My experience in building a website and Why I like ABAP
Suddenly, I have a new found interest to develop websites as a hobby while I am cranking ABAP for living. Guess what I found- the world is not very easy outside 😕 . For a developer who has spent most of the time in SAP, I was very baffled by everything I encountered when I started doing some simple websites . Just want to share my road trip to web development and say why I enjoy my ABAP.
- Firstly, which language should I use ?
- Not an easy answer, the question was incomplete- I need to search for which server-side language I need to use. There were many options out there and many opinions to say what is best. After hours of analysis, I decided on WAMP- Windows Apache MySql PHP. I only wish I had SAP Web AS .
- Okay I have decided on PHP, now where do I start writing my code.
- Again not an easy answer, hundreds of options- tried at least three and decided to use phpDesigner. I only wish I had SE38. Next time you double click on an internal table to see the underlying db table properties- just thank yourselves for doing ABAP.
- I did my Hello World page and was very excited to see my first web page.
- I rolled my sleeves to do a webpage to do a simple database operation – turned out it was not very simple. I was only searching for SE11 – there is nothing like this out there. To an extent I found phpMyAdmin easy- the GUI tool to manage your database.But nothing like SE11.Next time you easy SE16 and use the selection-screen to filter table contents – just thank yourselves once again. Not to mention, import from clipboard on selection-screen:-)
- After learning the new languages, new syntax, installed several softwares I am sort of ready to move to Production- Hey where is my SE01 :-). There is nothing called a transport request- I need to upload(ftp) my source files to the hosting website. There is something Version control tools that needs to be installed to manage a team development – next time you get a prompt saying the object is already being edited by “<user..>”, just think how lucky you are.
Thanks for reading this post, I know this post could be little out of place but just wanted to say how nice it is to work in SAP.
And yes it could be unfair to compare SAP with freely available open source tools but these are the tools that are used to develop a significant number of websites.