Visual Composer has been around for many years, has thousands of productive customers and has been used UI screens all over the world. A few years ago, we we announced that the Visual Composer roadmap is complete and that we will not be investing heavily anymore in its development, a lot of people deemed it (and its underlying UI technology, Web Dynpro Java) dead. Not quite.
Kobi Sasson and the gang which runs Visual Composer Support & Development have been kind enough to share with me a sneak preview of an amazing feature in the upcoming version of NetWeaver. Enhancement Pack 1 of NetWeaver 7.30 (a.k.a. 7.31), which is supposed to start ramp up end of November, will contain the ability of Visual Composer to Model UI’s against a HANA based Database. As can be seen below :
(Notice that this isnt only querying HANA but also updating the data as well)
As you may have noticed, this looks exactly like modeling regular UIs in Visual Composer. The only difference is that you are choosing a different data source. This comes to show the power of abstraction Visual Composer gives you – Modeling is the same regardless of whether its the cutting edge columnar data everyone is raving about or the trusted warhorse of 10 years – R/3. And here comes the real power – What if you could write applications which get data from both HANA and R/3? In the same screen? Using the same UI modeling tool? Well – Look no further.
Once again – this demonstrates the strenght of NetWeaver as an integraiton platform – the ability to integrate a new paradigm with the old, to leverage existing tools and more imporantly – skillsets.
I will be attending TechEd Madrid / SAPPHIRE EMEA this week. Feel free to ping me with questions, feedback.