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Blot if forward – Frédéric Girod

So it’s my turn to play the game ‘Passing the baton’ (I like that, it’s a french word 🙂 ).

Thank you Susmitha Susan Thomas to give me the opportunity to participate to this relay and thank you Moshe Naveh to have create it.

About me:

I’m starting my 16 years working on SAP, I feel like that was yesterday. I remember my first working day : the 3 july 1998, a famous day in France, that was the 1/4 soccer wold cup final FranceItalia.


No, I don’t like watching soccer on the TV, but when France win on Italia, it’s always a pleasure to look that 🙂 . (A special dedicate to Raymond Giuseppi

😉 ).

My first job on SAP was to make an ‘upgrade’ from an old R/2 system to a new R/3 system (3.1i). I remember my first SAP Editor (3.1), I was really surprise by the old school design of this application. You have only 14 lines on the screen, each line were independents : you can’t copy/past simply the code like in notepad.



For people who know VI(m) on Unix system, the editor looks like-it. You have a field to pass command, for example to copy a set of lines ..

When I start working, there was no doc about Abap, you could only buy book in specific libraries (2 in Paris), to learn SAP you have to see how SAP works : debug the standard. There was also transaction like AbapDocu, DWDM, SE30 ..  I spend a lot of time looking the Tips & Tricks on the SE30.

After one year learning Abap I would like to work on Optimization, Performance tuning. I see a lot of young abapor going in this way, I don’t know why we need to do that.

What I have learn on optimization is very simple : There are no simples rules ! The experience removes your sureness (that’s thru for life also).

The  second point is : Someone will (try) to read your code, a day. If your code is too much optimized, this boy or this girl will loose a lot of time on it. And remember why you have optimized the code, to win time for your company –> to win money. And the time loosed to modify your code will cost a lot of money. So you failed …

I was joining the SDN team on the year 2004, that was a great evolution in the Abapor world: A place to exchange learning, tips & tricks .. The big subject was the ALV, few persons know how it works and a lot of questions were on this subject. I stopped being active on SDN when I joined an end-user company, I have no enough time and I was little annoyed by people whose copy your answer .. (dedicate to Matthew Billingham who tried to keep this forum clean)

I really don’t understand why some people need to post an answer already given. You could give more information, examples, but … just copy the same answer … nonsense ..

After 6 years in a big chemical industry I decided to return to consulting. I think the job is more simple when you are consultant. You work to help people finding solutions on their problems, simply. You have much more time to learn new technics on SAP, and more time to go in SDN.

Me in private :

I’m leaving in France, near to the town of Lyon.


It a nice place for people rides on mountain bike and running. In this part of France there is a lot of cherry tree and raspberry.



When I’m not at work I like DIY, and specially on wood. This is the first stairway I have build in beech.



Thrust me, it’s really harder than coding on Solman 😉

The questions : 

The dream job when I was kid : 

I just want to fly like the movie Top Gun 🙂 , but I stop very quickly this dream, I’m Seasickness in plane 😐


Who has inspired and motivated the most :

Hugh … little hard question. I was a Linuxian when I was young, a real addict to the penguin. I was really impress by the job of some teams. For example the Enligthenment team and Mr Rasterman.

What is the most important quality that you hope to find in your colleague that will make your work place a better place?

A very good question, it’s really hard to find good Abapor. I think it’s like the optimization, I prefer to have people who respect the coding, who write clean code instead of a “geek” coder who like to make inner join with 6 tables and use field-symbols every where 🙂

I would like also to see the blog of :

Ramesh T

Raymond Giuseppi

My questions :

– What would like to find in SCN ? What would you like SCN looks like ? What will you change on SCN ….

– What is your worst coding program ? The program you would like never to modify … ?

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      Author's profile photo Ramesh T
      Ramesh T

      Hi Frédéric Girod,

      Nice to see you here.... Thank you..... 🙂

      Soon you can see my blog also...



      Author's profile photo Ravi Sankar Venna
      Ravi Sankar Venna

      Hi Frederic,

      Welcome to BIF. I like your wood work, they are exciting.

      BTW, your kids are very cute 🙂

      I could still remember when I went to Skiing in Netherlands, I could not even walk few yards 🙁 It was so difficult for me.

