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Author's profile photo Victor Ionescu

Jumping on the AiE train

Hello fellow developers,

Although I have had my first encounter with the AiE IDE almost 2 years ago, it has taken me quite a lot of time to “push” myself to start using Eclipse regularly. However I do not consider myself to be the exception here, but rather part of a majority that has been used to developing ABAP code for multiple years using our beloved workbench, and that is finding it rather hard to let go 🙂

This is why I was very excited to hear about an initiative such as the AiE Feature Explorer, which really gives any AiE-newcomer a quick demo of the benefits that you can obtain by using the Eclipse IDE. (Catalin Chiuaru, you should give it a try)

There are multiple features that I find very useful which are presented in the Feature Explorer; generally speaking however I am a firm believer that one can greatly speed up the development by using a source-code based view and by taking advantage of the many keyboard shortcuts made available by Eclipse. ( This is why, even before the Feature Explorer, I had glued a list of the most important keyboard shortcuts to my monitor Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for ABAP in Eclipse )

What I find even more important is the fact that for the first time the development environment has really opened up and if there really is a feature missing from your IDE, nothing stops you from sitting down and implementing it on your own SAP NetWeaver How-To Guide: SDK for the ABAP Development Tools

So to sum it up … there really isn’t any excuse for anyone of us to not start using AiE right away ( except perhaps if one is limited by the AS used in the current project – if I recall correctly AiE is available as of Netweaver 7.31 )

Best regards

Victor

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      Author's profile photo Thomas Fiedler
      Thomas Fiedler

      Thanks Victor for the nice feedback.

      Concerning the SDK we are open for your ideas.

      Based on these ideas we will further enhance the SDK.

      Regards,

      Thomas.