SAP Gateway Developer Tools – Bridging the Past, Present and Future
Most of you would already know that SAP has officially ended the support of Eclipse Juno in the end of June 2014. As SAP generally tries to support the current and the previous versions of Eclipse, we will soon remove references to https://tools.hana.ondemand.com/juno from the index pages. Only the tools which support Eclipse Kepler and Luna will be listed on “SAP Development Tools for Eclipse” update site.
Since SAP NetWeaver Gateway Productivity Accelerator (GWPA) toolkit is only available on Juno, as a developer working with Gateway platform should you be worried? Do Gateway tools support Kepler yet? When can you expect the new tools? Via this blog we would like to answer some of these questions which concern your day to day work.
First and foremost, until Kepler based tools are available you can continue to use the link https://tools.hana.ondemand.com/juno in the Eclipse environment via “Help -> Install New Software”. This link will be active at least for the whole of 2014 even after end of support for Juno. Once Kepler based tools are available we recommend that you switch to Kepler version.
Secondly, with regards to Kepler we need to first explain a bit about “GWPA” package itself. GWPA is a bundle of multiple toolkits which cover both “provisioning” and “consumption” aspects, in addition to an “OData Modeler” which acts as a bridge between the two. Provisioning tools such as “Toolkit for Integration Gateway” help in creating and deploying services on a given target platform, and Consumption tools are platform specific SDKs to consume these services in different clients such as iOS, Android and Java.
Let’s talk about these three individual components of GWPA:
- OData Modeler – We will have a new and improved tool in Kepler
- Provisioning tools – Currently we have “Toolkit for Integration Gateway” which supports SAP Mobile Platform (SMP) 3.0. In Kepler we will have an improved toolkit called “API Toolkit for SAP Mobile Platform” offering similar functionality and more
- Consumption tools – Please refer this link for more details
Thirdly, it is important to note that in Kepler the provisioning tools will be found under “SAP Mobile Platform tools” category. This is done keeping in view our long term vision of Gateway design tooling and its positioning across SAP ecosystem.
We expect to release Kepler based tools very soon. Stay tuned for additional communication on this, but until then we recommend that you continue to access Juno based tooling from https://tools.hana.ondemand.com/juno update site.