100 Things You Should Know About ABAP Workbench

100 Things You Should Know About ABAP Workbench

2012
978-1-59229-427-5
339

Product Details

• Provides 100 little-known, time-saving tips and tricks
• Features step-by-step instructions and guiding screenshots
• Helps you use the ABAP Workbench more effectively

Work smarter with the ABAP Workbench! Are you ready to add to your ABAP Workbench arsenal, or maybe replace some cumbersome techniques you’ve been using? This book equips you with “100 Things” that unlock the secrets of working with the ABAP Workbench! With this book, users of all levels will:

Save time
With the shortcuts and workarounds provided, you’ll learn how to complete your daily ABAP Workbench tasks faster and more elegantly.

Learn quickly
Full of screenshots and instructions, this book will help you pick up new tips and tricks in no time, such as effectively changing the SAP standard and working with different analysis tools.

Develop new skills
You’ll discover new ways of doing your work and find yourself saying, “I wish I’d known how to do this a long time ago!”

Tip #46
You can implement custom debugging tasks by taking control from the ABAP Debugger!

When you have complex cases that the standard tools offered by the ABAP Debugger can’t solve, the Debugger Scripting tool is here to help. This tip teaches you how to use scripting options to implement your custom requirements in the ABAP Debugger. Find out more on page 150!

The Author

Abdulbasıt Gülsen is a senior SAP technology consultant and SAP Mentor who’s worked with SAP for more than 10 years on various platforms and in diverse industries. He’s certified in the ABAP Workbench, SAP NetWeaver Portal development, and SAP NetWeaver Portal administration.

