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Author's profile photo Rajendrakumar Gaikwad

NWDS 7.3 and me

I was excited to see the NWDS 7.3,and eager to see the studio up and running.
But i had to wait for a while as it required JRE 1.6 version.Downloaded the same from oracle website and whoa! NWDS came up with a new splash screen,looks the same as NWDS for CE Version,but its new for those who have not worked on CE. I know most of webdynpro developers must have tested the  CE Flavour already, but for some who work under client restricions it will be new.So i thought lets install and see what’s in store and write a Blog about it. Boss should know i am exploring new features 🙂
Lets Start!!!


The Splash Scrren……….

The Splash Screen itself gives the feeling of what’s in store in the new version.


No Local Projects! Work with Development Components only 🙂

 I always had my new team members explore the local project option firstto
learn the webdynpro concepts and then switch to the NWDI learning.Now i can
ask the trainer to jump start with DC creation.I must thank the SAP NWDS Product team for this revision.

Now let’s create a New project using the Wizard.
we select the web dynpro DC type.


Selecting the  SC

we will create under the Local Development, thus select the MyComponents SC.


Layout of the IDE.

The layout gives a nice feeling and certainly look and feel is vastly improved.
Drag and Drop feature is aptly used everywhere.e.g we can Drag and Drop the Objects (Component,Application,Data Sources etc..) on the Component Modeller
and the wizard for creating the resp. object starts..That is what we were expecting..
Certainly drag and drop is more appealing than using the context menu.




Integrated Help in the Wizard !!
Now this is a good feature as we dont have to leave the wizard step to read @ the help.

integrated Help


Nice Graphics….

As evident from the screnshot, the look n feel is awesome..


Where is the DefaultTextView under Root UI Element Container?

in version 7,whenever we created a view,it appeared with a default text view,which we had to change as per our needs.i wished that it should vanish and yes it has gone now.its a minor change but it satisfies me 🙂

Also i was looking for the horizontal tabs of context,layout,plugs etc,but soon recognised that they are now grouped vertically…


Create UI Elemets by Drag and Drop of Context 🙂

The Cheat Sheet says “Context drag and drop features can be used to automatically create UI Simply drag the context node or context attributes from the context tab in the properties view to create the requisite UI”

yes, and i like this feature.Ok we were used to Apply Template context option for the Elements..Now we have one more option..Just drag the context on the view designer and it asks you @ UI Element Type and Property, all in one screen!
the best thing is it gives you option to add the element diretly to the existing table element.. the option liked the most!

Enhanced Context Creation Dialog…

This is also enhanced one as it provides option for creating the context with Mapping,Model or Structure Binding and lastly manullly specifying.The Check box
“Calculated” is a good include in this scrren.

drag and drop 


 Once we drag and drop the Context to the View Designer,It asks to select the options to create the UI.context drop 


 drag context result 

A New layout… Column Layout !

Yes, to arrange the elements in Column,we are having the Column Layout.

 col layout

Snipetts…Did i saw something like this in Microsoft Visual Studio? I think so !
Yes,i wished this type of feature would be available sometime in NWDS.and right its here! We Have Webdynpro UI and Code snipetts available. What i want to explore is how to add our own snipetts to the standard one’s so that i can keep
all my standard snipetts developed over the years in these and my team can use them 🙂


UI Snipetts

UI snipetts

Lets Try to Create a confirmation Dialog using snippets.It will generate the UI and required code to call and handle the dialog result.

conf  dia


conf dia. res


conf dia code  

Now that is a wonderful feature and it really saves time..

J2EE Engine Setting….

well,the screen has changed..and it doest not ask for port numbers…!


Cheat Sheets….!
These tell us  what’s new in webdynpro for this release

cheat sheets

 So we see that many new and exciting features are added to this version.
and i am dying to get my hands on all of them…I will back with more once i finish exploring all this new features…till then Hoping that you get your NWDS 7.3 and start enjoying the new rich experience it offers!





