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Develop HANA Projects on free HCP Account possible ?

Oct 16, 2017 at 11:07 AM


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Hi there,

is it possible to create Calculation views and run them on the SAP Web IDE Service of the SAP Cloud Platform ?

Or do i have to use HANA Express ?

Is there any difference on developing native HANA Applications using the free SAP Cloud Platform Account - to having HANA EXPRESS ?

Is it even possible to create HANA Applications using the free Cloud Account ?

There seems no possible way of making this distinction on my own.

Thanks a lot in advance

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Are you asking for XS Classic or XS Advanced HANA applications?


Hi :)

Thanks for your Answer,

i am talking about Both

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Florian Pfeffer
Oct 16, 2017 at 07:20 PM

As you said you are looking for XS Classic options and XS Advanced options (which is the preferred way cause XS classic is set to deprected) the answer is yes for both. But you have to consider that both free trial options on the SAP Cloud Platform are not for productive usage.

XS Classic: You have to setup a HANA MDC instance (check tutorial Setup your trial SAP HANA MDC instance). You can access the instance using the HANA web-based development workbench (a link is provided in the database/schemas area for your MDC instance, after you have created it), which you can use to create a calculation view. You are also able to connect with SAP HANA Studio or Eclipse with installed HANA tools.

XS Advanced: On SCP the XS Advanced Model is available via Cloud Foundry. Therefore you need a SCP Cloud Foundry trial account (check tutorial Getting started with Cloud Foundry). You can connect to the Cloud Foundry trial account via the SAP Web IDE Multi-Cloud Version. You can create a Multi-Target Application project which can be deployed to the XS Advanced Runtime. One issue at time of writing this is, that the SAP Web IDE Multi-Cloud Version does not support all HANA artifacts at the moment. So you are not able to create directly calculation views. One workaround would be to use HANA Express to create your XS Advanced Application (including the calc. views) and deploy it to SCP Cloud Foundry (details on that can be in blog post Develop in SAP HANA Express and Deploy to the SAP Cloud Platform Cloud Foundry).


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Frank Schuler
Oct 16, 2017 at 04:34 PM

Hello Gzim,

Yes, it is absolutely possible to develop SAP HANA Calculation views on the free SAP Cloud Platform, developer edition. See e.g. one of my blogs leveraging this feature:

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The difference between the SAP Cloud Platform, developer edition and the SAP HANA, express edition are that the first is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering, whereas the latter is an on-premise offering, which you could of course deploy leveraging an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider. Also, the SAP HANA, express edition can be used productively, whereas the SAP Cloud Platform, developer edition cannot.

Best regards


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