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Custom Development at TechEd 2011: Leverage your on premise and on demand development skills

TechEd Las Vegas is about to start in five weeks from now meaning a perfect opportunity to take a deeper look at our offering for custom development (CD for short) topics. That way you might convince your manager to fund your travel (and time of course) to one of the TechEd locations.
The content of the CD track in fact already gives enough justification to share some valuable time with the experts in the field onsite. Of course there is plenty more topics than just CD.

This year we (that is Thomas Jung, Wolfgang Weiss and myself) have made some substantial changes to the CD track to make it more attractive for developers: just a few overview and roadmap sessions and then lots of handson content to experience everything live. We have completely revamped the subtracks to put the emphasis on the target platform for which you invest your development efforts. As a consequence we have divided up the track into overview topics, development for on premise (SAP Business Suite and SAP NetWeaver hubs), and development for on demand (SAP Business ByDesign, NetWeaver Java on demand).

Let me walk you a little through the sub tracks.
In the overview subtrack we focus on roadmap topics such as ABAP in Eclipse (CD166) and the evolution of the ABAP programming model (CD205) when it comes to new types of applications suited for in memory. Another area of importance is innovative user interfaces based on HTML5 (CD202). Apart from that we investigate test driven development methodologies (CD267) to enhance your code quality in a lean and agile fashion. Topics such as Duet (CD110) and Code Exchange (CD112) might be of interest to you. If you look for overall orientation  checkout CD100 which serves as a starting point for the whole track.

Let’s move on to the on premise world:
All of the sessions focus on how SAP NetWeaver acts as foundation for the SAP Business Suite. Major investments have been done on the SAP NetWeaver side delivering innovative user interface technologies based on Web Dynpro ABAP, the Floor Plan Manager and the Side Panel which is a context sensitive area in the NetWeaver Business Client. Plenty of sessions focus on these important topics. Make sure you grab at least one of them (CD161, CD203, CD163, CD360, CD162). ABAP programming has been at the heart of the CD track over the years. This year we took a more problem oriented approach to cover topics such as secure programming (CD268), modern ABAP programming (CD266), enhancing SAP applications without modification (CD 204) or Thomas Jung’s legendary “Update your ABAP skills: Layered Development and Powerful Frameworks” (CD269).
SAP’s connectivity options are introduced and discussed in CD108 providing you with concrete guidelines which connectivity tool or framework to use when. Starting from there you can dive deeper and explore OData style programming with  the SAP NetWeaver Gateway (CD263).
Java programming is present in the subtrack “Developing for the SAP NetWeaver hubs“. Here you find sessions on profiling your code with SAP Java VM and SAP Memory Analyzer (CD160). In addition we present an overview on user interface development with Java (CD201).

Our last track focuses on development for on demand platforms:
The colleagues from SAP Business ByDesign present the ByD studio, a powerful tool for customers and partner to develop Add-Ons for ByDesign (CD109, CD165 and CD167). How to develop NetWeaver’s Java applications on demand is shown in CD270.

This overview is by far not complete. It’s kind of tough to cover 76 session hours in a little blog like this. Pls forgive me if I have not mentioned each CD session literally. I simply focused on the broader themes but more isolated topics are of great value as well of course.

Make your own choice.

Come to TechEd.


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      Author's profile photo Richard Brünning
      Richard Brünning

      any information when the ABAP support is coming to eclipse? I´m sadly not attending TechEd but i´m waiting for this feature for ever!

      Thx & Bye


      Author's profile photo Anilkumar Vippagunta
      Anilkumar Vippagunta
      Hello Richard,

      You can check CD166 Track

      Regards, Anil

      Author's profile photo Karl Kessler
      Karl Kessler
      Blog Post Author
      ... and many sessions will be recorded for post conference publication on SDN.
      Author's profile photo Richard Brünning
      Richard Brünning
      Then i will be waiting for the virtual teched 2011 🙂