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Today we released a new version of the ABAP Development Tools for Eclipse. ADT Version 2.41 is now general available on the SAP Tools Updatesite: SAP Development Tools for Eclipse

In this version we mainly focused on bug fixes, smaller round-offs and preparation work for the upcoming Eclipse Mars release.

We added two cool new features to the client version 2.41:

Editing in the Source Comparision Editor

The first feature might be very helpful when working with the same development object in several systems. There are already a few features available for you when working with several ABAP projects connected to different systems. For example you can open a development object very quickly in the other system just by using the context menu in the editor:
Open in Project -> <project-name>

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The editor is opened and displays the object from the chosen system.

Very often you not only want to open the object but you also want to compare the code with each other.

Here we go. Just choose the following context menu item in the editor.
Compare With-><project-name>


The comparision view for the object is opened and explains you what the differences between the two versions. This is the same comparision view that we provide for the local history of objects and the revision history.



So far nothing new.But now to the new stuff:

With ADT 2.41 it is possible to edit both versions in the comparision view !

This is very helpful in case you want to bring some source code from one system to the other. So just start typing in one of the pages and do your job. Lock Handling and transport handling is the same as in the standard editor.

In addition to the standard editing capabilities the view also provides these buttons here that helps you to take over complete code sections from left to right or vice versa.



This feature is not only working for the classic ABAP development source code objects like classes, reports and function modules. It also works for ther new members of the ABAP family like CDS sources and AMDPs. Here for example you see a screenshots of a CDS view which is editable in two systems in parallel:


Outline View for CDS Views


The outline view is a very helpful feature in eclipse in general as it gives you a good overview and summary about a development object. For example for classes it shows you the methods, attributes, local classses and so on. The outline view is now also available for CDS views. Because of the rich feature set within the definition of these new views they can get very complex. Therefore we think that the outline can help the developers to get a quick overview about the defined view. 

Here you see a screenshot of the new outline view for a typical CDS view:


You can very easily see the different sections of the definition like the FROM clause, the SELECT list, GROUP_BY sections and WHERE clauses. The outline view also gives you nice navigation capabilities as the view is linked with the corresponding editor. That means you can position your cursor on an element in the outline view and the corresponding element in the source code editor is marked and vice versa.

The outline view is also available as inline version in the editor called Quick Outline. Just press CTRL-O in the editor tab of the CDS view and you see the outline view as a small popup directly in the editor. In that case you have an additional filter line to restrict the displayed content:


This feature (which is also available for all other source code objects) might help in case you are working in the full screen mode where you don't have the outline view opened.

So that's it for today. Hope you like the new version of ABAP in Eclipse.

Feedback as usual very welcome !

Kind Regards,




This week Ondrej Seman  wrote a small blog post about a useful feature in Eclipse that helps to organize your daily life as a developer : Using Mylyn in Eclipse (usefull tools) . I want to summarize shortly what is possible with mylyn within the ABAP development perspective.


Mylyn is a task management system that is integrated in the Eclipse tooling.

You can open the Task List view via the top level menu of your eclipse installation:





The Task List View is opened and is ready to use. Tasks are grouped in categories (My Development Tasks, My Product Backlog) and can have sub-tasks. You can create local tasks that are only stored on your PC or you can use tasks from a so-called task repository like here in the example from a jira repository.




When you double-click on a task in the list an editor comes up to enter the details of the task:





One very beneficial feature of the task management system is the provisioning of a so-called task context. That means that a task automatically tracks which editors are open in the IDE. To benefit from the context handling you first have to activate a task. Activating a task means that from now on you are actively working on the task and the development objects that will be opened are stored in the context of the task. Activating a task is done via the context menu in the Task List: 




You will see the benefit of the context when you switch between several tasks. Switching a task means that you deactivate one task in the task view and activate another one. What happens now in the IDE is that the editors that are related to task1 are closed and the editors that are releated to the newly activated task are opened.


Mylyn in general provides additonal features that are not available yet for ABAP development like for example the filtering in the project explorer. But we already got feedback from developers that even with the restricted feature set for ABAP the mylyn task management is a very beneficial framework to organize your workspace.


