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SAP Cloud Platform Backend service: Overview of Blogs

I would describe SAP Cloud Platform Backend service as follows:

You open this cloud application in your browser
You pass a model file to the creation wizard
After only a few seconds you get an OData service, ready to use
The service has its own persistence, you don’t need to care about it at all
No code

The targeted role is the so-called citizen developer

It is easy to use, but nevertheless, I’m creating a series of tutorials to support you getting started and creating data models
This page also collects other links to material which you might want to view


Preparation & Configuration

0.1 Preparation
0.2 Roles Configuration
0.3 CDS Model Creation Tools
0.4 Configuration of BETA subaccount to enable calling APIs from external app
0.5 Security settings to enable calling APIs from external app
16 Fine-tuning role configuration for productive use of APIs

Creating APIs

1   Easy API Creation ===> F E A T U R E D <===
2   Use the Cockpit to easily fire Service Requests

CDS Tutorials

1.1 CDS explained
3   CDS: how to define associations (1)
4   CDS: how to define associations (2)
5   CDS: how to use Facets
6   CDS: how to use Custom Types
7   CDS: organize your models by separating data from service model
8   CDS: organize your models using namespace and contexts
9   CDS: how to use the select statement
10 CDS: association to an entity which is exposed by multiple projections
11 CDS: auto-generated values for key properties
12 CDS: how to run local CDS build
17 CDS: defining and using ETag

Consuming APIs & Security

13 How to call APIs from external tool (local REST client tool)
27 How to call APIs from external tool, made easy (via approuter)
18 How to call APIs from external node.js app
19 How to call APIs from internal node.js app (deploy to CF)
20 How to call APIs from internal node.js app using binding (cloud)
21 How to call APIs from internal node.js app with xsuaa login (“Authorization Code”)
22 How to call APIs from internal node.js app using Destination service
14 Understanding the OAuth flow when calling APIs from external app
15 Understanding the OAuth flow with grant type “Authorization Code”
24 Understanding the “Application Router” (1)
25 Understanding the “Application Router” (2)
26 Understanding the “Application Router” (3): route to Backend service with user login
28 Scenario including AppRouter, Node app, TokenExchange Destination, Backend service
30 User Interface (1): How to call an API from HTML page

More Tutorials

23 Using the command line client for managing apps in Cloud Foundry
29 Troubleshooting: “Forbidden” Error – how to read JWT token

… and more coming sooner:

31 User Interface (2): How to call an API from UI5 app
CDS features you will appreciate

… or later:

More CDS features you will appreciate

… and much more coming much later…


Other resources

The Backend service topic page:
The super cool YouTube video (1:30 time to watch, but definitely more time enjoying…)
SAP Cloud Platform Backend service in SAP Help Portal documentation

Documentation: SAP Help Portal documentation 

– The homepage:
– The protocol:
– How URLs have to be composed: URL conventions
What’s New in OData V4.0 compared to previous version

Citizen Developer

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  • Hi Carlos,

    Love the tutorials, thanks so much for doing such a great job!

    May I recommend two additional tutorails?

    1. I woud love to see a tutorial in which is explained how to call the service from external applicatons and how to conquer the security mechanisms
    2. A second tutorial that may be of interest is a tutorial on ET and how to get your initial load into the service

    Thanks so much again, Carlos!

    Best regards,
    Jan Penninkhof

    • Hi Jan Penninkhof

      thank you so much for your nice feedback, I really appreciate !!
      And thank you for your proposals, it is a good idea and whenever you have anything new, in mind, please go ahead and post it here 😉
      About 1, absolutely, it is required and I will do so
      The second proposal is not 100% clear to me, what do you mean with ET ?
      For me it stands for “EntityType”, in google I’ve found “Eastern Time” or even “Ethiopia”…;-)
      With “initial load into the service”, you mean to pass e.g. a csv file to fill the database?
      Kind regards,
      • Apologies Carlos. I guess something was wrong with the L on my keyboard. I meant ETL, and especially the initial load of data. CSV could definitely be an option there.

  • Hello @Everybody !

    Have you seen Jan’s comment?

    I’d like to encourage everybody to follow his example:
    Write comments containing positive feedback…
    Forget it, I’m kidding…

    Jan’s good example is:

    – > let me know what tutorials you would like to have.

    Don’t hesitate to send me your wish list in a personal message, or post it in a comment