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SAPUI5 is a JavaScript based UI development toolkit for HTML5. SAPUI5 version 1.4.0 is a release now usable for external shipments. I recently got a chance to play around with it a little. Here are my quick take away’s.

  • Built on the strong foundation of JQuery (JQuery 1.7.1)
    • JQuery is the most popular (and IMO, the strongest) JavaScript toolkit today. It offers great, yet simplified features for DOM traversing, event handling, Ajax interactions, etc.
  • Cool collection of UI Widgets
    • In my opinion, JQuery lagged in it’s offerings of inbuilt UI Widgets. Today JQuery has UI Widgets like Accordion, Autocomplete, Button, Datepicker, Dialog, Progress bar, Slider, Tabs (and I think, that’s it).
    • Apart from these SAPUI5 offers a rich collection of UI Widgets like – Form Fields, Menu, Message Box, Paginator, Rich Tooltip, Search Field, Roadmap, Tree,… This list just goes on and on.
  • Extensible – Being a pure JavaScript toolkit allows us to –
    • Include your own JavaScript, HTML and CSS in UI5 pages
    • Include other JavaScript libraries
    • Create composite controls from existing UI5 controls
    • Custom Controls from scratch
  • SAP Product Standards compliant
  • Write once, run everywhere (in supported browsers) – Cross browser support
    • We don’t have to write browser specific code which has been a major problem till some time back. SAPUI5 (+ JQuery) handles all these problems internally providing us really simple and neat wrapper APIs.
  • Zero footprint – No browser plug-ins required
    • Being a pure JavaScript toolkit, SAPUI5 will run on all browsers and in all devices (including mobile) that have browsers without requiring
  • HTML5
    • Uses a lot of CSS3 features
    • Web storage for personalization of tables
  • IDE Support – Eclipse
    • Application development tools in Eclipse
    • Custom Control development tools in Eclipse
  • Others (which I couldn’t test yet)
    • OData Support
    • UI5 Theming
    • Localization
    • Resource Handler

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Getting Started?http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/index?rid=/webcontent/uuid/20a34ae7-762d-2f10-c994-db2e898d5f70

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