      Best Regards,


      Author's profile photo Frederic Girod
      Frederic Girod
      Blog Post Author

      The only good things in skiing it's when you stop and drink a coffee or eat a blueberry pie 😉

      Best regards


      Author's profile photo Ravi Sankar Venna
      Ravi Sankar Venna

      Nice tip Fred. 😉

      Author's profile photo Jitendra Kansal
      Jitendra Kansal

      Hi Frederic,

      fantsatic BIF. thanks for sharing your life style.

      you got cute kids. 🙂

      welcome to BIF family.



      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan

      Hi Frédéric

      What a great BIF!   I loved seeing the old old old editor screen - just look how far we've come!  I recall my first real programming job - I had a one line 32 character display with which to code.  When I moved on to the TRS-80, those 24 lines seemed enormous!

      Looks like you are very handy too - I played at woodworking but that ended when I had my first kid.

      BTW - yours are gorgeous!


      Author's profile photo Frederic Girod
      Frederic Girod
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Susan,

      That was very difficult to find a screenshot of the old editor 🙂



      Author's profile photo Thomas Zloch
      Thomas Zloch

      Very nice reading, great pictures, good having you in the ABAP spaces!

      I remember 1998 as well, we (Germany) got kicked out by Davor Suker and Croatia in the quarter finals, 0:3, ouch...



      Author's profile photo Arindam Mondal
      Arindam Mondal

      Hey Good blog 🙂 Nice to know you!



      Author's profile photo xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct)
      xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct)

      Merci pour joining #blogitforward ! What cute kids you have:)!


      Hi Fredric ,

      Nice to know you . Your answer is there on almost every post  .

      By the way , you look very much like the  goalkeeper in the picture 😀


      Author's profile photo Frederic Girod
      Frederic Girod
      Blog Post Author

      🙂   Yes Fabien Barthez (the goalkeeper) is the french man that open the way to shave the head 😉  


      Author's profile photo Susmitha Susan Thomas
      Susmitha Susan Thomas

      Hi Frederic,

      Thank for taking the baton and passing it on..

      Enjoyed reading your blog. I can imagine how much you love foot ball if a player inspired  you to shave your head! 🙂

      And yes you got really cute kids!



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Good to know you. Cute Pics & Great Blog.

      Best Regards,

      Naresh K.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hey Frédéric Girod,

      Good to read your blog and I must say that you have so cute kids 🙂 🙂 . Keep posting. 🙂



      Author's profile photo Marssel Vilaça
      Marssel Vilaça

      "I think the job is more simple when you are consultant"

      One day I felt my power over ABAPs when my single flag sttoped a 3 debug days! 😀

      This score was reversed. My joy didn't last longer, but was good while it did.

      Thank you for sharing

      Author's profile photo Raman Korrapati
      Raman Korrapati

      Glad to know you. Thanks for sharing your BIF with us.

      Thank You


      Author's profile photo Midhun VP
      Midhun VP

      First impression, I thought that the goal keeper in the pic is you 😉 . Then only I saw the keyword France-Italy. Good to read about you Frédéric. Nice pics.

      - Midhun VP

      Author's profile photo Frederic Girod
      Frederic Girod
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Midhun,

      if I was this goal, I stopped working on SAP 😉  



      Author's profile photo Midhun VP
      Midhun VP

      LOL. That shows your interest towards soccer. 🙂

      In Kerala (state in India) also there is a huge interest for soccer. Unfortunately not all part of India and India is not in the FIFA top rankings 😥 .

      - Midhun VP

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Federic,

      Thanks for sharing ur BIF, Urs and mine dream job was same ..;)

      And yeah I must say ur daughter is super cute...:)

      Author's profile photo Bastin Vinoth
      Bastin Vinoth

      Hey dear  Frédéric Girod,

      might be late comment 🙁 but after reading your BIF, my fingers are automatically going to comment area 😛 you have amazing kids 🙂   top gun such a fantastic movie , i wish you to get your dream successfully 😘 .

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Frederic,

      Good Day!

      How can I forget France? Still I remember Ricky Martin  football songs!

      Awesome songs which motivate France to won football. I visited only France Airport! If i get any opportunity definitely I will visit France. Thank you so much for sharing about you and your experience. 🙂


      Hari Suseelan