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Expose Calculation view as a service via OData in HANA XSA using Web IDE

In this blog I am going to discuss how we can  expose Calculation view as a service via OData in HANA XSA using Web IDE. Then  either you can consume it in SAPUI5 or other front end interface applications.

Before that we need to understand the architecture of HANA XSA  which is given below –


When HDI service deployed creates HDI Container . We will create tables and on top of it Calculation view which will be exposed as a consumer to Node.js.

Lets go through the steps by step  :

1. Create a MTA Project. Here PLB_PROJECT.

2. Create a HDB database module.

3. Upload a CSV file to the SRC folder of the HDB module (example: db_plb)  creating a .hdbtabledata DB artifacts. you can create a separate folder. the file formats are given below –

A. Table format example inside /src/ EMPLOYEE.hdbtable :

   "EMP_ID" INTEGER                COMMENT 'Employee ID',
   "EMP_NAME" NVARCHAR(256)        COMMENT 'Employee Name',
   "EMAIL_ID" NVARCHAR(256)        COMMENT 'Employee Email id',
   "ADDRESS" NVARCHAR(200)         COMMENT 'Employee Address',


B. CSV file Example :


C. .hdbtabledata file table example –

  "format_version": 1,
  "imports": [{
		"target_table" : "PLB_PPROJECT.DB_PLB::EMPLOYEE",
		"source_data": { 
       				"data_type" : "CSV", 
       				"file_name" : ""PLB_PPROJECT.DB_PLB::EMPLOYEE.CSV", 
       				"has_header" : true,
       				"no_data_import": false,
       				"delete_existing_foreign_data": false,
       				"dialect"   : "HANA",  
       				"type_config" : { 
          					"delimiter" : "," 
		"import_settings" : {
				        "import_columns" : [ 
       					 "include_filter" : [          ]
         			    } ,
    		"column_mappings" : {
        				"EMP_ID" : 1, "EMP_NAME" : 1, "EMAIL_ID" : 1, "ADDRESS" : 1


C. Build the HDB module. Data will be loaded to the table EMPLOYEE.

D. Create a calculation view on the table Employee. Named as CV_EMPLOYEE



4. Create a Node.js module.

5. In MTA.YML file add the DB module db_plb as the Node.js dependency (using key and service you defined in DB module.


6. Create a project.xsodata file project. OData and consume the calculation view CV_EMPLOYEE as service. The example code is given below –



7. Build the MTA project.

8.  Run plbnode as a Node.js Application.

9. Do copy the URL of the node.js service  which will appear below portion of the deployment.

10. Open a Browser and paste the URL from the ODATA file build (or click on the link ). Add you you Jason file at  the URL end –$format=json.

11. To see the metadata execute /xsodata/project.xsodata/employee/$metadata.

Note : No security is implemented .

12. The employee data will be available as JSON data with nodes.


Hope this will help.

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      Author's profile photo Mustafa Bensan
      Mustafa Bensan

      Hi Pallab,

      Please note that SAP Business Applications Studio (BAS) is the successor to Web IDE.  It may benefit readers more if you repurposed this post to show the corresponding process using BAS.