Maybe you already heard of ABAP in Eclipse (ABAP Development Tools) or even visited the space here on #SCN http://scn.sap.com/community/abap/eclipse, then you're ready to take the first step into a new way of coding.
1 or 2 years ago I noticed there is an idea (or even the actual development) of abap in eclipse but I thought about the problems that come with such an idea, but I hoped SAP would not drop this and get us a new base for developing ABAP coding.
A few days ago I read about the release of the ABAP-Eclipse Plugin and started with the FAQ http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-29113 to get an overview of this tool. At this time I sadly had no installation of netweaver 7.03 SP4 available, which is a requirement to try out AiE.
But yesterday evening the netweaver trial 7.03 was released and available on SCN . So I started the download http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/index?rid=/webcontent/uuid/1024acfb-5b30-2e10-f2bd-ccce5d8692b1 and installed the new netweaver trial on my laptop. The installation was quite as easy as already with the netweaver trial 7.02.
Afterwards I started the download of ABAP in Eclipse on the SAP Marketplace (search under Support Packages and Patches for "ABAP Eclipse") and downloaded the ~23MB ZIP-File and the eclipse platform from here http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/packages/eclipse-classic-372/indigosr2
To put it all together I followed the information of SAP Note 1718399 which comes with an installation manual in .pdf format and helps you to get it all started.
So I could finish my day with an first glimpse at the new dev tool. My tasks for the next days are to explore all it's features and maybe missing things which I know from SE80. But as I think SAP is doing the right thing to provide us a new "workbench" for developing, at least have a look at the navigator after your installation, the view of classes, their methods and attributes and I hope you like it as much as I do. (even the multiple tab thing :-) )
At least there is already a nice quick reference card for abap in eclipse, thanks to the creator(s).
I'm very eager to explore all the features and possibilities of this tool and I hope I could give you a short impression how easy it is to try it yourself.
So stop reading here and move on to the space and get started >> http://scn.sap.com/community/abap/eclipse