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Review: Next Generation ABAP development

Posted by pcscon on February 11, 2009

Next Generation ABAP Development

Next Generation ABAP Development

Author(s): Rich Heilman and Thomas Jung

Number of pages: 471

The audience of this book is those who already have learned the basics of ABAP OO. This book is a thing between a tutorial and a storybased reference. It is not a normal tutorial as there are no exercises, however all the object are on the CD that comes with the book. The content was built over one case; a fictional project at a university. This university has until now been running SAP R/3 version 4.6C where all custom made programs were made with “old” ABAP (procedural). We follow a guy named Russell who is the developer of this University on his way into the object oriented world of ABAP OO.

First, he starts out by getting familiar with the workbench (SE80). If you have your own trial version of ABAP Netweaver installed on your PC (download it from SDN), you can easily follow him, while this is being explained in the book.

Then he gets into the first real part of his development work; the data dictionary objects. All data needed for this university case is also on the CD. Data persistence layer is one of the subjects where Russell explains how to create persistent object classes for the dictionary tables in detail.

What I found most interesting and useful was the chapter about shared memory objects; handling of the ABAP OO shared memory objects handling. Compared to the “old” way of programming shared memory, the OO way is up to 100 times faster ! This is really valueable knowledge that you get from this book. I have used myself for a SAP web solution.

Russell goes all the way in this book; the book has a heavy chapter about Web Dynpro for ABAP, where you are advised to study the objects while reading about Russells achievement in this area. Very useful. BSP, Portal and ALV for ABAP OO is also very well covered, so all in all I must say that this is a very useful book to those of us who has got the basic ABAP OO knowledge,  but still need to get full picture of ABAP OO.

This book is not a tutorial as I said, but you will get very much valuable information from it without the traditional exercises. Further to that you get all the source code on a plate (CD), so you can make your own experiments afterwards. That makes this book an excellent reference book among others for your daily work with ABAP OO. Very recommendable.

Ratings (1 is the lowest and 5 is the highest):

Value to beginners: 4 (here defined as those with basic training in ABAP OO)

Value  as a tutorial: 2

Value as a reference: 5


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