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Author's profile photo Edward Pelyavskyy

Has SAPlink lost its passion? – an open letter to SAPlink creators

Passion

Lately I’ve read a lot about passion on SCN. Let me share mine.

I fell in love with SAP at first sight. Literally…

Being an IT professional by education I’ve done my part of Assembler, C++, Delphi, VB programming before seeing the SAP GUI for the first time in 2001.

The interface looked nothing like I programmed myself.

I thought if a company is willing to put so much effort into its GUI it must be a good company! To paraphrase Bill Maher “I was not wrong”.

The Letter

This is an open source letter to the creators of SAPlink (The Honorary Creators): Daniel McWeeney and Ed Herrmann

I would like to bring to the attention of the SCN community the current dormant state of the SAPlink project:

On the positive side SAPlink is still open source and free.

The Honorary Creators,

Where did the passion go?

How can we make SAPlink live a full and passionate life again?

Why are you hesitant to accept the patches quicker?
If there is a concern that a patch may break some functionality I’m proposing a framework of unit tests that should make the validation of the changes easier.

I’m hoping to get some feedback from The Honorary Creators and all other people in the SCN community who are interested in the SAPlink project.

More Passion

Whenever I feel lost or tired of SAP, I try to remember those feelings of excitement I had when I first saw the SAP GUI. Those feelings bring me back to life and keep me going.

The Honorary Creators, can you please type saplink.org in your browsers and try to remember the feelings you had on Sep 03, 2006 when the first and second revisions of SAPlink were committed to SVN

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      Author's profile photo Rockford Patrick
      Rockford Patrick
      My company uses SAPlink as a way to capture our intellectual property from our customers' systems. We would love for further development to be done. Great article with regards to the direction of this project.
      Author's profile photo Sandra Rossi
      Sandra Rossi
      ...because in a very recent blog (ALV Object Model made easy with a wrapper class), Rich Heilman (member of this project) posted a comment about the next version. So maybe SAPlink will ressuscite... 🙂 Anyway some people still contribute to it by adding plugins
      Author's profile photo Edward Pelyavskyy
      Edward Pelyavskyy
      Blog Post Author
      Sandra,

      In your reply to the above blog you said regarding SAPlink "I thought it was dead". I bet you that's what many people think too.

      The problem of the creators abandoning an open source project is not unique to SAPlink. It happens in all open source communities. People simply lose interest...

      I hope my blog can generate ideas on how to keep SAPlink going

      Author's profile photo Graham Robinson
      Graham Robinson
      It would be great if some of the people wanting more from SAPLink offered to contribute to the project.

      That is what Open Source is all about - not free software.

      Cheers
      Graham Robbo

      Author's profile photo Graham Robinson
      Graham Robinson
      BTW - if you think that Dan and Ed don't have passion then you really don't know these guys at all.

      Cheers
      Graham Robbo

      Author's profile photo Edward Pelyavskyy
      Edward Pelyavskyy
      Blog Post Author
      Are you kidding? I follow their passion on enterprisegeeks.com

      It would be nice if some of that passion could be brought back to SAPlink 😉

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      The short answer is no, SAPlink has not lost it's passion. For a more detailed response, please check out our Has SAPlink lost its passion? - an open letter to SAPlink creators
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Sorry for the bad link in the post above.  The correct link is http://enterprisegeeks.com/blog/2010/04/05/enterprise-geeks-podcast-saplink-edition-1/
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      While SAPLink may still be used and maybe a new release is in the works, I was unable to find any recent actions on the SAPLink-pages.
      What I am missing most, is a list of all available plugins.
      I could not find plugins for the following objects:
      ACID     Checkpoint-Gruppe          
      ECAT     eCATT Testskript
      ECTC     eCATT Testkonfiguration
      ENHO     Enhancement Implementation
      ENHS     Enhancement Spot     
      SCAT     Testfall
      SHMA     Shared Objects: Definierte Gebietseigenschaften     
      SOTR     Alle Konzepte (OTR) eines Pakets - Kurztexte          
      TOBJ     Definition eines Pflege- und Transport-Objektes          

      I would be willing to help - but how do you get in contact with an inactive project?

      Author's profile photo Edward Pelyavskyy
      Edward Pelyavskyy
      Blog Post Author
      Hi,

      I'm working on ACID and related AVAR. Here: http://code.google.com/p/saplink-saab/

      Warning: The code of ACID and AVAR is not yet properly tested.

      Planning to release soon once tested with http://slqa.evpnet.com

      Regards,
      Edward