What’s an old ABAP developer supposed to do?
I have now been working in SAP for 11 years, or at least I think so. I pretty much stopped counting after the tenth year. I’ve been programming in ABAP for about the same number of years and recently I came to a juncture in my career where I started to wonder where I was going with all this. Possibly the same experience I imagine other people in a similar position to me are experiencing or have experienced.
I am now starting to look at the SAPUI5/OpenUI5 Libraries, which I first looked at six months ago. At the time I must have completed the demos, looked at the APIs and then crawled into a hole with shame at my lack of understanding 😯 . Now I can look at the APIs with much more confidence and a greater appreciation for what I can deliver with them.
I’m now also going to starting to look at Python development. Apparently all these data science folks love that (well not the super serious ones, who are hooked on “R”).
Not to worry I am not giving up my ABAP day job, but I now have new skills that really supplement the work I do. Anyone can do it and there is so much info out there (a lot for free). So I say to you, pick a new language and get out of your comfort zone. I certainly did and I do not regret and I’m sure neither will you.
Look forward to hearing other ABAP hacks stories of progression. 😉