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Interview questions concerning table types

So some chap just asked what the difference is between a transparent table and pool table. So tempted to answer

Transparent table

Pool table

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  • Feb 09 at 07:20 AM

    And here's a pooled table

    And a table cluster

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  • Feb 09 at 07:20 AM

    Ha Ha Ha. So mean. The same happens when someone asks "What is Plant?"

  • Feb 09 at 07:22 AM

    Finally, for HANA afficianados, here are some column store tables.

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  • Feb 09 at 11:34 AM

    Internal table

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  • Feb 09 at 02:14 PM

    New game!!!! Put in a picture that might be something you use in SAP. Then others can guess what you're talking about.

    1.

    2.

    Dang, could only do two images (THIS TIME)

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  • Feb 09 at 03:17 PM

    Dooooo iiiiiiit!

    I so would like to see that in a 'real' answer. Brilliant selection of graphics, by the way.

  • Feb 09 at 03:24 PM

    Image result for waiter

    For Sue's game....
  • Feb 09 at 10:34 PM

    This is what I don't use.

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    • Feb 10 at 01:38 AM
      Eclipse! Yeah, me neither if I can avoid it. ;)
      • Feb 10 at 06:52 AM

        I've got used to it. I have a bit of a flaky network at home sometimes - I have powerline adaptors connecting the various parts of my home to the router. For some reason, when I use a VPN - and I use 3 different ones - everynow and then I lose internet connectivity entirely, and have to reset the adaptor.

        Anyway, when using eclipse, I just get a timeout. When reconnection is made, I can continue where I left off. SAPGui just crashes and throws you out, cruelly leaving your session logged in, but no way to access it.

        Mind you I also have to use it for HANA development, AMDP etc. Resistance is futile... ;-)

        • Feb 12 at 03:40 PM
          SAPGui just crashes and throws you out, cruelly leaving your session logged in, but no way to access it.

          This is one for "things SAP could fix" list that has been bugging me since forever. "You have another session open." Oh yeah? Where is it? How can I get to it? You threw me out and now you're asking stupid questions! Just let me back in for cripes sake.

          • Feb 12 at 05:42 PM

            I though maybe if I set an external breakpoint and had a web dynpro, I could call the web dynpro and it would stop in debugger if my network had glitched enough to kill SAPGui.

            Doesn't work. :-(

    • Feb 10 at 10:27 AM

      It's worth the learning curve. I recently worked on an eclipse-less system and it was really awful having to write out stuff and refactor by hand. Can't stand working in the GUI anymore, I only use it for Web Dynpro these days.

      • Feb 12 at 03:45 PM

        It might as well be true but we don't have it and I just don't see a very compelling reason to push for it TBH. I don't even mind the old editor in its simplicity. But it's just the matter of preference, I wouldn't try to convince anyone otherwise.

        • Feb 13 at 12:22 PM

          I will admit it needs a better understanding of ABAP to use properly, and some people prefer a clickety-click interface to remembering the syntax of a class definition. So it's whatever works for you.

          Refactoring is a VERY compelling reason, so if you rework a lot of old code do give it a try.
          Want to turn a block of code into a new method? Select it -> extract method. It even works out what should be importing/changing parameters and what to declare locally.
          Rename a method or an importing parameter? No problem, it will change your method code and all it's callers (up to 50 of them).

          • Feb 14 at 06:31 PM

            Refactoring, haha, OMG! Unless it can completely rewrite the programs it's not an issue at the moment. The other day was looking at CONCATENATE 'something' lt_table INTO ... and lt_table is a header line! Why does this even compile? Changing methods ROFL... Thanks for the giggles, Mike! :)

  • Feb 10 at 01:13 PM

    Just for Mike Pokraka (since you always have to ask for it in the Q&A)

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  • Feb 11 at 09:40 AM

    Might be a bit tricky this one. What ABAP command is this?

    Deus cui omne cor patet et omnis voluntas loquitur: et quem nullum latet secretum: purifica per infusionem sancti spiritus cogitationes cordis nostri: ut te perfecte diligere et digne laudare mereamur, per dominum nostrum iesum christum filium tuum qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate eiusdem spiritus sancti deus, per omnia secula seculorum. Amen.

    • Feb 12 at 05:44 AM

      Just a (bad?) guess - COLLECT

      While searching for the answer, I figured there is a transaction code called AMEN!

      • Feb 12 at 07:39 AM

        Correct. A collect is a short prayer in Anglican/Catholic/Orthodox (and probably other) churches.

  • Feb 12 at 08:25 PM

    OK, this one might be slightly oblique:

    Hint: It has nothing to do with clocks or time.

    • Feb 12 at 08:35 PM

      Is it a circular reference?

      • Feb 12 at 09:14 PM

        Interesting train of thought, but no it's more concrete (or wood?) than that.

    • Feb 12 at 10:17 PM

      looks like ASAP

      • Feb 13 at 07:21 AM

        Haha, you've make a good point :-)

        No it's more closely related to Susan Keohan's earlier contribution. Or rather a more specific type thereof.

    • Feb 13 at 12:13 PM

      "Time chairing"? :)

    • Feb 13 at 03:32 PM

      Some kind of SAP R/3 allegory? Looks impressive but made of wood and will wear off by 2025? :)

    • Feb 15 at 03:48 PM

      Hi Mike,

      Your picture disappeared but I am still hoping for the answer - my guess would be 'chronological log' but then you'd said it had nothing to do with clocks or time, so I'm stumped (aha ha ha, see what I did there)

      But don't worry about the picture, I'm sure it will come back ;-)

      • Feb 15 at 03:53 PM

        Actually that’s an even better answer :-)

        I had technical log in mind. I thought the hint to your log pic and the “technical” comment would do it, but it was a bit out of the box.