Maybe you give it a try and give us Feedback.


Kind Regards,


Let's start...

After installing Eclipse and downloading AiE I started...

...creating shortdumps (SYSTEM_NO_SHM_MEMORY) in our dev system. Well, let's raise abap/shared_objects_size_MB to 100 MB.

customer systems, I didn't tell basis team to do so yet, since we have
other issues connecting to the systems (SAPROUTER, authorizations...).

First steps

learning new helpful shortcuts in the Feature Explorer I feel at home. I
had some problems achieving some of the goals, but that could have been
a pebcak thing. What I really like is the possibility to rename
variables, sometimes I was missing this feature in SE80 really bad.

I used it I thought that Eclipse would be pretty slow, but I have to
correct myself - working is really fluent, for example browsing in dev
classes seems faster than in SE80. I also like the help which is not
popping up somewhere and has to be found first in the taskbar.

also good that you can work offline and can customize the perspective
to fit your needs - this makes it more powerful than SE80.

What I'm missing is the possibility to customize help, sometimes I can't reach ICM in customer systems.

Let me sum up: I like it, it's a powerful, helpful tool and I will try to use AiE whenever it's possible!

About me

started programming ABAP in 2000 when my education at SAP AG started.
At SAP, I visited several BC courses where I learned ABAP. After my
education, I programmed reports in FI, MM and CO and system helpers as
my main focus was SAP basis. After some years in SAP basis (and
countless modification adjustments), I went to Palmer AG, a consulting
company from Würzburg in the IS-U field. Here I do upgrades including
modification adjustments and some programming in IS-U, ERP and basis.

  • Please introduce yourself and tell us how long you’ve developed with ABAP

Hi! I'm Gabriela, and I've been around developing in ABAP language since 2006.

I'm from Brazil and love to learn new technologies, and the last years were filled with a lot of changes since I've began on this area. So many new things to learn, it's really hard to follow everything. I've participated in many implementations and I'm specialized on HR development, but already did some developments aside HR, for other SAP modules. I'm always trying to reach the top of the technology and be in tune on what's on and what will be.


  • Did you know about Eclipse before you took this ABAP in Eclipse Explorer challenge?

Yes, on college I have already developed in Eclipse using Java and C++ to achieve tasks given by the teachers.


  • Do you think the feature explorer is helpful to onboard new developers?

Sure. When you don't have an idea on where to start, it is a very nice place to start.


  • What is your favorite feature of the beginners tour?

The challenges that make you explore the framework features.

  • Have you explored additional features of Eclipse that you like?

I love the debbugging view of eclipse, which have a great variable viewer and in-memory features which help a lot when searching for code problems. And love to have a framework which I can work with many languages at the same time, with a smart code auto-completion, code check when typing the code, and many other features which Eclipse help when developing software.

  • Mention some ABAP developers in the community that should know ABAP in Eclipse. You can use “@” and then type their name so that they get notified when you mention them.

Flavio Rasseli, who like me, love to be in tune with the new things to come.

Hello all I am very much glad to present my first blog on SDN. I am grateful of you for showing your technical interest in this topic. Also I am very much thankful to ‘Eclipse Feature Explorer' mission.




I started my career as an SAP ABAP developer since March 2014 in Vodafone India Services Private Limited. I am fond of programming from starting of my college. I have worked on Eclipse for java development during my college days. Eclipse is one of the best IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for working. Eclipse provides all the features at one place. After starting my professional career I got the chance to work on SAP ABAP. Working on SAP workbench was very new to me but continuous working on it made me familiar with it.

How I came to know about ABAP in Eclipse:

As I initially started working on ABAP as a developer I came to know about the feature ABAP in Eclipse in the course ABAP development for SAP HANA on OPENSAP. It seemed very fantastic idea that I can develop ABAP programs in Eclipse as I was aware about the functionality of the Eclipse. Then I searched for ABAP in eclipse on SDN and I come to know about this challenge. I started working on it. I have completed all the steps needed for installing the eclipse with the help of blog post Step-by-step Guide to setup ABAP on HANA with Eclipse. For connectivity of back-end I faced some issues, as our system was not on service package 4 or above. In order to solve this I contacted the basis consultant and requested him to perform upgrade on the system.

