Dear ABAP friends,
did you ever come to a point where you wanted to know more about how a specific tool works in ABAP Development Tools (ADT) a.k.a. ABAP in Eclipse? Here comes help! Literally!
We’re a team of several User Assistance developers. Our passion and motivation is to provide you detailed information about and guidance in ADT.
Are you ready for more information about our help content in the ADT client? Great, enjoy reading my blog.
To see an example how to use help content when creating a data definition, see here my video:
Eclipse Help Plugins
In the ADT client, you can find our SAP Eclipse help plug-ins. They are part of the ADT client. So, there is no need for any extra installation steps.
You can open the help content from the …
Choose Help > Help Contents:
The help browser will then be opened. The help plug-ins marked with the yellow book icon and starting with SAP provide our ADT help content.
We provide for each context of ABAP development specific help plug-ins. This means, if you want to know, for example, more about how to use the tools (and which are available) for ABAP CDS development, check the “SAP – ABAP CDS Development User Guide”.
In accordance to the relevant development scenario, you will find the following help content in the ADT client:
- SAP (On-Premise) (On-Premise) – ABAP Web Services focuses on using ABAP Connectivity and Integration tool within ABAP Development Tool (ADT) to consume enterprise services.
- SAP (On-Premise) – ABAP Programming Model for SAP Fiori defines the architecture for efficient end-to-end development of intrinsically SAP HANA-optimized Fiori apps in SAP S/4HANA.
- SAP (On-Premise) – BOPF Developer Guide provides technical information about the Business Object Processing Framework (BOPF).
- SAP (On-Premise) – BOPF Development User Guide focuses on working with Business Objects.
- SAP (On-Premise) – Web Dynpro ABAP Development User Guide focuses on working with Web Dynpro ABAP in an Eclipse-based IDE. It contains architecture and basic Web Dynpro topics.
- SAP – ABAP CDS Development User Guide describes the functionality and usage of tools for Core Data Services (CDS) in ABAP development for SAP HANA scenarios.
- SAP – ABAP Development Tools Release Notes provides the aggregated release information from all new features of the latest ADT client version.
- SAP – ABAP Development User Guide describes the functionality and usage of ADT within the ABAP core development scenario.
- SAP – ABAP for SAP HANA Development User Guide describes the functionality and the usage of tools for integration of native SAP HANA objects (in the context of SAP HANA repository content and the SAP HANA Deployment Infrastructure (HDI)) within the ABAP layer.
- SAP – ABAP RESTful Application Programming Model describes how to build applications using the architecture for efficient end-to-end development of intrinsically SAP HANA-optimized OData services (such as Fiori apps).
- SAP – Support Guide for Eclipse-based SAP Development Tools describes the usage of the support information collector.
To find the relevant information, you can navigate through the content or use the integrated search bar. Note that it might take some seconds until the index has been created at the first time. In addition, you can limit your search for the relevant scope (help plug-in).
The structure of the development user guides is in accordance to the Eclipse guides. This means, in accordance to the relevant development scenario, we provide …
- Concepts to understand the conceptual information and basics about the tools and object types
- Tasks to learn how the tools can be used
- Reference to get more details about the UIs and usage
- What’s New to be up to date about the new features
From the ADT UI, you can open our help content from the following locations:
We want to make your daily work easier. Therefore, we provide context help. This means, you open, for example, a creation wizard, and choose the ? icon on the bottom line. You’ll then find the links to the relevant information on the right:
On the right hand side, the links to the relevant content will be displayed.
We also provide context help for many UIs like editors, views, and so on. Just select the UI and click F1. The same view will be opened on the right.
Keyword Documentation for Source-Based ABAP Dictionary Objects
In accordance to the relevant back-end, you can also edit classic ABAP Dictionary objects (for example, structures and database tables) in a source-based editor. To get more details about the specifics of the metadata-based language, you can choose F1 on a keyword. The relevant language help will then be opened.
Good to Know
I want to share with you the following list of links to topics that might be interesting for you:
- To get an overview of the Eclipse basics for beginners
- To check out which types of a development object are native-integrated in Eclipse
- To list the available keyboard shortcuts for ABAP development
- To list the SE80 FAQs for an easier transition from SAP GUI
Note that these links might be relevant in the context of ABAP Platform or ABAP Environment.
In some cases, we differ if the content is relevant in the context of ABAP Platform (-> on premise) or ABAP Environment (-> SAP Cloud Platform). To differ, we use the following SAP icon fonts:
In the ADT client, you will find the merged version which contains all specifics that is relevant for each context. On the SAP Help Portal, you will find the profiled version.
Links to The Latest Help Content
You want to take a look on our latest help? Check out the following links on SAP’s help portal:
- ADT help content in the context of ABAP Environment (SAP Cloud Platform)
- ADT help content in the context of ABAP Platform (on-premise)
To find out more about our new ADT features, just check our following client release notes:
- Aggregated ADT release notes in the context of ABAP Environment (SAP Cloud Platform)
- Aggregated ADT release notes in the context of ABAP Platform (on-premise)
ABAP Keyword Documentation
The ABAP Keyword Documentation (= ABAP language help) is one of the most relevant technical documentation at SAP. It mainly describes the syntax and semantics of the keywords of programming languages provided by SAP on an Application Server ABAP (AS ABAP) for development in the SAP Cloud Platform ABAP Environment and for customer developments in the ABAP Platform Cloud.
This content is provided for the following languages that are supported on the AS ABAP:
- CDS Data Definition Language (DDL)
- CDS Data Control Language (DCL)
- CDS Service Definition Language (SDL)
- CDS Behavior Definition Language (BDL)
- Dictionary DDL (incl. reference documentation explaining the ABAP Dictionary)
- Simple Transformations (ST)
- Dynpro flow logic
Note that for the source-based ABAP Dictionary editors a separate keyword documentation is provided for the Dictionary DDL in the ABAP Development User Guide.
The ABAP Keyword Documentation is provided in the back-end. It can be accessed in the ADT client for the latest on-premise back-ends and in the ABAP environment by default.
You can open it very easily. Just select a keyword in the source code editor and press F1. The language help will then be opened in the ABAP Language Help view.
Note that if you work with an on-premise release which is lower than version 7.55, your SAP administrator needs to configure the relevant ICF services. See more in our Configuration Guide
Links to The Latest Help Content
You want to take a look on our latest ABAP language help? Check out the following links on SAP’s help portal:
- In the context of ABAP Environment (SAP Cloud Platform)
- In the context of ABAP Platform (on-premise)
The latest release information in the context of ABAP Platform can be found here.
See here, how to search within the language help.