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I never thought I would find myself surrounded with free beer, pizza and passionate developers coding until late at night in a bar in Tel Aviv!

Well, this surreal scenario was made possible thanks to the SAP CodeJam event, a worldwide initiative led by Craig Cmehil, a veteran SCNer. The previous locations for the SAP CodeJam were London and Berlin. The Tel Aviv SAP CodeJam took place at an eclectic bar that resides in a music store. The location and the human interaction accompanied with hardcore coding makes this evening a fun and memorable evening.

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                                                             [Eyal Spitz, Miki Steiner and Craig Cmehil]

Craig kicked off the event by explaining the idea of SAP CodeJam which is to bring together SAP related professionals to code and engage each other face to face.

Then, Yifat Ferber, Senior Product Manager for SAP NetWeaver Gateway, explained the tasks that awaited the participants. The participants who were not SAP employees were divided into groups according to coding language.  SAP employees joined the groups and provided guidance and assistance as needed.

The actual coding started when the attendees got the links to an online demo system (available to any SCN member here), and NetWeaver Gateway plugins for Xcode and Eclipse (here). These links enabled them to consume SAP sample services in any application they wish to build.

NetWeaver Gateway is a solution by SAP which enables SAP experts to expose information from the Business Suite as restful, Odata services, and non-SAP developers to easily consume those services. It does it by providing both the technological framework and also tools for SAP and non-SAP developers.

I’m not a developer so I used the time to engage and sociliaze with SCN Israeli community members. It was a great opportunity for me to learn about what they do and what they are passionate about. I made some new friends and learned about some of SAP’s cool solutions.

The message I got from one of the attendees summarizes best this event:

“Thank you a lot. I really loved what I saw yesterday and my head is running scenarios that can be turned into running SAP GW apps. The SAP code jam was a good experience.”

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                                [Was this a moment of passing a USB or a clap celebrating a success (you will never know:))]

I hope I will get to meet some more of the SAP Israeli community members soon:).

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