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So many SAP Web IDE versions… no wonder you’re confused!

In this blog, we would like to share the reasoning behind the different SAP Web IDE versions and
when you should use what.

 

What is SAP Web IDE?

SAP Web IDE is a powerful, extensible, web-based integrated development tool that simplifies end-to-end SAP application development.

There are currently three main versions of SAP Web IDE:

SAP Cloud Platform, Web IDE

  • Available on SAP Cloud Platform (Neo)
  • Also available as a downloadable personal edition

SAP Cloud Platform, Web IDE Full Stack

  • Available on SAP Cloud Platform (Cloud Foundry)

SAP Web IDE for SAP HANA

  • Available with SAP HANA
  • Also included with the downloadable SAP HANA Express Edition (HXE)

 

SAP Cloud Platform, Web IDE

Main use cases are to create or extend SAP UX (SAP UI5 or Fiori) apps that

  • Consume existing cloud (e.g. IoT services, SuccessFactors) or on-premise (e.g. SAP Core, S/4HANA) OData services
  • Will be deployed to SAP Cloud Platform or to an on-premise SAPUI5 ABAP repository
  • Can easily be built into hybrid mobile applications for mobile devices

To work offline, download and install the personal edition of the SAP Cloud Platform, Web IDE. The complementary personal edition IDE can be installed on a personal workstation for offline development by a single developer. You can combine both versions, using Git to sync your local workspace and your Cloud Platform account. The personal edition excludes some of the features of the cloud-based version of SAP Web IDE, such as zero administration, certain optional plugins, and other cloud specific features like building mobile apps. For evaluation purposes, you can sign up for a free SAP Cloud Platform trial account to explore SAP Web IDE based development. Once you are ready to start development, you have to acquire an SAP Cloud Platform license or SAP Web IDE user license.

 

SAP Cloud Platform, Web IDE Full Stack

Main use cases are to create SAP full-stack apps, SaaS apps and extend SAP S/4HANA apps that

  • Consume existing cloud (e.g. IoT services, SuccessFactors) or on-premise (e.g. SAP Core, S/4HANA) OData services
  • Will be deployed to SAP Cloud Platform, Neo and Cloud Foundry environments, or to an on-premise SAPUI5 ABAP repository

This version of SAP Web IDE is based on an open-source server-side foundation, and offers advanced features, such as:

  • Support for SAP Leonardo with incorporated IoT wizard for developing beautiful IoT applications without any coding
  • Full-stack application development for SAP Cloud Platform, Cloud Foundry environment, consisting of several modules, such as a HANA based model, business logic (written in Java), and of course Fiori/SAPUI5.
  • Build an SAPUI5 app and automate tasks using Grunt
  • Create and deploy Workflows in SAP Cloud Platform
  • Seamless integration with SAP API Business Hub

 

SAP Web IDE for SAP HANA

Main use cases are to create SAP HANA native applications for your SAP HANA platform that

  • Consist of multiple modules, from UX to OData services and HANA data models
  • Will be deployed to your SAP HANA system with its Extended Services advanced application server (XSA, on SAP HANA 1.0 SPS 11 or higher)

If you prefer to work offline, or if you don’t have access to a corporate SAP HANA system, you can also download and install the SAP HANA express edition and the XSA based tool package on your workstation. Install SAP HANA and the XSA tools, including SAP Web IDE for SAP HANA. Use the IDE to develop full-stack business applications for SAP HANA and its XSA application server. You can develop and test UI5/Fiori apps, business logic and OData services with Node.js, XSJS and Java, as well as SAP HANA code and data models. All these parts of a complete business application can then be assembled into an archive package for deployment to a productive SAP HANA platform.

 

Why having multiple versions of SAP Web IDE?

This situation is temporary. We are currently in a transition phase from SAP Cloud Platform, Web IDE to the SAP Web IDE Full Stack.

 

So, which version should I use?

Currently, while we’re still in the transition phase, for any UI development including Fiori and SAPUI5, you should keep using the SAP Cloud Platform, Web IDE version.
For developing SaaS apps and extending S/4HANA, use the SAP Web IDE Full Stack version.
For any HANA Native application development, use the SAP Web IDE for SAP HANA version.

 

Summary

The following illustration summarizes the differences between the three SAP Web IDE versions:

 

What’s next?

We plan to consolidate the versions of the SAP Web IDE to minimize the differences.
Once the transition phase will end, we will ask you to start migrating to SAP Web IDE Full Stack, providing you with the proper guidance and assistance.

Our strategy is to have ONE SAP Web IDE.

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Should I move my development to the SAP Web IDE Full Stack version?

If you are using SAP Web IDE and it suits your needs, we recommend not to move yet to the SAP Web IDE Full-Stack version.

You can use the SAP Web IDE Full-Stack version, if you have an interest in the new capabilities that are offered in the SAP Web IDE Full-Stack version e.g. full-stack application development, using Grunt build, integration with SAP API Business Hub, support for SAP Leonardo.

If your interest is only Fiori/SAPUI5 development we recommend using the existing SAP Web IDE version. Follow these steps if you want to move an existing project to SAP Web IDE Full-Stack version.

 

Do I have to purchase anything to be able to use SAP Web IDE Full Stack version?

No, you don’t have to purchase a new license. you can use this version under the terms of your existing license.

 

Will the new capabilities of the SAP Web IDE Full Stack version be offered in the SAP Cloud Platform, Web IDE version?

No, we will continue to maintain the current SAP Web IDE version, but new features will be introduced in SAP Web IDE Full Stack version.

 

If you have any other questions, ask our community, check out our documentation, or contact us.
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  1. Matthias Buettner

    If I understand it correctly, then SAP Web IDE Full Stack version will be the version for the future. The SAP Cloud Platform, Web IDE is from now only in maintenance mode and will get only bugfixes.

    Does the new SAP Web IDE Full Stack version have all the functions of the old SAP Cloud Platform, Web IDE at this time?

    Thanks,
    Matthias

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    1. Michal Keidar Post author

      Hi Matthias,

      There are still some gaps between the versions in terms of existing features, for example Git Stash, tag, running with performance measurements, etc.

      But it’s all a work in progress and these gaps will be closed.

      Regards,
      Michal.

       

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