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what is meaning of client dependent and independent?

SAP script is client specific but smartform is not.

But can Gugu tell me what it means?

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    Posted on Dec 20, 2007 at 01:09 PM

    Hi

    client specific means that you have to copy the script form client to client.

    For example: you have a SAP system with 2 clients 000 and 001

    You have created a Script in 000 you want to use it in client 001. To use it in 001 you have to copy it from 000.

    With smart form it is client independent so you can use it in any client without the need to copy it.

    I hope it helps.

    Greetings,

    Stéphane

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    Posted on Dec 21, 2007 at 03:19 PM

    Hi,

    client independent means it can not depend to any another.000

    client dependent mean it can be depend to another.mean 001 is depend of 000

    if in case of client copy or export or import

    I hope this path also helpfull to you.

    http://help.sap.com/search/search_overview.jsp

    regards,

    reddy

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    Posted on Dec 27, 2007 at 05:46 AM

    HI,

    i think client independent means anybody can see whther it is 800 or 810 but client dependent means only perticular client

    (say 800) can only see thats the difference btween client dep and client indep.i hope u understand well.

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    Posted on Dec 27, 2007 at 10:50 AM

    Dear Bibhu,

    SAPscript technology is based on a mainframe product from the 1980s, while Smart Forms have only been around since (roughly) 2001. With that sort of time gap, there are bound to be significant differences between the two tools. As you have noted correctly, client dependence is a fundamental one. Although SAPscript has had some incremental improvements over time, its forms have always been -- under the hood -- relatively passive objects, with minimal embedded logic. These forms were designed to be driven and controlled by ABAP programs, much in the way ABAP programs read in database tables to produce reports; if you ever download a SAPscript form (e.g., via utility program RSTXSCRP), and look at the portable text file it produces you'll see what I mean. Many text objects (e.g., invoice header texts) are bound directly to documents which are client-dependent, so it makes sense for these text objects to also be client-dependent. From a complexity standpoint, SAPscript forms are close enough to these text objects where I can see how it made sense at the time to make them client-dependent too.

    Conversely, a Smart Form is significantly more robust and complex. For instance, it can contain program nodes and nested tables with patterns. When a Smart Form is compiled, it generates an ABAP function module – and these are always client-independent. This is appropriate, given that this form has more in common with an ABAP program than its predecessor. For instance, when a print program calls a Smart Form, the form itself takes over to produce output, without any further direction from the print program. In fact, the join is so seamless that I often find myself using a Smart Form's Initialization section for logic to handle any data gathering not handled by the print program. I would never even think to attempt this with SAPscript.

    I suspect several factors figured into SAP's decision to make Smart Forms client-independent, including customer feedback. There are significant advantages to client-independence. For instance, a change made in one development client happens immediately across all development clients. Among other things, this means we don't have to waste time figuring which client contains the most recent version -- they all do! In addition, transporting Smart Forms is easier, since we can safely bundle them together in the same transport as their client-independent print programs (no worry about mixing client-dependent and independent objects).

    Reference: http://sapconsultancy.blogspot.com/2007/11/why-are-sapscripts-client-dependent-and.html

    Hope this helps you.

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    Regards,

    Rakesh

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