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UI5 in SAP WebIDE and Eclipse

Hi All,

Thing is that SAP has also introduced SAPWebIDE.

So a question comes in my mind that what are the basic difference (adv/disadv) to develop UI5 application in SAP WebIDE and Eclipse(Kepler,Luna)?



@Tejas Chouhan

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    Dec 30, 2014 at 05:58 AM


    • Web IDE(earlier RDE) is very time saving. In Web IDE, you have readymade templates for Fiori like apps, with master and detail view. For extending Fiori app, you can directly import the service from gateway and start developing.

    • Whereas in eclipse you have to create manually the whole design.

    In web ide, you just select the parameters from the drop down and you can place it in the desired places in the app page. The properties should exist in the service that's all.

    In a way it is very easy and user friendly to use web ide.

    For starting with eclipse based application, you will have to do many installations like tomcat apache server, UI5 libraries addon, eclipse that too many versions Juno, kepler based on your system 32 bit or 64 bit.

    For web ide, you just need to either connect to HANA cloud platform or can access from a 64bit system. No need to install tools.

    Web ide is a browser based tool.

    For Fiori extension from UI. just import the standard code in Web IDE. In the layout just check the enhancement areas. Click and find the enhancemnt points and it will show you . From the drop down just select, if you want a text field, label, or new row.

    Its just simple and a useful tool.

    Free Public Trial

    You can access SAP Web IDE from the SAP HANA Cloud Platform website - free of charge!  The Getting Started documentation will guide you through your first steps.

    For more details and videos. Visit : SAP Web IDE - Enablement

    Best regards,


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  • Dec 30, 2014 at 06:00 AM

    Hi Darshan,

    Both are IDEs, it's your choice which IDE to use for development.

    Web IDE lets you rapidly design, develop, build and deploy SAPUI5 based apps. It has a growing set of tools covering the end to end process. SAP Web IDE outweigh Eclipse in terms of SAPUI5 app development tools. You can find it's features here:Web IDE features and free trial .

    Recently support for hybrid mobile app development was added in Web IDE: Develop Hybrid App with Camera using SAP Web IDE

    Another difference is that SAP Web IDE is not free.

    Regards, Midhun

    SAP Customer Experience Group - CEG

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    • Hi Darshan,

      I would suggest you to use the cloud version of SAP Web IDE instead of local installation since the updates to local installation will not be quick when compared to cloud version. Ex. the hybrid toolkit is not available for local installation now, so you can't develop hybrid apps using local installation of Web IDE.

      Regards, Midhun

      SAP Customer Experience Group - CEG