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I read John’s blog. It was thought provoking.

John Appleby began his blog with this:

I was pinged lately by someone bemoaning the state of SAP HANA developer tools and I was slightly surprised. I thought that SAP had done a fairly good job of making things available, but then I am a SAP partner, with paid access to downloads, test/demo licenses and support.

I knew the state of SAP HANA developer tools first hand. I also knew the difference in level of support for developers between SAP & other enterprise s/w vendors such as Oracle, IBM etc first hand. Oracle’s DBMS(enterprise edition, not just standard edition) for downloads has been available for several years. I remember downloading Oracle DBMS using dial up connection in ’90s. So I’m not surprised with his Grade D for SAP.

Then I saw Dennis’s comment:

Here is the elephant in the room that the SAPperati are missing:

  • Appleby is an SAP SI – so he has a particular view that he outlines at the top of the post
  • Appleby does the unconscionable from most peep;le’s perspective and takes off his SAP specs and THEN asks the question: what would I do as a dev?
  • Results as per his non-SAP perspective.

This should not be new. SAP knows this stuff having seen told about it on numerous occasions.

The really big point is that regardless of how gorgeous HANA may be, if you can’t get devs off the starting blocks in double quick time then nothing else matters.

I saw this tweet from John:

John Appleby @applebyj

@mjturner@BoobBoo@Benioff SAP heard. @aiazkazi and@tweetsinha heard. There are already changes in both SCN and Dev.

Until I saw Dennis’s comment & John’s tweet, I was not planning to spend time discussing my experiences with SAP HANA developer tools. It was due to my assumption that SAP was interested in making their tools available only for partners & enterprises. I believed SAP’s priority was not for developers like me despite Staying Hungry. Staying Foolish. almost all life.

After seeing John’s tweet, I became curious. May be I should share my experiences. May be SAP’s listening. May be SAP is interested in improving developer experiences. So I wrote this blog.

I thought I’ll spend a few more hours writing this blog why Apple – sorry John – should be the bar to aspire to:

  1. All you need to spend is less than $1,000.
  2. You don’t even need internet connection except for downloading Stanford classes & Xcode.
  3. Once downloaded, you can arguably work from anywhere: beaches, airports, planes, ships, mountains; anywhere, anytime.
  4. Apple provides everything to be successful: Infrastructure at a reasonable cost, Free Training, Apple even provides simulator to test apps for those who don’t have developer license, Developer license for $99, Full support for selling apps.

Since SAP CO-CEO Bill McDermott loves simplicity, I would like to mention Apple’s simple equation to become Apple developer:

               Buy MacBook Pro/Air laptop + Download Stanford classes & Xcode = Apple Developer. 

(Since Time & efforts are required for anything we want to accomplish, I’m not including them as a part of this equation). Seriously, becoming Apple developer is that simple.

I love all technology companies, two of them a bit more: SAP & Apple. In my opinion, both companies work to develop software which seems to be closer to science than others. I would continue to love SAP with/without better developer experience. That’s for sure;Because SAP helps me Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.(Read this to understand what it means).

As John tweeted, developing Apple apps is cool & so I’ll be busy with/without SAP-HANA access for a while.

John Appleby @applebyj

@praba01 @tweetsinha @BoobBoo @mjturner @aiazkazi@oliver not sure what your point is. If you prefer to develop Apple, then that’s cool.

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  1. Former Member

    Hi Bala – nice blog.

    I especially liked your equation

      Buy MacBook Pro/Air laptop + Download Stanford classes & Xcode = Apple Developer.

    I am also a great fan of AAPL, and they undoubtedly are the darling for the developers in consumer software space. Rightfully so too.

    Just to clarify a few things in your blog

    1. You don’t need to buy a new MBP or anything for developing on Hana . Hana is free for developers and you can get an AWS instance pretty quickly, and can be accessed from most desktops and laptops.

    2. There are plenty of free material on saphana.com to get you start developing on Hana

    I agree there needs to be a better enablement of testing, selling etc.

    But that being said, I have a question for you. Despite Apple having a huge and impressive ecosystem of developers – how many of them make real money building and selling their apps? Do most of them enjoy more professional success than people in SAP ecosystem? I am curious on what you think about that.

    While philosphically, Apple is absolutely a great bar to meet – I am not convinced that it is the right “practical” model for enterprise field . Well, may be that is not a right conclusion either – since as a platform, Hana does not just play in enterprise market, it should be equally capable of making an impact in consumer markets.

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    1. Bala Prabahar Post author

      Hi Vijay,

      Thanks a lot for your thoughtful comment. Based on google search, I can only speculate how popular iOS programming language Objective-C is.

      1. As mentioned already, Stanford University has been offering iOS development course for 3+ years to UG students.(http://piazza.com says this is one of the most popular classes on iTunes U, with over 10M downloads). Source: coding-together
      2. Techcrunch
      3. Readwrite

      I would think Apple developers enjoy more professional success in consumer s/w space.

      I like your well balanced thought:

      While philosphically, Apple is absolutely a great bar to meet – I am not convinced that it is the right “practical” model for enterprise field . Well, may be that is not a right conclusion either – since as a platform, Hana does not just play in enterprise market, it should be equally capable of making an impact in consumer markets.

      Thanks once again & best regards,

      Bala

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