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Author's profile photo Thomas Jung

SAP CodeJam Events Return!

Just now we are starting to see the return of some in-person events.  For instance, last week the DSAG Technology Days was held as an in-person event and this week we see the return of in-person aspects to the hybrid SAP Sapphire. We aren’t free of Covid, but as conditions continue to improve, we are able to carefully begin our journey back to “normal.” Along those lines, we are happy to announce the return of the SAP CodeJam developer events! And the first instance will be in just a few weeks in the SAP Newtown Square offices with the ABAP topic.

What’s a CodeJam?

First, some of you that are new to the SAP Community might ask, “what’s a CodeJam”?

SAP CodeJam is a developer community focused event, where you can check out specific SAP technology, platforms and tools through simple, end-to-end scenarios. The events are supported by SAP and led by SAP experts who will be onsite to guide you through the exercises, answer your questions, and share relevant insights and tips. SAP CodeJam are hands-on events where you need to bring your own machine and plan to spend between 5-6 hours learning, networking and collaborating.

Virtual and online events have worked the past two years to fill the gaps created by being unable to meet in person. They have tremendous reach, yet don’t allow for the kinds of deep interactions between attendees that you can get from an in-person event. Plus, there is something about a hands-on workshop in-person that works better. The instructor can walk around the room, look over people’s shoulders, troubleshoot problems without disrupting the whole room. There is a type of experience here that many of us are looking forward to getting back to.

What’s New?

We wanted to keep all the things that people loved about the SAP CodeJam events of the past but also take the opportunity to make a few improvements.  Most of those changes will involve the capabilities of the new SAP Community Groups. The SAP hosted and sponsored events have a new home within the SAP Community Groups. This page lists all events in one place.

You can then drill into a particular category, say SAP CodeJam events, and find all planned event instances for that type of event.

An additional benefit of the new Community Events functionality is that you can use the Options menu and subscribe to Events overall or at a particular topic level.  Then you will be notified automatically whenever a new event is planned. 

But it’s not just the event listing and details that are new. The registration to attend an event is now all contained within the SAP Community as well. Simply RSVP that you are attending and all the registration details are pulled from your community profile. No need to re-enter any information. You can also use the Add to Calendar feature to directly import into a calendaring application.

But the networking and communication opportunities for an event don’t end there. For the SAP CodeJam events we’ve also created a discussion group for each technical topic we offer.  This first event will be an ABAP CodeJam and there is a corresponding discussion group.

This will allow instructors and attendees to communicate directly with one another before and after the in-person event.  Want to arrange an informal meet up the night before a CodeJam with other attendees? This is the place to organize that. Or maybe you get back home and think of a great follow up question for the instructor who led your CodeJam. This is also the place to ask that question.

First CodeJam

Now for the details of this first CodeJam we are planning.

It is an ABAP CodeJam focusing on the latest capabilities of ABAP.  Particularly SAP Business Technology Platform, ABAP Environment & ABAP RESTful Application Programming Model.

This CodeJam introduces attendees to the SAP Business Technology Platform ABAP Environment, aka Steampunk and the ABAP RESTful Application Programming Model. Learn how to use proven and new technologies, such as Core Data Services (CDS) and behavior definition and implementation languages, to build SAP Fiori apps and OData services with the SAP BTP, ABAP Environment. In this hands-on experience, developers will create their first ABAP applications in the SAP BTP, ABAP Environment, expose and consume services via HTTP, and explore the ABAP RESTful Application Programming Model.

It will take place on Thursday, June 2nd, 2022, at the SAP Newtown Square offices and will be offered as part of the ASUG Philadelphia Chapter Meeting. Because it’s a shared event between the CodeJam and the ASUG chapter meeting, you will want to register for both aspects.

You can register for the ASUG Chapter Meeting here: ASUG Philadelphia Chapter Meeting—Summer 2022 – ASUG

And then you can register for the hands-on CodeJam event within the Meeting using the SAP Community Event link here: SAP CodeJam ABAP Newtown Square – SAP Community Groups

And of course, be sure to join the SAP CodeJam ABAP discussion group to engage with your fellow attendees before and after the event: SAP CodeJam ABAP – SAP Community Groups

Looking to the Future

Covid will continue to be a part of our lives and will force us to return to such events cautiously and perhaps we’ll even have to make last-minute changes or adjustments because of it. For the CodeJams we are starting small.  We are only announcing this one event instance and topic. We have others in the works as well.

We want to offer SAPUI5, CAP and HANA, BTP fundamentals and other topics. We will also choose additional locations.  So, keep a close eye on the new SAP Community Events page (or use that great new subscribe feature) to be notified as we add more dates and topics.

But please don’t expect that we will immediately return to the substantial number of topics or cities that we used to offer as part of SAP CodeJam right away. That’s something to strive to return to, but in the meantime, we want to be mindful of everyone’s health and safety, including instructors that often must travel to host these events.  We will choose event locations for this year that are close to the experts that can provide the content.

In the past you were able to request a CodeJam and then host it at your facility. But with the controlled relaunch SAP will be hosting most of the locations ourselves and we will choose the topics and locations. But you are always welcome to suggest or discuss topics/locations with us via the SAP CodeJam Community Group. We also may have to strictly limit the number of attendees, perhaps even changing that limit at the last minute, based upon local regulations, and changing conditions.

There is going to be a learning curve to operating such events in today’s environment and we will move slowly at first.  We are all anxious to be able to gather, network and learn together again. This is another early step towards returning to doing that face to face and we look forward to seeing you at an SAP CodeJam event in the future!

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      Author's profile photo Morten Wittrock
      Morten Wittrock

      That's so good to hear, Thomas. I've been fortunate enough to host a handful of CodeJams at KMD in Denmark over the years, and it's been so much fun. Really happy to hear they are starting back up!