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      Author's profile photo Matthias Steiner
      Matthias Steiner
      Hi Rajendrakumar,

      I'm really happy to see you all excited about NWDS 7.3 and I'm always encouraging people to blog. It's great that you want to share your findings and expertise here with others on SCN.
      "To share is to care..." - so please continue to do so.

      However, after "reading" your blog post I could not help but think "?!?". What is the key message for the reader? What do you want to achieve with this blog?

      From what I could tell you are highlighting some of the new features, yet simply by your comments I'm not able to understand why you are excited about them.

      So here's just a proposal from my side: why not add a littlebit more text/context to each screen. Explain why you like the new features -  maybe by stating the problems they solved or in which way this version is superior to the last version.


      >>No Local Projects! Work with Development Components only 🙂

      Now, I have promoted the usage of local Development Components ever since version 7.11, which introduced functionality to import/export Software Components (SCs) as it is the most simple (and error-safe) way to share source code w/o a source code repository (DTR, etc.)
      As such, I'd be tempted to say that getting rid of local projects is a good think.

      Keep bloggin'

      BR, Matthias

      Author's profile photo Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
      Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
      Blog Post Author
      Hi Matthias,
      yes, I will surely update the blog as suggested by you.
      Author's profile photo Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
      Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
      Blog Post Author
      I have update the Blog.
      Author's profile photo Matthias Steiner
      Matthias Steiner
      Hi Rajendrakumar,

      ah, yes that certainly helped me put it into context! 🙂

      Now I can relate to what makes you so excited with this new version!

      I see you have an eye for detail and the way you talk about those subtle changes applied to the IDE shows that you are always looking for areas that could be improved and that you appreciate the polishing that was applied.

      For me, working at SAP, it's great to read such blogs as it underlines how much the tooling has improved over the years up to the point where we only have to concentrate on all those remaining little things.

      One last remark from my side. The very last thing I do before releasing/publishing one of my blogs is reading through it one last time. A final spellcheck makes sure I don't oversee any last typos etc.

      As a non-native speaker I may not always get it perfect, yet at least I want to make it the best I can. Sure, spelling mistakes and incorrect grammar may be tolared to a certain level as the content is more important.

      However, if the reader gets the impression of slopiness or laziness as my entire text is full of simple-to-fix mistakes it may turn him off right away.

      I know that this means to invest more time, yet I figured that I'd rather do it right or not at all. I mean, blogging is time consuming and all the effort would be useless without that final polishing. 😉

      Best regards,

      Author's profile photo Raj Govender
      Raj Govender
      It's nice to see the excitement building for this new version. I'm curious to know how well the PAR to Web Module Converter Tool works. Keep 'em coming! 
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Nice blog.
      Keep writing.
      Author's profile photo Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
      Rajendrakumar Gaikwad
      Blog Post Author


      Author's profile photo Amritesh Kumar
      Amritesh Kumar
      It is quite helpful. It exposed new features in quite interesting and comparative way with NWDS 7.0.
      It is helpful for People who want to migrate from NWDS 7.0 to 7.3 as well as new person also who want to learn.

      I hope very soon we will see some new things about NWDS 7.3

      Author's profile photo Ashwani Kumar Sharma
      Ashwani Kumar Sharma

      - Did you try execution modeler ? ( By switching Web Dynpro Class mode from toolbar)

      - Did you try to apply SVS and OVS on input field directly in View Designer. Just select the input field in View Designer and right click to get the option.


      Ashwani Kr Sharma

      ( from former Web Dynpro Java Tools Team)

      Author's profile photo Mahesh Chandra VVNS
      Mahesh Chandra VVNS

      HI Rajendra,

      Thanks for the nice introduction blog on NWDS7.3, i didn't get a chance to work on this version, but after reading this i am eagerly waiting for a chance.

      waiting for some more blogs on NWDS 7.3



      Author's profile photo Ragupathi Thangamuthu
      Ragupathi Thangamuthu

      Hi Rajendrakumar Gaikwad,

      Very Nice Blog, i really like this ,its very help ful for me.

      keep writting...



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member