        • Feb 15 at 04:12 PM

          We like 'out of the box' thinking! And I just scored a 'B' on the buzzword bingo sheet!

          Now that I look back, yeah, I should have picked up on your 'technical' comment.

  • Feb 12 at 08:43 PM

    What happens when you log in to their system the first time and find this?

    • Feb 13 at 03:35 PM

      Balls on the glass? Sorry, drawing blanks here...

      • Feb 13 at 05:45 PM

        Hah, I see what you did there!

        Been racking my brains on this one too, but there's no such thing as transparent pool table in SAP.

    • Feb 13 at 05:32 PM

      Someone already 'broke'???

      That's the best pool-playing thing I can come up with.

  • Feb 13 at 05:42 AM

    So, what's this

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    • Feb 13 at 11:59 AM

      The tear of a SAP Basis admin confronted with a legacy system?

    • Feb 13 at 01:46 PM

      When I get a call from a headhunter and they refer to it as THAT, I immediately either (1) hang up (2) have fun messing with them from then on.

      • Feb 13 at 03:31 PM

        "I have an urgent client requirement for ay-bee-ay-pee developer" [click]

        • Feb 13 at 04:33 PM

          Ding ding ding!!!!

          When they ask you if you are familiar with (note image above).....ease into a conversation about your background in forestry and/or the study of ancient insects you found trapped and perfectly preserved for all these many years.

      • Feb 13 at 05:30 PM

        Back when I worked with mainframes, we used CICS. This side of the pond known as Kicks (as in "System Programmers do it for CICS"); t'other side it was always see-eye-see-ess. Does the same relate to SAP? I here Ess-Ay-Pee as often as SAP.

        By the way, SAP is only half the answer. There's more to it.

    • Feb 13 at 05:13 PM

      The answer to your question translated into my language is:

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  • Feb 14 at 07:59 AM

    Another one. Small clue: a component of Netweaver.

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  • Feb 14 at 07:53 PM

    Fairly simple, I think.

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  • Feb 14 at 07:56 PM

    Just need to get this one out of the way.

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    • Feb 14 at 10:23 PM

      There are bagels somewhere in SAP? 8-[ ]

    • Feb 15 at 12:27 PM

      Rolls? :D

    • Feb 15 at 01:26 PM

      Matthew, you GAVE that one to me!

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread_roll

      ABAP/4

      Thank you for making my morning - every one of you!

      • Feb 15 at 04:23 PM
        In Ireland and parts of England, a soft roll is called a bap.

        Wow. Do people just come up with these words at random? "Hey, look at this roll / bun! - No! We're not going to call it that! We are calling it a... uhm... a BAP! Yes, that's what we're calling it and the rest of you just buzz off!"

        I thought that Midwestern "pop" vs "soda" (for non-alcoholic sparkling beverage) was odd enough but England just takes it to the whole other level. :)

        • Feb 15 at 05:03 PM

          And you think that’s weird? Brits don’t stop there. The professional body for cosmetic plastic surgeons in this country is called the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, or BAAPS for short. I’ll leave it to the reader fo figure out the link with baps (hint: slang term). You couldn’t make it up.

          • Feb 16 at 07:17 PM

            Good thing there is no British Organization of Original Billboard Sellers... Okay, I'll see myself out now. :)

        • Feb 15 at 05:44 PM

          Go to Newcastle and tha' can have a stottie cake (pronounced kayeck) lass.

          Why use one word when you have hundreds of regional variations.

        • Feb 15 at 07:03 PM

          pop is easy -- the bubbles , the sound they make when you take the cap off ;)

  • Feb 15 at 01:24 PM

    An easy one for functional folks:

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    • Feb 15 at 03:53 PM

      *Are* there functional folks here?

      <crickets>

      • Feb 15 at 04:17 PM

        In the current discussion there are at least 3 functional consultants (I think) and probably a few more working in techno-functional roles.

        But maybe technical people have heard of this one too because they were asked asked to help with troubleshooting.

    • Feb 15 at 04:24 PM

      Some kind of a track? I'm only "techno-functional" though. :)

      • Feb 15 at 06:04 PM

        The result of it can be used for tracking in the sense of reporting, but it is not a track...

    • Feb 15 at 05:47 PM

      My word, so many unhip people here. Never heard of Agile and "sprints"!?

      (Yes, I know that's not the answer).

      • Feb 15 at 06:20 PM

        You are right, it is not related to Agile, it is not trendy at all, you can encounter it also in very old systems.

  • Feb 15 at 08:29 PM

    ok, just cannot stop laughing. Here I got one which I did not see

    What's that?

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  • Feb 16 at 12:34 AM

    Structure :

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  • Feb 16 at 09:02 AM

    Maybe it can be defined as "meshed internal table" ?

  • Feb 16 at 09:06 AM

    I don't know the answer to this one but it looks like it belongs in this discussion

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      Feb 16 at 10:08 AM

      Cluster Tables?

    • Feb 16 at 07:12 PM

      This looks like an R/3 allegory: some modules fit together well, some have stuff sticking out. And a hole is where Enterprise Services were supposed to come in. :)

    • Feb 19 at 09:20 AM

      Actually I think it’s more of a deep, nested, boxed structure table

  • Feb 16 at 09:24 AM

    Clue: usually not the best choice.

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