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Author's profile photo Daniel Lippmann

My first steps with ABAP in eclipse

Let’s start…

After installing Eclipse and downloading AiE I started…

…creating shortdumps (SYSTEM_NO_SHM_MEMORY) in our dev system. Well, let’s raise abap/shared_objects_size_MB to 100 MB. 🙂

In customer systems, I didn’t tell basis team to do so yet, since we have other issues connecting to the systems (SAPROUTER, authorizations…).

First steps

After learning new helpful shortcuts in the Feature Explorer I feel at home. I had some problems achieving some of the goals, but that could have been a pebcak thing. What I really like is the possibility to rename variables, sometimes I was missing this feature in SE80 really bad.

Before I used it I thought that Eclipse would be pretty slow, but I have to correct myself – working is really fluent, for example browsing in dev classes seems faster than in SE80. I also like the help which is not popping up somewhere and has to be found first in the taskbar.

It’s also good that you can work offline and can customize the perspective to fit your needs – this makes it more powerful than SE80.

What I’m missing is the possibility to customize help, sometimes I can’t reach ICM in customer systems.

Let me sum up: I like it, it’s a powerful, helpful tool and I will try to use AiE whenever it’s possible!

About me

I started programming ABAP in 2000 when my education at SAP AG started. At SAP, I visited several BC courses where I learned ABAP. After my education, I programmed reports in FI, MM and CO and system helpers as my main focus was SAP basis. After some years in SAP basis (and countless modification adjustments), I went to Palmer AG, a consulting company from Würzburg in the IS-U field. Here I did upgrades including modification adjustments and some programming in IS-U, ERP and basis.

Now I’m working at arvato Systems perdata, where I’m responsible for Solution Manager and HANA projects.

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      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo

      Nice review.

      Author's profile photo Joachim Rees
      Joachim Rees

      Hey Daniel,


      thanks for sharing!

      Can you elaborate on how "you can work offline" is a useful feature / how you make use of it?

      I can’t imagine how I could work NOT being connected to a backend-system, but maybe you have different use-cases?