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Working together to enable Mobile Tagging in the SAP Business Suite

During last year, it was interesting to learn about QR Codes and I was very very happy when able to generate them directly from ABAP. It was a pleasure to host, at SAP TechEd 2010 in Berlin, the session CD119 – Introducing QR-Codes in Your SAP System (download).

I presented there three ways, in add to the Adobe Form, to generate QR Codes from ABAP:

  • calling the command line open source library Libqrencode
  • calling the open source Java class ZXing (Zebra Crossing)
  • calling the free Google Chart API

Great blog by Robert about the use of ZXing (Zebra Crossing)

I was happy to read the great blog Generating QR codes with a Zebra Crossing in the Java stack by the Active Contributor Robert Russell that describes in detail the related how-to.

New encoding approach from Raja based on JavaScript

It was nice surprise when fellow SAP Mentor Durairaj Athavan Raja told me he discovered and implemented a completely different approach based on the pure JavaScript library available here.

Another new encoding approach from Robert based on Postscript

But the power of the SDN community was even more evident once Robert in his fantastic blog Barcodes in SAP with the Barcode Writer in Pure Postscript. proposed another completely different approach based on Postscript.

Working together via SDN (wiki, code exchnage)

Since I believe we’re just at the beginning, I extended the use of the SDN platform taking advantage also of the Wiki and the Code Exchange to prepare for a better collaboration.

Wiki Mobile Tagging

About wiki, we created the page http://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/EmTech/Mobile+Tagging to collect materials related to QR Codes but also the other similar technologies:

 

Code Exchange project abap2qrcode

In Code Exchange indeed I created the project abap2qrcode where you can find the HTTP Handler class (/nSICF) I propose to use as a generic method to generate QR Codes together with the ABAP class that wrap Google Chart API making you the life easier.

The HTTP Handler accepts typical QR Code parameters and it could be easily enhanced to call any new ABAP Class that will represent another generation option.

The URL parameter “t” (type), for example, could be used to specify the type of encoding to be used.  “gc” stands for Google ChartAPI, “jzx” stands for the implementation based on ZXing Java Encode. 

Have a look to ABAP class ZSDN_QRCODE_ICF_HANDLER (available in the various .slnk files fo the project) to get a better understanding.

In the project you’ll also find a Web Dynpro application to test QR Code generation online. It is called zsdn_abap2qrcode_generate.

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  • Hello Sergio,
    I really admire how you can pick a topic and then cover it so deeply. That is great. I have no immediate use for QR codes, but understand how important they´re for the future and even for the present in some fields/ modules.
    I especially LOVE this blog because you offer number of solutions for the problem you picked up and mention all the credits and emphasize the team work and one can really feel and even touch the community spirit in what you guys have accomplished here.
    Please work on these topics as you do now and bring us more of the collaborative community joy. This is from my heart, touched me deeply,
    best regards,
    Otto