Me and my colleguesWerner Schwarz and Patrick Wenger we like SAPUI5 and OpenUI5 a lot. I think it’s a great, easy-to-use technology and with SAP Web IDE improving continuously, full WYSIWYG-capabillities are getting closer and closer. I’d like to use OpenUI5 in a lot of private projects in my spare time.
However, in my optinion SAPUI5 is only fun when using it in combination with OData and corresponding OData-Services (especially when working with SAP Web IDE). However, how would you create an OData-Service in “normal/private” live? Only few of us have a SAP Gateway on their night table….
I investigated quite some time and found several approaches. I think all of them are either only half-baked (like every approach using PHP-based OData Producer Library OData Producer Library for PHP – Home, as it only provides Read-Support and you have to generate the files for every database you want to provide a service for) or way too work-intensive to use for rapid prototyping (like using JPA for a specific database schema: xml – How to expose a MySQL database as OData – Stack Overflow).
We wanted something very simple and generic: We wanted to create a generic tool enabling us to provide OData-Services for ANY SQLite database only by copy&paste the corresponding files to a default PHP web hosting – without any special software-systems, further programming or file-generating.
Therefor we (well, mostly Werner) created the php-sqlite-odata library. Check out Werner’s GitHub Repository: slup/php-sqlite-odata · GitHub
By copying these files and providing a few configuration information in the Config.class.php-File you can easily provide full OData CRUD-Services for any SQLite-Database. You can also add these Services as Destinations in the SAP HANA(Trial) Cockpit and using them right away in the SAP Web IDE.
We’re already covering a lot of the OData standard llike:
But as you can see in the documented limitations sections, not the full OData-Standard is covered yet. Next steps ahead are:
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Also, no security aspects like SQL Injection etc. has been covered yet. So if you want to test it or (even better) improve it, please fork Werner on GitHub 🙂
Any comment or contribution is very welcome!
In the next part of this Blog serie I’ll provide a step-by-step tutorial using this library in combination with SAP Web IDE,
PS: I’m using phpSQLiteAdmin download | SourceForge.net for creating and maintaining my SQLite databases. This little PHP-File based tool provides phpMyAdmin-like functionality for SQLite databases.