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ABAP in eclipse – my Notes from SAP teched 2013.

Hello all Experts and beginners,

I have gone through the online session on ABAP IN ECLIPSE from the sap-teched, since am very new to ABAP eclipse I was nearly stunned to see the features and functionalities of this tool. I wonder on the consistent improvement on this field that is being made at a very rapid manner.

Thanks to SCN, through which I was able to attend the session. Am really happy and satisfied for attending this session and for learning something I don’t know.


This Blog will definitely be very useful to all beginners like me with ABAP-ECLIPSE. I have jotted down most of the points from the session, but still if you get a chance to go through the session please do since it will be helpful to a great extent.


è Before using the ABAPO eclipse it must be locally installed in the system and you can run the tool by double clicking on execute.

è When we start for the first time we will be displayed with a welcome page, there we can see the tutorials and sample programs.

è To create your first project click tutorial->Create your first ABAP project.

è You can access the ABAP development tools by selecting workbench in top right corner.

è ABAP PROJECT will serve as the logon to the back end system.

è From here to create a new project click

File->New->ABAP Project.

è Please remember to maintain a connection between sap logon pad and eclipse.

è You can create several projects as possible.


This content will give you feel about working with eclipse.

è Initially when you open for new project you screen will appear as below.


è By expanding the tree node structure on the left you can see the development objects as below in the system(SE80).


è You can add your package which you use often in the favorite package.


è You can open your project directly in project explorer by double clicking the project.

è All keyboard shortcuts can be accessed in tool bar or context menu in eclipse.

è Since eclipse is an open software you can install additional components to develop your developments.

è We can also have own plugins to visualize key board shortcuts.

è In Eclipse each object can be opened in a separate editor as shown below.

è We can have large number of editors opened at a same time.


è You can even place editor separately outside by simply dragging it out as shown below.

è New layout will be preserved when we close the editor.

è If you feel lost you can easily restore your default layout by clicking ABAP(At top right)-> and clicking reset.


è Eclipse is highly configurable not only with tools but also with editors. You can insert line numbers and other functionalities to the code by following the path as shown below.


è Eclipse provides an overview of the object in the outline view as shown below in bottom left.


è In compared to classic ABAP, ABAP eclipse also supports new possibilities to support the code.

è One main feature of the tool is we need not toggle between the edit and display mode because this is done automatically.

è Icons like save, check, activate are all same here.

è Great advantage of this tool is seamless integration of all development tools in eclipse.


è Setting is same that is by double clicking on the particular line.

è Here to improve the performance we are provided with a **** pit, whose navigation is shown below,

è We can also profile the debugger report by navigating through rtclick on program->Profile as


è The cockpit display will be as below, showing the warnings as below.


è We can also go to cockpit by rtclicking ->show ABAP problem help


è This will lead to the following image, showing the warnings at the right.


è You can also check into the traces  of the report by typing ‘trace’ at the top and click on abap traces in the view as below.


è This will give you a detailed analysis on the performance of the code, by showing the overall time, abap time, database time, also with a pie chart as below.


è You can also have a granular view of the performance.


è You can also compare the active and inactive version of the code.

è This comparison can also be made with some remote active program.

Shortcuts in Eclipse:

è Ctll+Space = to trigger content assist.(Content assist will be indicate through a bulb sign at the right side of the field)

è Ctrl+Shift+A = Development objects can be opened.(This is not part of ABAP in eclipse delivery)

è Ctrl+O=quick outline of types and methods.

è Ctrl+T= to display the hierarchy of any method.

è Ctrl+Shift+G = to see the where used information on any object.

è F2= Tool tip description.

è F3= Navigate source to other development object.

è Ctrl+shift+F10= for running the unit test directly

è Ctrl+shift+F11=to measure code coverage of unit tset.

è Ctrl 1 = to trigger quick fixes.

è F5=step overview

è Shift+enter= insert line below current line

You can also see more other shortcuts throughmenu bar option help->key assist.

Also you can see the tutorial in help->content->tutorial.


è I have gone through session in the following link, .

–> The video had a buffering issue earlier and now it is now working fine on all browsers. 🙂

Wishing You all HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2014 🙂 🙂 🙂

Thanks and Regards,

Satish Kumar Balasubramanian.

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