Today is the launch day for the new openSAP course: Next Steps in Software Development on SAP HANA. In this course we will look at more advanced features in SAP HANA native development as well as new features which have been introduced in SPS07 and SPS08, and an occasional look ahead to SPS09. However my favorite part of doing this course was that it goes well beyond the basics. As is necessary with any new platform, for the last 2 years or so we have been very focused on introducing the basic concepts of the development environment. However this rarely leaves much opportunity to dig deeper into the programming model or explore real world problems. Let’s just say that I was a little tired of teaching “Hello World” exercises and looking forward to the kinds of topics we got to cover in this new course.
In this first week, we do spend just a little time on a general recap of the overall architecture. We then pretty quickly move on to discussing the various tools which will be used in the course. We will show and detail the SAP Web-based Development Workbench, HANA Studio, XS Admin, and SAP HANA Application Lifecycle Manager. Not only do we introduce all of these tools in the first week, but for those already familiar with them, we also highlight some of the recent advances in the tooling in SPS08. All of this will help prepare you for the comings weeks when we will use these various tools to create a complete application using the HANA native development model.