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Author's profile photo Christian Drumm

The properties view: an AiE feature that I’ve missed so far

Once in a while I stumble upon an AiE feature that after the initial discovery I can’t work without any more. The last such feature was the possibility to restrict the search for ABAP development objects to certain object type (cf. A take-away “AiE feature” from our last SAP Code Jam event by Martin Steinberg). Today I discovered my new favourite feature, the properties view, through Thomas Fiedlers response in the thread Feature Request: Description in “Duplicate” dialog.

Before the properties view

One thing is used to do in the past was to open up an source code artefact in the SAP GUI. And  then use the context menu to open the object directory entry of the artefact (see screen shots below). As I didn’t know any other way I never questioned this approach. However, I was hoping that some day there would be a simpler way of getting to the object directory imformation.

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The properties view to the rescue

After reading Thomas’ response this morning I gave the properties view a try. First I had to add it to my ABAP perspective using the “Show View” menu in AiE.

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After adding the view I immediately saw that the function I was looking for had been available all the time. For each source code artefact the properties view show the important properties including the object directory information. Furthermore, I also allows editing certain properties like e.g. the object description or the main program of an include.

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I hope this blog helps everyone who used to get to object directory information using some work around as I did. Nevertheless, I think that the AiE team should add this view to the default views open when starting the ABAP perspective. That way this feature would be easier to find for new users of AiE.


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      Author's profile photo Thomas Fiedler
      Thomas Fiedler

      Hi Christian,

      the first time you open the IDE after the installation the property view is visible in the ABAP perspective. But at that point in time you don't know what the property view is good for because the content is empty with a note 'Properties are not available' 😕 . I think that's the reason why most of the developer will close the view and forget about it.

      What do you think what might be a good trigger for us to reopen the property view?

      Maybe we can add it to the Feature Explorer tour? 



      Author's profile photo Christian Drumm
      Christian Drumm
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Thomas,

      a Feature Explorer sounds like a good idea.

      And maybe add it at least as a screen shot to the AiE Code Jam material.


      Author's profile photo Uwe Fetzer
      Uwe Fetzer

      Or maybe a context menus in the project explorer: "properties"

      Author's profile photo Thomas Fiedler
      Thomas Fiedler

      Hi Uwe,

      in the editor we have a context menu entry "Show in Properties".

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      This menu opens the property view in case it is closed.

      I have no glue why the eclipse guys do not offer this menu item in the project explorer.

      Let's see whether we can do that.

      Thanks for the input.



      PS: We are currently working on a feature that the properties of an object are displayed in the property view without opening the editor just by clicking on the object in the project explorer.

      Author's profile photo Oliver Jaegle
      Oliver Jaegle

      Nice one, I was missing this myself.

      What I'm still missing though is the ability to change the package assignment there. I have tried with drag-an-drop in the navigator, but this obviously was far too optimistic 😉



      Author's profile photo Uwe Fetzer
      Uwe Fetzer

      This feature is comming soon (context menu of the object in the Project Explorer and ie. the source code)