On boarding of new developer will be easier using feature explorer:

As per my opinion the ABAP in eclipse will help new developers a lot, because most of the people had definitely worked on eclipse during their Academic curriculum. So eclipse will be very familiar IDE for on boarding of new ABAP developers. As they had already worked on eclipse it is very easy for them to get familiar with the concepts. They also have feature explorer using which they can solve their problems. Feature explorer explains in and out of every feature provided for ABAP in eclipse.

Favorite Features from beginners tour:

My favorite features from beginners tour are the code completion (CTRL + SPACE), the quick type hierarchy (CTRL + T), the quick fix (CTRL + 1), ABAP Element Info (F2), ABAP unit test (CTRL+ Shift + F10), re-factoring-function (ALT + SHIFT + M), where used list (CTRL+ Shift + G), Data preview same as SE16 in ABAP workbench. Another great advantageous feature of the Eclipse development is the local version history. After saving of the source code, Eclipse creates a local version. You can compare these versions with the current version. This is independent from the SAP version history. You can also compare the transported code versions, across ABAP projects.

Additional Features of Eclipse that I explored:

  • ADT (ABAP Development Tool) Links:


This is a very cool feature provided by ADT tool. With this you can easily link to any repository object. Using ADT links everything gets easier. If you want to share some code snippet with your colleague to look at, then just select the source code in the editor you want right-click on it select "Share Link for Selection." and paste the link. By sharing link there is no possibility that your colleague will not find the method or code. More information on ADT links is present in this blog. How ADT links change the way you work.

  • Split View:

This is very useful feature using which we can show 2 different codes side by side and also to have the docu opened.


  • ABAP source code search:

The new search console is provided in this ADT tool, using which we can directly search for a code snippet in source code repository and also can navigate to the related development objects.

You can get more information on ABAP Source Code search in this blog ABAP Sourcecode Search.


  • ABAP Doc:

ABAP doc is very interesting feature using which developer can document his/her code. ABAP Doc comments are used to display the ABAP element info in the source code editor, code element information pop-up, and ABAP Element Info view. I use ABAP-Docu quite often to get the syntax right. By placing cursor on keyword and pressing F1, the ABAP-DOCU will be opened in a new tab. As I have mentioned earlier about split view feature, so you can open the ABAP-DOCU in a view on the right and have simultaneously opened the ABAP-syntax in a separate view on the left. This is really a nice feature.

For learning more on ABAP Doc refer this blog post ABAP Doc.

  • Statuses:

Various statuses are assigned to the development objects, so it is very easy to know is the object active, inactive, locked.

Following are the different status of development object is indicated by a decorator:


  • ABAP Profiling:

Using ABAP profiling we can analyse the runtime behaviour of the ABAP program and the memory consumption of the ABAP program. Profiling helps both in problem analysis and in refactoring and optimization of code.

  • ABAP Test Cockpit (ATC):

ABAP Test Cockpit (ATC) is a tool for checking the quality of the ABAP development objects using the static checks. It will help you to check the ABAP programs for many types of problems, including syntax check, potential problems in performance, and errors in ABAP unit testing.

  • Templates:


Code templates help the developer to reduce the time spent on routine editing activities and improve consistency when writing code. They allow for quick generation of commonly used ABAP code, as well as easy customization. ABAP code templates are not just simple code snippets but also they include direct integration with code completion, Using shortcut Shift + Enter you can also create templates for method or function calls. Just type the full method name or use the code completion then press Shift + Enter to add the template.


I would like to share ADT (ABAP Development Tool)/Feature explorer with my colleagues vyshnavi sri  raman singh saun Deepali Mane

If you want to learn more about AIE Explorer Challenge, have a look at mission invitation:

Become an ABAP in Eclipse Feature Explorer and earn the Explorer Badge

This blog is for mission 'Eclipse Feature Explorer'

About me:

I am a SAP Process Integration / Process Orchestration consultant. I work on Java coding more than ABAP coding. FYI, SAP PO is moving towards Java single stack. Nevertheless, I am involved in a lot of ABAP coding when middle-ware (SAP PO) interact with SAP ECC. Like ABAP proxies, IDocs, RFCs.

