The introduction of Adobe® Flash® in SAP (sometimes refered to as Flash Islands) last year marked a new milestone in the cooperation between SAP and Adobe. This new capability of Web Dynpro allows for the true integration of rich internet content based upon the Adobe Flex Platform into the primary SAP UI technologies.
If you are unfamiliar with this new technology, it basically allows the easy embedding of Flex Components using the Flash Player into Web Dynpro Applications – either Web Dynpro ABAP (NetWeaver 7.0 EnhP1) or Web Dynpro Java (NetWeaver CE 7.1 EnhP1). SAP supplies both a Flex runtime and build time library that developers can use to enhance existing or new Flex projects. These libraries take care of the work to communicate data and events back and forth between the Web Dynpro Context and the Flex Component. This communication is all done via the normal HTTP/HTTPS channel of the Web Dynpro applications and requires no knowledge of the inner workings of the communication on the part of the developers. Also, nothing additional needs to be installed on the ABAP or Java application servers.
Over the past few months, both Adobe and SAP have been working hard to offer as many learning opportunities around this new capability as possible. We have a Wiki site with several tutorials, items in the eLearning library and in the SDN library. However today we are happy to announce a new consolidated “home” for much of this content:
Adobe® Flash® in SAP
This new page will consolidate all the learning materials and blogs on this topic from both Adobe and SAP. We will have links to startup guides which help you learn basic techniques in Adobe Flex. You can access a trial version of the Adobe Flex Builder or buy the software directly. Also if you buy Adobe Flex Builder via this special link, you will receive a free SAP Press book.
So if you are interested in this exciting new technology, this will definitely be a page that you will want to check back often with. New content and tutorials will be added frequently, especially over the next few months as we continue the initial rollout of materials on this topic.