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SAP HANA Developer Guide – A New Beginning

Around 7 years ago, I blogged quite a bit about the SAP NetWeaver Portal Development Kit, and then moved on to discussing the SAP Business One SDK. But it’s been a while since I was involved in something worth blogging about. But now I work on the documentation for SAP HANA development, and there have been (and will be) changes worth talking about.

Today, the SAP Help Portal is publishing a new set of documentation to help SAP HANA developers. This is an especially important documentation set, since SAP HANA is no longer just a fast, in-memory database but also a platform for building state-of-the-art applications.

The documentation is located on the SAP Help Portal.

The key changes to the documentation is that it consolidates a lot of smaller guides into a single SAP HANA Developer’s Guide, which explains, step by step:

  • What is SAP HANA from a developer’s point of view?
  • What is the development process, and how do I get started developing in the SAP HANA studio?
  • How do I create a project? (This section includes a easy and short tutorial.)
  • And how do I build all the development objects I need for my application?
    • Schemas
    • Tables
    • Views (including analytic privileges to control access to the subsets of the data)
    • Procedures
    • Server-side JavaScript (including database API)
    • OData and XMLA definitions
    • Web content, including pages built with SAPUI5

It also includes a chapter on how to package and transport your application, as well as how to use client interfaces (like ODBC and JDBC) if you are connecting to SAP HANA from an external application server.

In addition to the guide, there is an upgraded set of guides:

And, there is a really cool new picture on the cover:


Enjoy, and please let me know what you like, what you don’t, and what is missing.

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    • 'I checked the links and they seem to be OK, and the page is updated. Maybe they didn't upload the documentation till later in the day yesterday.

      If there are specific links not working, let me know.

  • Hi,

    Great work, thanks.

    Can you please clarify if these documentation should be studied for HANA certification? I mean, I have booked the certification before this documentation is released (i.e. SP4) and I am yet to take the test.



    • Hi RG,

      Thanks for the comment. These are all for SP5. A good amount is also for SP4, but a lot of it is specific to SP5, especially repository and SAP HANA XS, which enable alot of real programming functionality and changes significantly how you work with SAP HANA.


    • Hi Vitaliy,

      What do you think we need? We have a section on the MDX functions that SAP HANA supports, plus the MDX extensions available in SAP HANA (both in the Database Client Interfaces section, toward the end of the guide). Otherwise, Microsoft provides documentation on MDX.

      Thanks for the comment.


        • Great. It's a PDF so you can obviously search, but you can look under Using Database Client Interfaces --> Connecting via ODBO --> MDX. There is a section on the supported MDX functions and the SAP HANA extensions to MDX. Hope this section is useful for people.

  • We are currently testing the XMLA interface. The connection is established, the MDX queries and requests Discover some work already.

    Unfortunately, SAP Hana incorrect XML requests supplies. All timestamps (datetime) are not formatted correctly. Since the "T" between Date and Time is missing. Here an example from Discover MDSCHEMA_CUBES:

    Is: ... <LAST_DATA_UPDATE> 2014-09-05 14:03:49.8910000 </ LAST_DATA_UPDATE> ...

    Should be: ... <LAST_DATA_UPDATE> 2014-09-05T14:03:49.8910000 </ LAST_DATA_UPDATE> ...