5 easy steps to create a Fiori app using an EDMX file & testing it by leveraging the #SAPWebIDE mock service
We have seen many posts talking about connecting the SAP Web IDE to a remote backend system and creating Fiori based apps and getting the data from the backend system. As title speaks everything, i am going to show you how we can create a Fiori app with no backend system but using an EDMX file which contains the model of the OData service and could leverage SAP Web IDE mock service to test the application.
This kind of approach is useful in that case when backend is not ready (or no connectivity to backend system) and development for frontend and backend is done in parallel.
- Set up Web IDE on HANA cloud
- EDMX file (copy below code in a text file and save it with .edmx extension)
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><edmx:Edmx xmlns:edmx="http://schemas.microsoft.com/ado/2007/06/edmx" xmlns:m="http://schemas.microsoft.com/ado/2007/08/dataservices/metadata" Version="1.0"> <edmx:DataServices m:DataServiceVersion="2.0"> <Schema xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/ado/2008/09/edm" xmlns:sap="http://www.sap.com/Protocols/SAPData" Namespace="ArticleModel"> <EntityType Name="Article"> <Key> <PropertyRef Name="ArticleID"/> </Key> <Property Name="ArticleID" Nullable="false" Type="Edm.String"/> <Property Name="Name" Type="Edm.String"/> <Property Name="Descirption" Type="Edm.String"/> <Property Name="Price" Nullable="false" Type="ArticleModel.Price"/> </EntityType> <ComplexType Name="Price"> <Property Name="Amount" Type="Edm.String"/> <Property Name="Currency" Type="Edm.String"/> </ComplexType> <EntityContainer Name="default" m:IsDefaultEntityContainer="true"> <EntitySet EntityType="ArticleModel.Article" Name="ArticleSet"/> </EntityContainer> </Schema> </edmx:DataServices> </edmx:Edmx>
1. Activating external plugin OData model Editor
- Open SAP Web IDE: https://webide-******trial.dispatcher.hanatrial.ondemand.com/ Go to Tools > Preferences
- Select the checkbox for the plugin OData model Editor > Save> Reload SAP Web IDE to see the new functionality
2. Now, i am going to create a schema file in a separate folder that could be used for future projects. Right click on the root folder Local > New > Folder
Give it a name as EDMX_files. Now, right click on EDMX_files folder > New>OData Model File
name it as ArticleService and choose OData Version as 2.0
Replace it’s content with attached file content. It should look like below:
3. Create a new project File > New > Project from Template > SAP Fiori Master Detail Application
- Project name: ArticleSeviceWithMockData
- Under Data Connection > Workspace > select desired edmx file
- scroll down and click on SELECT and then NEXT
(You could direct point to .edmx file if it is available on your local machine. No need of step #2. Select Workspace >Browse)
- Enter below details for Project settings, Master Section and Details Section > Next >Finish
Note: With the value for Project namespace (in above app it is articlemock_ns) we can assign a kind of group definition to project files. In future exercises when we create a new view, the Project Namespace value will indicate that the new view and its controller belong to your app or the respective app that you are going to extend.
4. Test the data with mock-data
Note: By default, in each and every running SAP Web IDE app there is random mock-data. As mentioned earlier, this will help application developers to test Fiori apps from design and front-end development perspectives even though there is no connectivity to backend systems.
Select index.html > Run >Run with Mock data
This is how it should look like:
5. Modify and personalize your mock-data
SAP Web IDE provides an easy table form to edit mock-data directly in the project that could reflect our specific needs properly.
Expand Model > right click metadata.xml > Edit Mock Data
Click on Add Row > enter test data
Note: PRICE is a complex type binded to ArticleSet entityset.
SAP Web IDE creates a new mock-data file Article.json in the folder model.
(SAP recommends JSON format to work with mock-data. You could also import an JSON file directly into model folder > Right click model > Import >File)
To test again, repeat step #4, select index.html > Run >Run with Mock Data
(Inputs have taken from openSAP course build your own Fiori App in Cloud)
Hope you enjoyed it. Your comments and feedback are most welcome.