Experience with Eclipse:

Coming from Java programming background. I have worked on very good Integrated Development Environments. Like Eclipse, NetBeans and IntelliJ. I am using SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio, which is built on Eclipse platform, similar to SAP ABAP Development Tools (ADT).

My opinion about ADT for Eclipse:

Until ADT, I thought ABAP was seriously lagging behind. In providing IDE experience, when compared to other languages, like Java. Now, I can use single tool to edit SAP PO Java code and SAP ECC ABAP code. Less number of things to remember from tool respective. Familiar coding and debugging UI experience. Features I like in ADT are, Ctrl + 1, Ctrl + Space and Shift + Enter (these are in my muscle memory). Pop-up help. ABAP Source code search. Simple joy of Copy, Cut and Paste (Ctrl commands). Intuitive UI. Can connect to multiple systems from single Eclipse instance, means less clutter on task bar. I would certainly recommend ABAP newbies to use Eclipse ADT over SE80.

What I would like to see in future?

Maybe a highly zoomed out code view (like Document Map in NotePad++). More ABAP books teaching how to use Eclipse for coding and maybe in last chapter teach about SE80 (currently, most of the books are other way around).

I would like to invite my colleagues to explorer about ADT. Karanam Trivikram Ram Manohar Reddy Bandaru and SAP PI / PO Consultants.

I would say SAP using Eclipse platform for Java, ABAP, UI5, HANA, Process Orchestration and many more is “The Way To Go!”.

After working with ADT since several months, I finally did the ADT feature explorer tour today. Most of the things I already knew, but e.g. linking the source code to the project explorer was new for me.


I'm working with SAP software since 2001. First in the area of FI/CO as functional consultant, since 2007 as an ABAP developer. During my studies I was already using Eclipse for Java and PHP development. When I started with ABAP and SE80 I really missed features like code completion and the clean up of not used variables (I know Code Inspectors tells you also where you have not variables, but that's not handy at all). Over the years I got used to SE80, but I was quite happy when SE80 got finally code completion, too.

But anyway, I was always waiting for a Eclipse based ABAP development tool.


I like the beginners tour, because, even if you are used to Eclipse, there are some features which might not miss, but which make you more efficient with your development (e.g. the code linking to the project explorer).


The reason why I like Eclipse is, that I do not need to switch the tools for all different technology. During my studies that was PHP, some UML modelling stuff and Java development. With all the new SAP technology it will be the tool of choice for UI5, HANA modelling and ABAP. But with all the plug-ins available you can make it even more powerful. For example, as we use Jira for task- and bug-tracking in my current project, I also use the Jira Eclipse plug in. This offers the possibility to save my whole development context (all the development tasks which I have to change) to the task.


But, to be honest, some tasks I still do with the good old SAP GUI tooling. E.g. debugging: most of the times I use the old "new" ABAP debugger in SAP GUI. One reason for this is, that I do a lot of debugging of update taks at the moment. This feature is missing at the moment. But as I learned from Thomas Fiedler SAP is working on that.


Dhivya Baskaran iyankannu Iyankannu Saravanan Natarajan Dineshkumar kothandaraman, what's about your experience?

Hey There,

     The mission named AiE challenge gave me a chance to write how I discover ABAP in Eclipse, so here I am sharing my Experience.

About me

          I started my career as a software developer in Mainframe Technology. So for some year’s I was in front of Black- Green Screen then I Got a chance to move in SAP and from past 2 + Years I am working on same.

First Step in AiE

          I was totally new in Eclipse when I got my first work to do. I slowly started exploring the things about eclipse, started learning the coding methodology, finding the blogs which tells me how to start a new project dude and things go on and on.


         I saw a post from Thomas Fiedler regarding the ABAP in Eclipse Feature Explorer, I updated tools in my Eclipse installation. I completed the tour and will say that, it will be bit difficult at the beginning but once you will started hands on it you will surely love it. This tool is more efficient and faster.

