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Creating Offline Apps based on WebAS 6.40

Hi everyone,

I am planning to implement an offline application for PDA devices which enables the user to take advantage of the Employee Self Services in SAP HR even when not connected to the intranet.

I am unsure, which SAP components are necsessary for such a task. The application should be based on the Web Application Server 6.40 and should be developed using the Netweaver Developer Studio that came with it.

I downloaded the sneak preview, but where can I find the corresponding MDK? Do I need further components to realize the project?

It would be nice to get some hints on this. Thank You all in advance - Regards

Tim Langer

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    Posted on May 07, 2004 at 06:05 AM

    Hi Tim,

    As far as I know, the sneak Preview is only for the J2EE component of WAS (someone correct me if I'm wrong), but it does not include the ABAP component.

    In order to implement a mobile solution, you will need the Mobile Engine, which has server components that run on both the J2EE and the ABAP side of the WAS; it also includes the client components which represents a framework in which you run your mobile apps. Whether or not SAP has ready-made mobile solutions for ESS, I don't know.

    Without all of the abovementioned components, the MDK is pretty much useless, as it contains only documentation and Eclipse plugins that are supposed to make the development easier.

    Also, besides the NetWeaver developer studio (which I think is only for developing J2EE apps in SAP), SAP is bringing out a Mobile Dev Studio (or something similar), but for the time being, I think people are coding their apps pretty manually; if you know what I mean.

    I hope this information helps. You can probably find all the information you need on SAP Service Marketplace, or if you contact a local SAP office near you.



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      Hi Francois,

      thank you for the hint. Actually I looked at the module but it seemed unsuitable for two reasons: First it is not based on state-of-the-art mobile standards (which are currently JSP frontend and database persistence) since it makes use of AWT frontend and file persistence and secondly does not cover all necsessary functionality while exceeding required functions in other terms.

      The customization of this module seemed to me an effort comparable to a cmpletely new development.

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