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web as future (abap vs. java)

hi folks,

does anybody know what about the middle term future of web AS, in detail the ABAP stack.

as i have heard with web AS 640 also WebDynpro runtime+design comes for ABAP, similar to eclips webDynrpo.

i heard in other sessions that from a developing point of view, some new features will be available in java only and sap's direction is to go more the java way, also in the backend business application part.

will these things happen like that or are there any official statements about sap's developing strategy and thei effects to sap's applications like mySAP ERP????

kind regards,


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  • Posted on Nov 13, 2003 at 04:01 PM

    Hi Oliver

    I'm sure you will see new features in future in the Java environment that will not be in the ABAP environment, but I'm sure that 99 out of 100 developers can do without these features.

    In fact I can't see at all why we need the Java stuff in R/3. It can almost make a grown up man cry to think about how much more features we could have with ABAP development if SAP had put all the money they spend on Java into ABAP instead.

    What a waste =o|

    Thomas Madsen Nielsen

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    • Hi Thomas,

      you can do so, that is for sure.

      But may I add another view to this? As a member of SAP product management I regularly talk to SAP customers and the one and single question that appells them about the web front ends is that they could completely replace SAPGui for the majority of their users.

      Why is that? If you are a CTO in a company that has a couple of thousand SAP users, not having to install SAPGui any more for everybody clearly saves you money in the pocket that adds up to a nice sum.

      The vision currently is to transfer the majority of front ends to the browser.



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    Posted on Nov 13, 2003 at 07:51 PM

    Hello Oliver,

    lets begin with a very clear statement: SAP is NOT moving from ABAP to Java but rather adding Java/J2EE as another platform of choice to NetWeaver. Will mySAP ERP be rewritten in Java? There are absolutely no such plans for the forseable future. New functionality for mySAP ERP will however be introduced based on Java/J2EE or ABAP.

    However SAP does not guarantee that all features being available for the Java stack will be at the same time available for the ABAP stack and vice versa. This is also true for Web Dynpro for ABAP. Many features are available in Web Dynpro for Java right now but will make it upon request into WD for ABAP.

    Please stay tuned for an official announcement how and then WD for ABAP will be made available for developers.

    I hope this information is helpful for you.

    Best regards


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