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It’s Trial Time for ABAP in SAP Cloud Platform

 

You have asked. We have listened.

Since SAP TechEd 2019 in Las Vegas the long awaited trial version of the SAP Cloud Platform, ABAP Environment is now available. Everybody can now get their hands dirty and can try out, for example the new ABAP RESTful Programming Model.

 

What do you need as prerequisites ?

 

Where do I find ABAP trial ?

The ABAP trial is part of the Cloud Foundry trial and can be accessed via the SAP Cloud Platform trial access https://cockpit.hanatrial.ondemand.com.

For a detailed step-by-step description check out our Onboarding Tutorial.

A short description of the onboarding process can also be found in the SAP Online Help.

 

What are the Rules of the Game ?

This trial is a Shared Offering. Opposed to other trial offerings in SAP Cloud Platform this is a shared trial offering. Trial users share an instance of the same backend system. As in an on premise ABAP development system the content is not separated which means you are able to see and change all objects that other developers have created. And they can see and change the objects that you have developed. As a result we ask you to be careful when editing objects. So you should always be sure to replace the placeholders XXX provided in our tutorials (e.g.zcl_generate_travel_data_XXX) with an unused 3-digit number or 3-character combination.

It’s for educational purposes only. The system may only be used to educate yourself. You must not use it for any other purposes.

It has a limited lifetime. The total lifetime of the shared ABAP trial system is bound to the lifetime of your trial account in the Cloud Foundry environment.  A trial account in the Cloud Foundry environment has a default period of utilization of 30 days. You can extend the trial period to a maximum of 90 days, after which your account is automatically deleted. At the end of the maximum usage period you will see a message like the following.

After your trial account has been deleted, you can create a new trial account in the Cloud Foundry environment, unless you would like to purchase an enterprise account as described in the SAP Online Help.

What is in that box and how can I import code?

For your convenience we have preinstalled the Flight Reference Scenario for the ABAP RESTful Programming Model. So no need for you to install it again. The Flight Reference Scenario provides sample data and services as well as legacy business logic to get familiar with the ABAP RESTful Programming Model. You can check out the end-to-end scenarios or build your own app based on the reference scenario and sample data.

As described in Use abapGit to Transform ABAP Source Code to the Cloud you can also import your own code into the trial system. This is possible using the abapGit client that comes with the ABAP Development Tools. But remember, this is a shared trial, so you must not upload anything beside your own demo code.

 

What should I do if I have a question or an issue ?

If you have questions or if you are stuck with something you can post your problem in the Q&A section of SCN using the tag SAP Cloud Platform, ABAP Environment .

 

Known limitations

Due to the shared trial approach, the following features are limited:

  • Limited access to the apps of the administrator’s SAP Fiori Launchpad
    • No apps for Identity and Access Management (IAM)
    • No apps for Communication Management
    • No app for Software Component Lifecycle
  • No support for custom Identity Provider (IdP)

Most important limitations that result from the technical limitations above:

  • No usage of Destination Service
  • No usage of On Premise Connectivity
  • Business Roles can’t be created nor assigned
  • Custom Authorization Objects & Fields can’t be used

 

Related blogs

 

Where do I find further information ?

 

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  • Although, i have submitted a question… on the link above.., I receive this error abruptly while attempting to use the clound foundry trial.., in a similar error message received earlier , it conveyed that Global account missing…, could all this be an issue with my trial user set up on SAP Cloud Platform ? … how to get it fixed ?

    please advice…

      • I got the confirmation from my colleagues that the issue that caused the problem in your specific case has been resolved and that you can simply access the trial home page and follow the same process / steps described in our onboarding tutorial.

  • Thanks for enabling. A fantastic playground  !!!

    Created my first object in ABAP Cloud Platform.

    But the login page shows “This program cannot display the web page ” while reconnecting again after some time.

    Thanks

    Jay

     

  • This is one of the best trial offerings since HANA Express edition.  All of us are so looking forward to it. I am suprised that this has not gone viral yet.

  • Hi Andre,

     

    Thanks for this awesome blog.

    I tried following the steps mentioned in your blog and while adding entitlements to my subaccount, I am getting the following error : “We could not save your changes. There could be conflicting changes that were made while you were editing. Refresh the page to see the current status of your entitlements.”
    I even tried deleting the subaccount and creating a fresh one but the error remains the same.

    Could you please help me with this.

     

    Thanks & Regards
    Sagar Bansal

      • Hi Andre,

         

        Thanks for your response.

        I tried sending you a direct message but I am not able to.
        Could you send me a message so that I can reply my P-user id on the same.

         

        Regards
        Sagar Bansal

  • Thanks for the response. I don’t see the provide SAP when I create the sub account, may be that’s the reason. How shall i get the provide as SAP as mentioned in the tutorial

    • If your problem persists please post your question in the Q&A area using the primary tag “SAP Cloud Platform, ABAP environment”. Step 2 of the Onboarding Tutorial clearly describes what you have to do if you don’t see the SAP Trial icon. You have to manually edit the subaccount assignments.

  • Excellent. Just finished my first RAP program. It was interesting to see all these new stuff ( Behavior definition etc.,) and how the Servicing Definition and Binding are all done at ABAP level. Good Bye dear SEGW 🙂

  • Tried and found wonderful.

    Thanks a lot Andre and SAP Team, much appreciated. The barrier to ABAP programming is now very thin for people(like me) coming from the Web Development background. No longer you need a lot of formalities to be completed to just get started with the ABAP coding.

    Is it truly 1908 by the way?

     

    One of the issues found is that the trial system was not stable, if you are trying to complete the activities in one session? Yes, then everything goes smooth. However if you close the session(exit Eclipse and open once again), then the trial system may not be available. Brought this to the attention of the team as an issue below:-

    https://github.com/SAPDocuments/Tutorials/issues/4071

    Thanks,

    Jakes