ABAP Dictionary – Extra Dry
Every ABAP Developer knows the ABAP Dictionary, the metadata repository of the AS ABAP, where you can define semantically rich data types and database tables or views as the backbone of any serious ABAP application. Besides the ABAP Dictionary itself, there is the tool ABAP Dictionary, good old SE11, that is still not replaced by ADT in Eclipse.
When you are working with the ABAP Dictionary, you can use the F1-Help in SE11 and the SAP Library Documentation. The F1-Help as a rule is directly connected to a input field or function of the tool while the SAP Library Documentation is more task oriented. What was missing up to now was a comprehensive reference documentation for the ABAP Dictionary. Well, here it is:
This documentation drills down all the facts that were distributed over F1 and the SAP Library Documentation for data types, database tables and views, updated them were necessary and presents them in a totally new structure – and this in a very, very dry way (no direct speech, no pictures, shame, shame!). The documentation is divided in three parts:
- Classic objects (data types, dabase tables, classic views)
- CDS (Core Data Services, a rather new and hot topic)
- Builtin data types (as a basis for the above objects)
It is part of the ABAP Keyword documentation. This means, links between language topics and dictionary topics are finally possible. All dictionary objects that are important for the ABAP language are described in detail and independent from the tools, hereby making a distinction between their technical and semantical properties. The F1-Help of SE11 in Release 7.40, SP08 was adjusted in a way that you can choose between branching to the SAP Library Documentation or directly to the respective reference documentation.
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