Table of Contents

  • ... Acknowledgments ... 11
  • ... Introduction ... 13
  • PART 1 ... Object Navigator ... 15
  • 1 ... Building Package Hierarchies to Organize Development Objects ... 17
  • 2 ... Using the Reuse Library to Find Reusable Software Objects, Documentation, and Examples ... 21
  • 3 ... Accessing Your Previous Navigation Steps with the Navigation Stack ... 25
  • 4 ... Inserting Statement Patterns in ABAP Programs with Drag and Drop ... 28
  • 5 ... Using Worklists to Group Development Objects ... 31
  • 6 ... Managing Your Frequently Used Objects with a Favorites List ... 33
  • 7 ... Comparing ABAP Programs between Two Systems ... 36
  • 8 ... Modifying and Testing Programs with Inactive Versions of Development Objects ... 39
  • 9 ... Creating Local Objects for Test Purposes ... 43
  • 10 ... Creating and Accessing Documentation for Development Objects ... 45
  • 11 ... Reserving Namespaces with SAP for Third-Party Objects ... 48
  • 12 ... Using the Application Hierarchy Tool to Organize Applications ... 50
  • 13 ... Searching for Objects in Transport Requests with Transport Organizer Tools ... 52
  • 14 ... Searching for Development Objects using the Repository Information System ... 55
  • 15 ... Using OO Transactions to Link Class Methods to Transaction Codes ... 58
  • 16 ... Using Forward Navigation to Create Objects ... 61
  • 17 ... Uploading/Downloading User-Specific Settings to a Different System ... 63
  • 18 ... Using Package Interfaces to Create a Set of Visible Development Objects ... 65
  • PART 2 ... ABAP Editor ... 69
  • 19 ... Comparing ABAP Programs with the Splitscreen Editor ... 70
  • 20 ... Viewing and Modifying Two Parts of the Same Code at Once ... 73
  • 21 ... Using Interactive Code Templates for Frequently Used Code Blocks ... 75
  • 22 ... Using Enhanced Copy and Paste Functionalities ... 79
  • 23 ... Searching in Real Time with Incremental Search ... 81
  • 24 ... Using Improved Navigation Features in the ABAP Editor ... 83
  • 25 ... Creating Custom Statement Patterns ... 86
  • 26 ... Formatting Source Code with Pretty Printer ... 89
  • 27 ... Using Code Hints as Prompts When Writing Code ... 91
  • 28 ... Using Code Completion to Complete Statements ... 94
  • PART 3 ... Function Builder ... 97
  • 29 ... Saving Test Data for Function Modules ... 98
  • 30 ... Running Function Modules Successively with Test Sequences ... 100
  • 31 ... Creating and Using Remote-Enabled Function Modules ... 102
  • 32 ... Using Predefined RFC Destination BACK to Call Function Modules ... 105
  • PART 4 ... Class Builder ... 107
  • 33 ... Maintaining Classes with the Source Code-Based Class Builder ... 108
  • 34 ... Renaming Methods of Classes Consistently with the Refactoring Assistant ... 111
  • 35 ... Using Persistent Classes to Access Database Tables ... 114
  • 36 ... Managing Exceptions with Exception Classes ... 117
  • PART 5 ... ABAP Debugger ... 121
  • 37 ... Using SAP GUI Shortcuts to Debug Popup Windows ... 123
  • 38 ... Debugging Background Jobs ... 126
  • 39 ... Setting Breakpoints for ABAP Commands and Command Groups ... 129
  • 40 ... Using External Breakpoints to Debug External Calls ... 132
  • 41 ... Customizing the ABAP Debugger Desktop Tabs ... 134
  • 42 ... Using the Diff Tool to Compare Complex ABAP Data Structures ... 138
  • 43 ... Viewing and Manipulating Internal Tables Using the Table Tool ... 141
  • 44 ... Saving Test Data for Function Modules in the ABAP Debugger ... 144
  • 45 ... Using Watchpoints to Monitor Variable Changes ... 146
  • 46 ... Using Debugger Scripting to Analyze Complex Debugging Scenarios ... 150
  • 47 ... Debugging Specific Program Areas Using the Software Layer-Aware Debugger ... 154
  • 48 ... Using Conditional Breakpoints to Check Specific Conditions ... 159
  • 49 ... Using Forward Navigation Features in the ABAP Debugger ... 162
  • 50 ... Analyzing Deep Nested Objects in the Main Object ... 165
  • PART 6 ... Analysis Tools ... 169
  • 51 ... Performing Detailed Checks on ABAP Programs with Extended Program Check ... 170
  • 52 ... Checking ABAP Programs for Naming Conventions with the Code Inspector ... 174
  • 53 ... Testing and Improving the Quality of ABAP Programs with Unit Tests ... 178
  • 54 ... Using the ABAP Runtime Analysis to Measure the Performance of an ABAP Program ... 180
  • 55 ... Using Checkpoint Groups to Activate and Deactivate Checkpoints ... 183
  • 56 ... Analyzing the Memory Consumption of ABAP Programs ... 187
  • 57 ... Analyzing Database Accesses in ABAP Programs Using the Performance Trace Tool ... 190
  • 58 ... Finding the Right Event to Trigger a Workflow ... 194
  • 59 ... Using the Work Item Selection Tool to Analyze Workflow Logs ... 197
  • PART 7 ... ABAP Data Dictionary ... 201
  • 60 ... Configuring Display and Maintenance Options for Database Tables ... 203
  • 61 ... Generating Table Maintenance Dialogs for Database Tables or Views ... 205
  • 62 ... Creating and Using Foreign Keys to Define Relationships between Database Tables ... 208
  • 63 ... Using Foreign-Key Relationships to Create Maintenance Views ... 212
  • 64 ... Assigning Value Tables to Domains to Propose Foreign Keys for Database Fields ... 215
  • 65 ... Adjusting Screen Elements with Conversion Routines ... 218
  • 66 ... Creating a Secondary Index to Improve Table Access Performance ... 221
  • 67 ... Extending Table Maintenance Dialogs with Events ... 225
  • 68 ... Creating View Clusters to Group Maintenance Dialogs Together for Better Maintenance ... 228
  • 69 ... Using Delivery Classes to Control the Transport Behavior of the Database Table Data ... 232
  • 70 ... Displaying and Analyzing Table Relationships in a Graphic ... 235
  • 71 ... Logging Data Changes in a Database Table ... 238
  • 72 ... Linking Text Tables to Main Tables to Use Multi-Language Applications ... 241
  • 73 ... Using Buffering Options for Database Tables to Improve System Performance ... 244
  • 74 ... Using Lock Objects to Control Multi-User Access to Table Records ... 248
  • 75 ... Creating Alternative Search Help Paths with Collective Search Helps ... 251
  • 76 ... Using Domains to Define Value Ranges for Database Tables and Structure Components ... 254
  • 77 ... Attaching Search Helps Directly to Data Elements for Global Availability ... 257
  • 78 ... Adding Date Fields to Make Time-Sensitive Table Maintenance Dialogs ... 259
  • 79 ... Using the Database Utility to Transfer Structural Changes to the Database System ... 262
  • 80 ... Defining Ranges Using Range Table Types ... 265
  • 81 ... Using the Data Modeler to Create Data Models According to the SAP SERM Method ... 267
  • PART 8 ... Enhancements ... 271
  • 82 ... Enhancing Standard Objects with Implicit Enhancement Options ... 273
  • 83 ... Creating Composite Enhancement Implementations to Group Enhancement Implementations Hierarchically ... 277
  • 84 ... Using Nested Enhancements in Existing Enhancement Implementations ... 280
  • 85 ... Using Enhancements When Modifying Standard ABAP Programs ... 283
  • 86 ... Activating or Deactivating Enhancements with the Switch Framework ... 285
  • 87 ... Adjusting Enhanced Objects When Upgrading the SAP System ... 288
  • 88 ... Using the Enhancement Category to Restrict Table and Structure Enhancements ... 290
  • 89 ... Creating Multiple-Use Business Add-Ins ... 293
  • 90 ... Using Filters to Select Between Multiple BAdI Implementations ... 296
  • 91 ... Finding BAdIs in SAP Transactions Using the ABAP Debugger ... 299
  • 92 ... Creating Customized Transactions with Transaction Variants ... 302
  • 93 ... Using Parameter Transactions to Create a Transaction for Table Maintenance Dialogs ... 306
  • 94 ... Using SET/GET Parameters to Assign Default Values for Screen Elements ... 308
  • PART 9 ... Web Dynpro ABAP ... 313
  • 95 ... Controlling the Runtime Behavior of Web Dynpro ABAP Applications with Application Parameters ... 314
  • 96 ... Tailoring Web Dynpro ABAP Applications to User Groups with Application and Component Configuration ... 317
  • 97 ... Customizing Logon Screens for Web Dynpro ABAP Applications ... 321
  • 98 ... Enhancing Web Dynpro ABAP Applications in the Enhancement Framework ... 325
  • 99 ... Debugging Web Dynpro-Specific Program Entities ... 328
  • 100 ... Assigning a Transaction Code to a Web Dynpro Application Using a Parameter Transaction ... 330
  • ... The Author ... 333
  • ... Index ... 335