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Just landed in Berlin, met up with a friend and within 5 mins we are having a disucssion about ABAP vs Java.

He putting forward the case that “everything” is moving to ABAP and me putting the case that with the advent of NetWeaver 7.30 we can look forward to further investments in the Java application server and a simplification of customers landscapes.

 So who is right ? Probably neither of us….

SAP has a massive investment in both platforms and I think they both have a place in the SAP landscape. To be honest I think we need to be talking about ABAP and Java.

Anyway looking forward to many more discussions over the next couple of days on many different topics, including Sybase, In Memory DB, DyDesign and much more….let TechEd begin 🙂

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  1. Paul S Andrews
    Five years ago I would have suggested that java was the future while ABAP although remaining for some time  to the huge investment that SAP had in the language, taking the back seat. Today I would suggest that SAP has swung back towards ABAP for their main business applications with java moving to the periphery for supporting technology such as PI and CE.
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  2. Michelle Crapo
    Java AND ABAP.

    The problem would be the support structure for mid-size companies.  Companies – like mine – would have to hire Java and Abap resources.  Or spend the money to have us all know both technologies.

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  3. Guido Brune
    Hello,

    I come from the ABAP and BI world!

    As I heard SAP is implementing the Business Logic Business by Design and Business Suite in ABAP.

    Java and ABAP share some concepts, but ABAP is optimize to build solid business logic. With Web Dynpro for ABAP they have a state-of-art UI framework.

    SAP did many good things for Java, for example state-of-art application thread-based Java execution, but now-a-day with the acquistion of Sun of Oracle Java becomes a “weapon”. Larry,
    make peace not war. 😉

    SAP need to free ABAP! ABAP on Elispe might be a first, but we need to have choices. From the being I will stay happy with SE80. Sorry, Thomas R.! 😉

    All the best,

    Guido

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