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a tale of Robin Hood

Dear community, today we start with some code. Let’s see if the code already reveals what this blog is about.

REPORT zcity_of_nottingham.

DATA wanted_poster TYPE string VALUE '1000 silver coins reward for the capture of Robin Hood'.

  DATA(robin_hood) = zcl_robin_hood=>get_instance( ).
  robin_hood->examine_wanted_poster( wanted_poster ).
  robin_hood->change_wanted_poster_stealthy( ).
  robin_hood->examine_wanted_poster( wanted_poster ).
CLASS zcl_robin_hood DEFINITION
                     CREATE PRIVATE.

    CLASS-METHODS get_instance
        VALUE(result) TYPE REF TO zcl_robin_hood.

    METHODS constructor.

    METHODS change_wanted_poster_stealthy.

    METHODS examine_wanted_poster
        wanted_poster TYPE string.

    CLASS-DATA instance TYPE REF TO zcl_robin_hood.

  METHOD constructor.

  METHOD get_instance.
    IF instance IS NOT BOUND.
      CREATE OBJECT instance.
    result = instance.

  METHOD change_wanted_poster_stealthy.
    FIELD-SYMBOLS <wanted_poster> TYPE string.
    IF sy-subrc = 0.
      REPLACE 'Robin Hood' IN <wanted_poster> WITH 'Prince John'.

  METHOD examine_wanted_poster.
    WRITE / wanted_poster.
    IF wanted_poster CS 'Robin Hood'.
      WRITE / 'Seriously?' COLOR COL_NEGATIVE.
    ELSEIF wanted_poster CS 'Prince John'.
      WRITE / 'Now it''s okay.' COLOR COL_POSITIVE.

example output of report

Let’s take a closer look at the code. Robin Hood is located in the city of Nottingham. There he discovers a poster: He is wanted … oh wonder ๐Ÿ˜‰ After all, he has been offending the Sheriff of Nottingham for years. In addition he also said some not so nice things about Prince John. Ok, bothย  did a lot for this situation. Maybe a mediator could help? ๐Ÿ™‚

Robin is annoyed by the wanted poster. He wants to change it “a little bit”. However, he cannot do this immediately and in public (a method with a CHANGING parameter to “correct” the wanted poster is not possible). Too many witnesses. He has to do it secretly. Fortunately, he’s skilled in such things …

Dear readers, I hope you were entertained well by this little story. How did this blog come about? This week I used the “dirty assign” for the first time in years to solve a problem in message control. I almost forgot that this technique exists. My blog is just a reminder.

This blog describes how it works. The technique can be used to access and change certain global data that is already in memory. Although you actually wouldnโ€™t have access to them. The name “dirty assign” therefore fits well. As far as I know, this isn’t an officially supported statement. It works, but that can end at any time. So I avoid it as best as I can. But in some exceptional cases, it can be helpful (e.g. message control and older customer enhancement technology).


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      Author's profile photo Marco Beier
      Marco Beier

      Not long ago I actually had to use the 'dirty assign'. It does come in handy even if that's rarely the case (which probably is good ^^).

      Great blog and a nice way of telling the tale in combination with ABAP! ๐Ÿ™‚




      Author's profile photo Michael Keller
      Michael Keller
      Blog Post Author

      I take fun very seriously ๐Ÿ˜‰ A blog can be entertaining and informative at the same time. At least I keep trying ๐Ÿ™‚

      Author's profile photo Rich Heilman
      Rich Heilman

      Ah yes, I've used this trick back in 4.6c to change a flag in standard code from a user exit.ย  Worked then, good to see it works now. But I can of course not recommend this approach.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚



      Rich Heilman