Feature I liked:

  1. We can open multiple windows simultaneously.
  2. Quick Fix (Ctrl + 1).
  3. ABAP Element Info (F2).
  4. Method Information (Alt + F2)
  5. Format (Ctrl + Shift +F) & Format Active Elements (Ctrl +I).
  6. Inline declaration and table expressions and many more.



For the beginners best way to start is AiE Explorer.

For Shot keys refer  Shortcuts.

Lastly I would like to thank Thomas Fiedler and the team for such brilliant work.

Stay Awesome,

Romit Raina


          My name is Anurag Sinha and I am an ABAP consultant. Recently i have started doing HANA with ABAP. So this is how i get the first essence of AIE .It was really great to see the ABAP integration in eclipse. Though it took me some time to get familiar  with the interface of eclipse now its really exciting took work on eclipse as so many things can be integrated to eclipse .It's a great experience to see ABAP in new look specially the debbuging part.But only thing which i was not able to find was a pretty printer button . Will be grateful if any1 can help me with that. Overall my new experience with AIE is great and looking forward to explore more into it . Thanks for the innovation .

Hi community,

one reason why we picked Eclipse as development tools platform was the huge eclipse community. There are a lot of developers out there building tools for eclipse that we can simply use also for the ABAP development. Things like small helper tools for the source code editor but also tools like UML modeling tools are available mostly for free.

But do you know that this community is nicely integrated in your ABAP development environment?

You find all these additional tools on the eclipse marketplace that you can open via the eclipse menu:


The marketplace opens in an own window:


The marketplace offers search capabilities for you with tool categories and an integrated rating system that might be helpful to find the plugins you are looking for.

Happy searching for new plugins !

Last week Serban Petrescu already proposed some very nice plugins that he uses already in the ABAP editor. You can find them in his Feature Explorer Blog: AiE - Eclipse Feature Explorer

So I had the idea why not use this blog here to share some of the coolest plugins that you find on the eclipse marketplace with the AIE community. 

Kind Regards,



Hi guys,


I thought I would also share my experience with AiE and also try out the feature explorer. I'm fairly new to ABAP development (compared to some of your around here), but I think I grasped most of the concepts and language features available. I am currently working on an life (re)insurance system project, which mostly involves ABAP with classic dynpro as user-interface. Unfortunately, not all systems I have to interact with support eclipse, so I have to sometimes resort to SAP logon (or NWBC).


To be fair, I have used AiE for some time now and I decided to complete this challenge just recently . AiE has great potential and already provides significant improvements over SE80. My favorite features are:

  • F2 and the ability to actually link this with the editor
  • Templates. I just love how many things you can do with them.
  • Ctrl+Shift+A
  • SQL console and data preview
  • Source code refractoring


Also, another strong-point in favor of eclipse is the possibility of using pre-existing plug-ins to enhance your list of (already awesome) features. Some good ones that I have been using lately are:

  • AnyEdit (convert lower <-> upper case, sort stuff - like data declarations -, compare with clipboard)
  • PDE tootls (clipboard history)


Some things are still missing though, but I am sure that, in time, they will be included as well (e.g. more navigation support for F2 popups, full dictionary support, more debugger stuff from the 'old' debugger, etc).


The fact that we can use Eclipse for most of the SAP technologies is also pretty neat. I also sometimes work on the cloud, so I have to develop Java, Hana Native or UI5 apps, and it is very helpful that I only have to switch between perspectives and not IDEs.


Best Regards,


Few words about me

I started to develop ABAP since 2008 within the standard SAP modules (FI, MM, SD, CO etc.). At the moment, I am part of the FS-PM custom development team for an insurance company.

How I started with AiE

I want to be honest and to recognize that I had two tentative to jump from SE80 to AiE. In both cases, I gave up because it was difficult to change my comfort zone, so for example, from an "nice" form-based class builder in SE80 to an source-code based class builder in AiE. Another reason was also the debugger, because I had the false idea that debugging in the old ABAP debugger is easier and faster as in ADT.

