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Today was RTC of SAP NetWeaver 7.5 with AS ABAP 7.50. While there are already some big pictures around, let me provide you with some small ones.

As with ABAP 7.40, let’s start with the question “What is ABAP 7.50?” and extend the figure that answered this question for 7.40.


The figure shows ABAP Language and ABAP Runtime Environment as seen by sy-saprl, so to say.

The good news is, we are back in calmer waters again. While the way to ABAP 7.40 was not too linear and  involved development in enhancement packages (EHPs as 7.02 and 7.31) and backports from NGAP, development from ABAP 7.40 on took place in support packages. The support packages 7.40, SP05 and  7.40, SP08 were delivered with new Kernels 7.41 and 7.42. New Kernels meant new functionality.  Good for you if you waited for exciting new things. Maybe not so good, if you see “support packages” as what they are: With support packages most people expect bug fixes but no new functionality. And that’s why 7.40, SP08 was the last one bundled with a new Kernel. All further SPs for 7.40 stay on Kernel 742 and are real support packages again.

Of course, the ongoing development of ABAP did not stop with that. You might have heard rumors of 7.60 and Co. already. A new release line was opened for SAP’s internal cloud development immediately, starting with ABAP 7.60 based on Kernel 7.43. This line has short release cycles, where each release is connected to an own Kernel and delivers new functionality. These releases are used – and thereby tested – by SAP-internal development teams.

For all the other environments than AS ABAP for Cloud Development, the now shipping release ABAP 7.50  was created as a copy of ABAP 7.62 based on Kernel 7.45. For these environments, as e.g. SAP S/4HANA or SAP NetWeaver 7.5 standalone, ABAP 7.50 is simply the direct successor of ABAP 7.40 and provides the ABAP Language and Runtime Environment for AS ABAP for NetWeaver 7.5. See the big pictures, where ABAP 7.50 will be available.

In an upcoming series of blogs I will present to you the most important ABAP news for ABAP 7.50. And there are quite some of them …

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  1. Peter Inotai

    Hi Horst,

    I was waiting for this blog since a long time 🙂

    I’m looking forward for all the upcoming blogs about the new 7.50 ABAP features.

    Best regards


  2. Rüdiger Plantiko


    I know it’s slightly off-topic. But: what will happen to the ABAP stack in the planned S4HANA environment?

    As far as I read from various sources in the web, I have the following picture:

    • The applications that are planned to replace SD, MM, FI etc. will not be implemented in ABAP but as HANA native applications (i.e. SAPUI5 for the UI, .xsjs for server-side logic).
    • It will be possible to use an ABAP stack, but the HANA basis services will not need it. ABAP is a “may”, not a “must”, an environment offered among others, like e.g. Java.

    What will be the future of ABAP, NGAP etc. in the light of these plans?

  3. Jörg Neumann

    Hello Horst,

    can you already tell, whether future versions of ABAP 7.5 will require kernel-updates, as necessary for ABAP 7.4 SP02 – SP08?



    1. Horst Keller
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      Hi Jörg,

      All SPs for 7.50 stay on Kernel 745 and are real support packages. Kernel changes must be done for critical patches only. A new Kernel with new functionality will be necessary for a new release of AS ABAP at the earliest. Let’s give it the working title “Release 7.51”.



    1. Kilian Kilger

      Hi Thomas,

      we have plans, yes. But of course we can promise nothing. Emulating ABAP’s UCS2 semantics on Any-DB isn’t exactly like celebrating a party :-).

      Of course there is even better stuff in the SQL standard, like arbitrary collations. But this is even more improbable.

      Best regards,

  4. Former Member

    Hi Horst,

    This is probably bothering me way more than it should, but although the instruction below is correct from a syntax point of view, it still displays some of the characters in red, leading developers to think there is a problem.

    Is there any way around this ?




      1. Former Member

        Thanks, indeed that was the problem. I was checking in a VM with an old version of the SAP GUI (7.30)

        I checked in Eclipse and a recent SAP GUI and that’s much better. 👌


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