Hello folks,

having the great opportunity to attend the TechEd conference this year, and, at that, for the first time ever, to boot, I instantly got excited and naively created a session plan with dozens of hands-on workshops before reading “… a maximum of two hands-on workshops per full conference registrant..”. Gnah!

As if somebody heard that “Gnah!”, I subsequently read this in the What’s New? – Section (What’s New? | SAP TechEd && d-code Global).

  • More Hands-on Workshop Reservations: You asked. We listened. This year, SAP TechEd && d-code full conference registrants who blog about their plans for the event will earn a 3rd hands-on workshop reservation. Stay tuned for more details.

It didn’t take me too long to find the respective blog, so here goes my Win-Big Blog for the Win Big with the SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 Hands-On Workshop Challenge

The Location:

It’s gonna be Berlin, naturally, because Ich bin ein Berliner (in case you didn’t know Blog It Forward – Lukas Weigelt ;P). So, the opportunity to lean on my employer to let me attend was perfect and it did work out.

My Plan:

Basically, I plan to attend as many sessions that are of interest to me as possible, visit a lot of exhibitors and info zones and try meeting a lot of people I only know online from the forums so far, plus, doing all that without hyperventilating. Here’s a first draft of my session plan which still contains too many entries (still gotta narrow it down some more):

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The sessions I’m probably most excited about are DEV262 and SEC262, because (DEV262) the whole evolution of the ABAP language and the, let’s say “wrapping”, of most coding intrigues me; especially when manipulating standard programs that are 20 years old or older. Seeing stuff with a nearly completely object oriented first level interface or let’s say ‘Overlay’ ;P, but then, diving into the lower callstack levels, ending up in Macros and ancient stuff like that… I think that’s fun. Concerning SEC262, concerning security, I’m only confronted with authority checks in my daily work and pretty much leave everything else to my colleagues who specialize in SAP security issues, because “Ain’t nobody got time ‘fo that”. Thus, I’m very interested in taking the opportunity and learn how to build more resilient code (after all, as a developer I’m the one who inevitably is the first instance that creates the potential security risks in the first place 😉 ).

I also hope I can attend as many WDA-FPM sessions as possible since I’ll still have a lot to do with that frontend technique in the future and I’m still struggling to easily overlook standard FPM applications. Don’t get me wrong, I know the techniques and I know very well what I’m doing, but seeing a standard FPM application with 10 GUIBB-based containers and a Feeder Class FPM Phase Model pumped up like crazy still makes me say “Oh god, why”. I guess taking some of the sessions will smoothen this “FPM-sensation” 😛

Since my company does not use HANA in any way (yet) I luckily don’t have to struggle picking from the respective sessions (i.e. as far as I saw, 90% of all sessions cover HANA thematics). Hence the “HANA-Overkill” in the Blog-Title 😉

What I’m looking forward to the most:

Meeting people in person I only know from the forums at the moment.

Advice for first timers (optional):

Since I’m a first timer myself, I can’t share any personal experience, but there’s tons of good advice from more experienced people in their Win-Big Blogs, check them out! 🙂

Excited to be on board, yarrr!

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