After hearing a lot of good opinions from my work colleagues about AiE, I said to myself that I still have to give a chance to AiE and to forget my previous development style, or in other words, to make it "a part of the history"

Like as I said, it was a little bit difficult at the beginning, but now I can say that developing in AiE is 10X more efficient and faster than in SE80, having a lot of features which helps you in the application development. That's why, I try now to convince more and more colleagues to jump to AiE in order to use the fascinating features of AiE.

Favorite Features from AiE

I will enumerate some of my favorite features from AiE:

  1. The magic key combination ALT + U - Delete unused variables (all)
  2. Extract Method - an very useful refactoring feature
  3. Quick Fix (combination key CTRL + 1) - you get appropriate proposal(s) for selected object, i.e. for an new declared method in class declaration part, you can select the method name and trigger the feature Quick Fix in order to automatically create the implementation of the method in the class implementation part.


For the ones which want to know the features of AiE, the AiE feature explorer is the best way to do that.


In the end, thanks Victor Ionescu for the AiE Feature Explorer challenge and last, but not least, thanks Thomas Fiedler for providing us the AiE.


Kind regards,



Hello fellow developers,


Although I have had my first encounter with the AiE IDE almost 2 years ago, it has taken me quite a lot of time to "push" myself to start using Eclipse regularly. However I do not consider myself to be the exception here, but rather part of a majority that has been used to developing ABAP code for multiple years using our beloved workbench, and that is finding it rather hard to let go :-)


This is why I was very excited to hear about an initiative such as the AiE Feature Explorer, which really gives any AiE-newcomer a quick demo of the benefits that you can obtain by using the Eclipse IDE. (Catalin Chiuaru, you should give it a try)

There are multiple features that I find very useful which are presented in the Feature Explorer; generally speaking however I am a firm believer that one can greatly speed up the development by using a source-code based view and by taking advantage of the many keyboard shortcuts made available by Eclipse. ( This is why, even before the Feature Explorer, I had glued a list of the most important keyboard shortcuts to my monitor Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for ABAP in Eclipse )


What I find even more important is the fact that for the first time the development environment has really opened up and if there really is a feature missing from your IDE, nothing stops you from sitting down and implementing it on your own SAP NetWeaver How-To Guide: SDK for the ABAP Development Tools


So to sum it up ... there really isn't any excuse for anyone of us to not start using AiE right away ( except perhaps if one is limited by the AS used in the current project - if I recall correctly AiE is available as of Netweaver 7.31 )


Best regards


Introduction of Myself

I am developing ABAP since 2004 in the FS-PM Standard Development.

Since some years i'm part of the custom development of FS-PM and FS-PM Auto.


In my spare time i programm some tools in Visual Studio (C#).

All the years i looked to the Visual Studio and miss some nice features in the SAP World.

(e.g. Extract to Method)


AIE is a great way to bring the cool features from a cool IDE to ABAP Developers.



Pre-Knowledge in Eclipse.

Because my favorite IDE is Visual Studio, i'm not an expert in Eclipse.

I had some experience many years ago, as i tried to develop a mobile app in Jave ME.

This Experience wos not great, but i think this was an problem of Java ME ;).


My Experience with ABAP in Eclipse makes much more fun.


Onboarding new Developers

My Colleagues told me more and more of AIE, and so i tried it too.

After i installed Eclipse i had many sections. I closed all sections of eclipse which

i didn't need or i didn't know, and experimented a little bit in Eclipse.


In the SCN I read about the "AiE Feature Explorer". Then I realized that the "Feature Explorer" is

One of the sections, which I had closed. :-).

But the feature explorer is a really great tool which helps people to switch from se80 to Eclipse.

I show my collegues the feature explorer. And they like it too.


Without the Feature Explorer, the people search a feature (e.g. Where-Used List) only, when they really need them,

and that’s is very annoying. This is the reason because I’m a fan of the feature explorer.


Favorite Feature

My Favorite Feature is the Quickfix. Nevertheless I think all features are very important to bring the old-school abap developers to eclipse.


