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 🙂
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.
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.
A New layout… Column Layout !
Yes, to arrange the elements in Column,we are having the Column 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 🙂
Lets Try to Create a confirmation Dialog using snippets.It will generate the UI and required code to call and handle the dialog result.
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…!
These tell us what’s new in webdynpro for this release
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!