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Author's profile photo David Romay Nadal

Why develop ABAP in Eclipse?

Hello everybody, I’ve opened this post to discuss about the reasons or convenience for developing ABAP in Eclipse or keep doing it in SAP GUI.

I haven’t begun yet any ABAP project in Eclipse, but at this point I’ve found some inconvenients of developing ABAP in Eclipse.

The first one is the complexity of installing all the plug-ins you need to start developing ABAP in Eclipse. It is not an easy issue, due to you must know the level of customer SAP release, the Eclipse version that you are using and find the correct plug-ins version.

The second one is that developing ABAP in Eclipse is not intuitive, you cannot develop as easy as you do un SAP GUI, there are a lot of steps more that you must carry out to begin your work.

What do you think? Bring me some feed back about your experience developing in Eclipse.



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      I don't think the complexity of installing it is that difficult.  I got eclipse to connect to the NW 7.03 trial on my laptop in an afternoon, though I vaguely remember using a walkthrough and downloading a package that bundled a bunch of plug-ins together

      As far as intuitiveness goes, if that's the word I want, I don't think eclipse is any less user-friendly than SE80.  I remember I had a hard time getting used to all the functionality of the ABAP workbench, but now I enjoy how powerful it is.  I expect eclipse to become the same - in fact, I used the tutorials to get started and made a simple class and z-program quickly.

      As of right now, I still prefer SE80 for development, but I hope to make the switch after my company upgrades to NW 7.04.

      If you're only writing ABAP programs to be consumed in SAP GUI, then it makes the most sense to develop in the GUI.  However, if you're going to be writing SAP web applications using open web standards like HTML/CSS/JS, consuming SAP back-end systems, and possibly using SAPUI5, it's nice to have an IDE that supports the convergence of all those technologies.

      Best Wishes,


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      Completely agree.

      I think the target for AIE is mobile development / Hana development and like Eric said any web application using HTML, JS and so on.

      If you are developping pure SAP programs like Reports, FMs, or anydevelopment that is based on a SAP framework (Web UI for example), then i don't think that today we get any benefit from using Eclipse.



      Author's profile photo YUNUS KALDIRIM

      Hi David,

      I'm agree with you. I added some more concerns

      -Is there any stepwise(next next) installation file for Eclipse for ABAP?

      My thought no.

      -Why it's in amazing to install or use ABAP Ecplise?

      No clue. You need to find blogs,wikis to understand how to use and installation.

      -Is there any SAP support ?

      Somebody trying to push it but we don't know where SAP is.

      And finally, I support ABAP Eclipse . Because it is a new environment for SAP programming. And technically plugin or addon in opensource is unlimited 😀 You can develop anything in Eclipse.