Skip to Content

I started working as an ABAP/4 developer in my last year of college. Before that I focused mostly on Java development, things like UI development (simple Swing “windows”, JSP, …), JDBC. Almost started moving towards HTML and JavaScript when all of a sudden I had the chance to explore this so called ABAP environment (jumped right into it!). Having a computer science background, I wasn’t really interested in all the ERP processes (things like MRO, and so on), yet I was more than curious to find ways to connect different software components (E.g. a backend ABAP system connected to a JSP, or a Web Dynpro UI connected to multiple data sources: web services, Java applications). Trust me, I can go on and on 🙂

I worked with Eclipse all my university years (prefered it over NetBeans or JCreator, contrary to my colleagues). So when time came to switch to SAPGUI, I wasn’t really overly excited. In my opinion, it looked “old fashioned” (including the Corbu theme). To be honest, it looks like my mother’s accounting program.

The good news came when I first discovered that you can integrate the SAPGUI into the Eclipse environment. Even though it didn’t covered everything, it’s was a starting point. I prefer writing code in Eclipse, even more, if the new UI technologies are leaning towards OpenUI5 and mobile apps, you can have everything in one place.

A very needed feature was the proposal of non-keywords which speeds up the coding considerably. But some of my favourites are:

1. You can open multiple source code objects in parallel

2. CTRL+1, ENTER (genius)

3. … the list can go on.

As a conclusion, you have to try it yourself to be convinced! Trust me, it’s worth it!

To report this post you need to login first.


You must be Logged on to comment or reply to a post.

  1. Thomas Fiedler

    Hi Tudor,

    thanks for the positive feedback. Any comments to the Feature Explorer tool.

    Did you miss a basic feature in the beginners tour?




Leave a Reply