Additional Features not Part of the Beginners Tour

Some cool features for the feature explorer could be the "Extract Method" Feature or the Debugging Features of Eclipse.



I wish:

The last days, i experimented with Plug-In Projects for Eclipse.

I want to create an own Plug-In for Debugging.


For Example: The SAP ABAP Debugger have an Register card "Script".

It's a nice feature to fetch some informations from the Debugger (Variables, Internal Tables).

match this informations, and give an optical overview of the matched informations (e.g. in a Tree-View)


I found some Tutorials about Plug-In Projects, but no example to get informations

from the debugger (value of an variable).

Probably i have to ask the scn community the next days.



The Feature Explorer is a great tool to find a good access to AIE.
Thank you very much.



Hi community,

this week we launched a new version of the ABAP development tools for eclipse. You can install the version 2.36 from our common update site SAP Development Tools for Eclipse. With this version we now officially support the SAP GUI version 7.40.

Besides a bunch of bug fixes we also have integrated some nice little Santa Claus presents for you as an ABAP developer:



Reuse of SAP GUI window when running applications

Looks like yet another setting in the long list of preferences of ABAP in Eclipse but it is a nice one. You may know this situation when running an application like a simple report from eclipse. Everytime you press F8 in the report editor a new SAP GUI window comes up to display the result of the report. With the new setting "Reuse SAP GUI window when running applications" you can change the behavior in a way that the already open SAP GUI view is reused:   





This setting is very nice when having the editor and the SAP GUI view in parallel opened in your eclipse environment. Just change your code, activate, press F8 and you will see immediately the result in the SAP GUI view:





Refactoring: Pull up member


This refactoring feature was heavily demanded by our customers. When working in an object oriented way this feature is a must-have. It is now possible to move members of your class to the superclass or to interfaces that are implemented in the class. All the necessary tasks that you have to do manually in order to manage this refactoring are now being done by the editor. And guess what, it is integrated in the good old friend Quick Assist (CTRL-1).

Here you see a typical situation in your daily business. A class with several methods that you want to refactor in order to extract an interface out of the class:





So your task is now: Copy all the method definitions to the interface, rename all method implementations of the class and create aliases for the moved members to not break already existing callers of the methods. With Eclipse these tasks can be done now via the Quick Assist. So just position the cursor on the member that you want to move and press CTRL-1:





Now choose the option 'Pull-Up ....' in the menu to trigger the refactoring. The editor is now doing the necessary steps for you and the class will look like this at the end:


There are several optimizations on-going in our lab in this area like for example moving several members in one step or the extracting of complete interfaces in one step. And also the option to push down members to sub classes will be available with one of the next releases.     


Remark: This feature is available since AS ABAP release 7.40 SP08.



Duplicate ABAP Project


Now another very small but interesting feature. Maybe you had this already. You are working in one ABAP project and develop an application in your development client. But for testing purpose you have to choose another client of the system as the test data is only available there. In ABAP in Eclipse you do this by creating a second ABAP project to the same system with different client setting. That's an easy task but a little bit cumbersome as you have to enter a lot of stuff again in the creation wizard and you loose your favorite packages and others project specific settings. Therefore we now offer the possibility to duplicate an ABAP project via the eclipse project explorer:     




The creation wizard for ABAP projects is coming up and you can adapt settings like client number, username or logon language. System connection data, project settings and favorite packages are copied to the newly created projects.     



DDL Editor: Creation Templates


It was often mentioned at Teched this year that it might be helpful to support developers a bit more when starting with the new syntax for dictionary views. It would be cool when the basic stuff of the view definition is already provided by the editor when creating a new source. With ADT version 2.36 we now offer templates in the DDL creation wizard for data dictionary views. We added a new page in the creation wizard where the developer can define which kind of view needs to be created. You will see the code of the template in the wizard with a small explanation of the template:




The editor generates the code in the source and opens the editor for you:


Hope this feature will help you to learn the new capabilities of the data dictionary views. 




That's it for the news from ADT version 2.36.

Hope you will enjoy these small little features.


Have fun and Kind Regards,



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