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Where oh where is David? (David Halitsky)

"Where oh where is David? (David Halitsky)"

Believe it or not, I think that was one of the most commonly asked questions around the SDN Clubhouse amongst those of us who frequent Coffee Corner. Seriously....I asked it myself to Marilyn and heard it about 5-6 other times just passing others in conversation....ok, ok....eavesdropping, if you will (haha). Sadly...David was not there. Sooooo inquiring minds want to know....where were you, David ?!?!?! We sure missed ya! You better be there next year!!! =)

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  • Posted on Oct 11, 2007 at 03:11 AM

    Hi Chris S -

    I must confess to being quite taken aback at your solicitude.

    Unfortunately, a combination of budgetary and load factors kept me from journeying westward this year.

    I hope that neither will be in play next year, and that I will have an opportunity to see folks I've already met and meet folks I haven't.

    In the meantime, don't you think it's great when large software companies think they know what's best for you but don't tell you what they're doing on your behalf behind the scenes ?????

    Best regards


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    • Hey man -

      No - I wasn't affronted at all - just surprised.

      Regarding SAP "knowing better and not telling you what they're doing" - I'm glad you intepreted the comment as you did, because it was very interesting to hear of the community outreach efforts that SAP was making at the conference.

      But I actually meant something much more trivial and "Gates-y" - like MS Word deciding what editor options should be "on" by default rather than keeping all of them "off" by default. (Yes - I know they eventually gave in and added a "turn it all off" checkbox.)

      In SAP's case, what I had in mind were two very trivial matters

      1) if you don't give GUI_DOWNLOAD a path that starts with a drive letter, SAP assumes that the specified path is a subpath within an SAP work directory on the work-station

      2) worse yet, if this path ain't there, SAP creates it and doesn't tell you it's doing so.

      This is horrendous, particularyly when you're invoking GUI_DOWNLOAD three steps up from SO_OBEJCT_DOWNLOAD via cl_gui_frontend_servcies-->method and you don't debug deep enough.

      Anyway, thanks again for the travelogue from tech ed!

      Best regards


  • Posted on Oct 11, 2007 at 02:48 PM

    David....again....even for your specific question/opinion/suggestion....there WERE people there who you could have talked to that were directly responsible for making those kind of changes. It was great in that way. That's why I think you would have really liked it. Trust me....they covered everything from high level ideas and strategies down to specific examples such as yours. I had not seen that level of openess in all the many SAP conferences I have been to over the years (given I did not make TechEd last year but went to portal and HR conferences instead, so I can't speak to that).

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    • Well gee - if they were willing to get their hands dirty to that extent - then I'm even sorrier I wasn't there ... I coulda bugged them about "tree with table/table with tree" not allowing recursion nodes in WDA. That one REALLY ticked me off ...

      PS - just to correct a mistatement in my last post, it's not GUI_DOWNLOAD itself that does the path re-interpretation - that's done one step above in cl_gui_frontend_services, before it invokes GUI_DOWNLOAD.

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