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SAP NPM Registry launched: Making the lives of Node.js developers easier

Hi everyone,

As you might have heard today during SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando or already experienced in our updated SAP Cloud Platform Cockpit, we just announced the general availability of our Cloud Foundry-based environment on SAP Cloud Platform .

To make life easier if you want to develop a Node.js application for our Cloud Foundry-based environment on SAP Cloud Platform, we are launching the SAP NPM Registry https://npm.sap.com where we publish @sap scoped modules. All other modules are still downloaded from the default registry at https://registry.npmjs.org .

If you are not yet that into Node.js and are wondering now what I’m talking about: NPM stands for Node Package Manager and it’s the package manager for JavaScript and especially Node.js as a sort of industry standard. In many ways, you can compare it to Apache Maven in the Java world. Regarding NPM in general, you can find more information here https://docs.npmjs.com/getting-started/what-is-npm .

To enable that your NPM client installation uses the SAP NPM Registry for @sap scoped modules use the command “npm config set @sap:registry https://npm.sap.com” without the “” in your command line after the installation of NPM. This creates/edits the .npmrc file in your user folder and adds the line “@sap:registry=https://npm.sap.com” without the “”. That’s the configuration for your NPM client installation so that it knows where to get the @sap scoped modules from. Alternatively, you can also create/edit the .npmrc file and add the line manually.

If you want to see what modules are currently available, perform a search after the keyword “sap”:

All the best,

Sven

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  • Hi Sven,

    Could you please also share some information how these node modules would be used in an application running on sap cloud platform? Is there any documentation and example applications available which show the benefit of these modules?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Sven,

      please have a look here https://help.sap.com/viewer/65de2977205c403bbc107264b8eccf4b/Cloud/en-US/b8ee7894fe0b4df5b78f61dd1ac178ee.html . Those Node.js modules will be needed if you want build an Node.js application for SAP Cloud Platform, e.g. to use the logging, persistence, security, etc. features of the platform in your application. Previously, you had to download those modules via SAP Service Marketplace, having our own SAP NPM Registry makes consuming them much easier.

      All the best,

      Sven

  • How can I or rather any customer get the permission to download files from this SAP npm?

    • Hi Michael,

      the SAP NPM Registry is public and free for use, you or any customer can just connect with the NPM client to it and download the modules from there during the build of your projects.

      All the best,

      Sven

  • Hi Sven,

     

    is it also possible to contribute new modules developed in the teams @sap?

     

    Thanks

  • Hi Sven,

    I want to run the sample: https://github.wdf.sap.corp/cdx/odata-v4-samples/tree/master/readEntityCollection

    This makes use of @sap/odata-v4″: “^0.0.1-alpha.4

    I cannot find this package in https://npm.sap.com
    Do you know where I can take it from?

    Thank you!

    Andreea

  • HI Sven Kohlhaas – is there any node package for neo apps that could help us test those applications locally or for consuming the neo-app.json file for destinations. We currently face issues due to the incompatibility of xs-app.json and neo-app.json routing and it would be nice to have the transparency of being able to actually troubleshoot these like other node applications

    By the way, great news about the npm generally! it already helped sort a few things out.

    • Hi Lindsay,

       

      such a node package we don’t have currently but a good suggestion, I will take it into our feedback list.

       

      All the best,

      Sven

  • Hi,

    isn’t it currently supported to install a package from the own SCP git repository? I want to create a  module within the SCP without publishing it to Github / NPM Registry. When adding a SCP […].git URL as dependency it is not possible to resolve the dependency.

    It is also not possible to install a Github Gist (https://gist.github.com/). A github gist can be installed with “gist:[<githubname>/]<gistID>[#<commit-ish>|#semver:<semver>]” (reference https://docs.npmjs.com/cli/install) but the following error occurs: https://codepaste.net/hsj68j

    Best regards,
    Matthew 🙂

    • Hi,

      The link https://codepaste.net/hsj68j doesn’t work. What is the error you are receiving?

      Best regards,

      Georgi

      • Sorry for my late reply… When I locally use

        npm install gist:7d867cda127e64d38f28 --save

        it installs the GitHub Gist (https://gist.github.com/HugoGiraudel/7d867cda127e64d38f28) and I can use it in my project. Afterwards the package.json contains the following dependency:

        {
          "dependencies": {
            "blingdotjs": "gist:7d867cda127e64d38f28"
          }
        }

        But when I try to build the same project (with the above dependency) in the SAP Cloud Platform Full-Stack WebIDE it fails with the following error:

        14:32:20 (DIBuild) Build of /someapplication in progress
        14:32:20 (DIBuild) [INFO] Retrieving source code
        [INFO] Preparing node environment
        14:32:23 (DIBuild) [INFO] Installing node dependencies
        14:32:26 (DIBuild) npm ERR! git clone --template=/usr/wrk/tmp.DNw8Ne0DDL/npm_cache/_git-remotes/_templates --mirror git@gist.github.com:/7d867cda127e64d38f28.git /usr/wrk/tmp.DNw8Ne0DDL/npm_cache/_git-remotes/git-gist-github-com-7d867cda127e64d38f28-git-897203f6: undefined
        npm ERR! Linux 4.11.7
        npm ERR! argv "/opt/node-v6.9.1-linux-x64/bin/node" "/opt/node-v6.9.1-linux-x64/bin/npm" "install"
        npm ERR! node v6.9.1
        npm ERR! npm  v3.10.8
        npm ERR! code ENOGIT
        npm ERR! not found: git
        npm ERR! 
        npm ERR! Failed using git.
        npm ERR! This is most likely not a problem with npm itself.
        npm ERR! Please check if you have git installed and in your PATH.
        npm ERR! Please include the following file with any support request:
        npm ERR!     /usr/wrk/tmp.DNw8Ne0DDL/proj/npm-debug.log

        Regards,
        Matthew 🙂

        • Hi Matthew,

          While DI is built, npm client tries to run “git clone” command.

          However, currently Web IDE Full-Stack does not support git environment and this is why it fails.

          We are considering supporting git in Web IDE Full-Stack.

          Thanks and Best Regards,

          Yaniv

  • Cannot search the sap registry

  • Cannot deploy @sap packages to Cloud Foundry SAP Cloud Platform

  • This is really cool stuff! Thanks a lot!

    Adding a UI with search, viewable README-files etc. to the registry would be even a lot cooler 🙂

    BR Chris

  • Hi there Sven,

    Is there by any chance a documentation that shows the different versions of a particular package?

    The only one that I seems to be able to see is the list of packages available without its version.

    https://help.sap.com/viewer/4505d0bdaf4948449b7f7379d24d0f0d/2.0.03/en-US/54513272339246049bf438a03a8095e4.html#loio54513272339246049bf438a03a8095e4__section_rmz_bqq_25

    For example for a normal npm package, https://www.npmjs.com/package/http-server

    We can see the available versions.

    At the moment, it seems there is no list and we do not know which version there is until build time and sometime minor update could break things.

    Thanks!

    • Hi Stefanus,

      you are correct, something like this is not available. Thanks for your feedback, we will take it into our planning.

      All the best,

      Sven