionary projects have been deprecated. Once you have fulfilled the necessary prerequisites you can create the JPA project, define the entities via the wizard and generated the corresponding DDL – very nice. Have a look.

Debug Framework

Again, debugging in the Java stack is nothing new but with enhancement package 1 there’s now a category called ‘SAP Applications’ when you open the debug dialog via ‘Run->Open Debug Dialog…’ in the developer studio. You can create numerous, reusable configurations which is very helpful if you have multiple CE systems you need to test on (local, joint DEV, QA). Rather than explaining it in words, have a look at the annotated recording.

Odds & Ends

As the heading implies, some smaller items but they all add up to increase developer productivity. For example, the new runtime reference editor for applicatian-j2ee-engine.xml files and the new filter and listener wizards for dynamic web projects that automatically generate the skeleton classes for you. Again, a short video below shows them in action.

This was only a sampling. There are a lot of new features as well as improved existing functionality that I encourage you to read up on in the release notes.

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