Skip to Content
Author's profile photo Uri Nizan

SAP River Rapid Development Experience, the Next IDE

Gateway Productivity Accelerator (GWPA) is a huge success among mobile developers who want to create fast, great looking, robust mobile apps that consume business data from SAP systems. GWPA consumption tools provide toolkits for creating native mobile apps for iOS and Android as well as HTML and PHP web applications.

However, in recent years more and more mobile developers are shifting from native apps to hybrid and web apps. The appeal of “develop once, deploy everywhere” has led to a fast pace adoption of technologies such as PhoneGap Cordova and Titanium Appcelerator.

Another trend that is sweeping the web development world in recent years is the move to cloud based IDEs such as Orion, Cloud9, ShiftEdit, CodeEnvy, and many more. The ease of use, zero installation, small footprint, and built-in integration, are huge benefits that draw developers into abandoning Eclipse-based tools and moving to the cloud.

The combination of these two mind shifts in the development world has led us to the conclusion that a rich, fully integrated web IDE is the way to go.

Introducing SAP Web IDE – the new web-based development tool from SAP. With SAP Web IDE you can easily create modern, responsive, elegant SAP UI5 applications that will look great on any screen. With support for OData service exploration and consumption, code generation, built-in application templates, SAP Web IDE is the perfect tool for application developers. It offers a productive and simple approach to web development with code editors that offer code completion, syntax highlighting, wizards for creating starter apps, instant preview, mock-data, application extensibility, GIT client and much more.

SAP Web IDE is seamlessly integrated with SAP Hana Cloud Platform, and in the future will be integrated with the SAP Mobile Platform, so you can truly write your app once, and deploy it anywhere. This makes SAP Web IDE is the natural successor of GWPA Consumption Tools.

SAP Web IDE – the development tool of the future.

Assigned Tags

      You must be Logged on to comment or reply to a post.
      Author's profile photo Prabaharan Asokan
      Prabaharan Asokan

      Hi Nizam,

      Interesting blog. Great to see ,SAP is moving towards future.

      I have few questions to point out.Technicallly what are the differences/Similiarites b/w SAP River IDE and SAP App Builder?

      Your comments appreciated !



      Author's profile photo Uri Nizan
      Uri Nizan
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Prabaharan,

      Actually, the RDE team includes many of the App Builder developers.

      The idea is to consolidate all previous client side development tools including App Builder into one tool which is the SAP River RDE.

      Eventually, SAP River RDE will include all App Builder features, but will add much more value and many more features.

      Author's profile photo Krishna Kishor Kammaje
      Krishna Kishor Kammaje

      Hi Uri, Thanks for the intro.

      Is there a plan to offer RDE as on-premise offering as well?

      Author's profile photo Uri Nizan
      Uri Nizan
      Blog Post Author

      Great question...

      We are definately considering it 🙂

      But it's not on the roadmap yet.

      Author's profile photo Carlos Roggan
      Carlos Roggan

      Hi Uri,

      another trend in the world of mobile development, that is generating high interest are the wearables, like Google Glass, smartwatches, etc.

      This part of the future is greatly targeting use of ODATA services.

      Are you considering this?

      Or might it cause a revival of GWPA?

      Author's profile photo Uri Nizan
      Uri Nizan
      Blog Post Author

      Wearable devices are definitely a hot trend in the technology world. But, unfortunately, I don't think it will revive GWPA 🙂