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Hello SAPers!

Welcome to the new forum focused on working with SAP from PHP. Before we continue give me a moment to introduce myself. My name is John Coggeshall, a Senior Technical Consultant at Zend Technologies, the company responsible for the Zend Engine powering PHP. I've been involved with PHP for about 8 years now and am the author of a number of books and articles on PHP technologies published worldwide. So I've been doing this for awhile, but I have to say you never really hear much about SAP and PHP working together. That was why I was happy to lend my time to a new PHP/SAP-focused blog and moderate this new SAP/PHP forum. If you're interested in my blog you can find the link to it here:


As your moderator I'll be floating about answering questions and encouraging discussion about any PHP related topic. Of course, feel free to bring SAP into the discussion as well! It's also been rumored that the SDN is an incredibly vibrant and involved community, so I'm really looking forward to getting this section off the ground.

So, with that said, welcome!



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    Posted on May 04, 2005 at 11:06 AM

    Pleasure to have you aboard! I've read a bit of your work already and it's a pleasure to have the chance to communicate with you here.

    As for your blog though I <a href="/people/sap.user72/blog/2004/06/17/php-and-sap-together-at-last you by a few months 😉 but I'm looking forward to reading your next blogs!!

    I took the liberty to post a thread here earlier we have a similiar one in the <a href=";\ New BSP Weblogs forum</a> basically we all just reply to it with a quick link to our weblog relating to the topic and most people set a watch on the topic and get an email right away when a new weblog is there.

    Weblogs related to PHP and SAP

    Marilyn made a comment in the thread 😊 but typically it's only a link to the weblog like I did.


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      I've been playing around with PHP now for about 2 years but I must say that I've not done much other than tweak things already out there, most of which are running on my own">website.

      SAP wise I've only had time to play around a little bit with connecting with PHP as we don't use PHP in the company, much a pity, but what can you do.

      I do have a new weblog in the works though relating to PHP since I saw this forum yesterday 😊

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    Posted on May 04, 2005 at 01:50 PM

    Hi all,

    my background in PHP goes back to mid 2001, when I started to look into WebCMS for my thesis. From then on I helped out in the Postnuke project and later in the Xaraya project.

    As for SAP, I learned some ABAP in lectures during my studies of information systems (Wirtschaftsinformatik).

    Since mid 2002 I work as full time ABAP developer at a company in southern Germany, that is an SAP development partner.

    Basically, working on PHP/SAP isnt something you can do in your free time. The hard part is getting access to an SAP system. I ordered the Netweaver 2004 DVD for Linux, which was free, and installed it on a box with 256MB RAM, cuz I dont have anything better at home. It ran, but you couldnt really work with it.

    And at work, you normally dont get either the time to work on PHP, or the administrators to allow you fiddling with the systems they need to maintain.

    So its a difficult technology combo, imho.

    And since the ABAP/Webdynpros are on the horizon for SAP ERP2005/7, its kinda hard to convince a traditional ABAP company to invest into PHP knowledge and build up new PHP solutions from scratch.

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    Posted on May 05, 2005 at 01:23 PM

    The attention that PHP is receiving lately can only be good news. Now due to the SAPRFC extension(">> ), people are starting to see the power which PHP is providing. It's not the fact that PHP can talk to SAP via this extension, its the other tools that come with PHP from SOAP to PDF generation, this is what makes it so powerful.

    Using these tools can provide high value business systems for a very cost effective price. The Information Technology industry has become complacent in extracting large sums of money from business organisations, and forcing them to adapt around the products which are sold to them.

    PHP gives some of the controls back into the hands of the business managers, and forces the Information Technology industry to reassess what value are they actually offering.

    I'm looking forward to seeing what occurs in the coming months.

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    Posted on May 07, 2005 at 11:52 PM

    My name is Niek de Visscher. I have been working within the SAP/i2 SCM environment for Philips Consumer Electronics (as business analyst), before starting to work as a freelance consultant, with a focus on PHP web applications development and content management systems in PHP.

    As I have a fair deal of knowledge of both SAP and PHP, I am very excited to see that people are working on getting the great power of PHP and SAP together. I strongly hope that the outcomes are put in practice rapidly, because, in my opinion, PHP and its extentions will make it so much easier to develop better and more complex solutions with far less efforts.

    Keep up the good job!


    Niek de Visscher

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    Posted on May 08, 2005 at 10:32 AM


    I work ABAP for almost three years now, but before that I had a short work contact with PHP. I already had the chance to try (a little bit) the new SAPRFC module of PHP, and I liked it, but this is still a superficial impression.

    PHP can only bring simplicity in a world that is known for exactly the opposite (but what human construction comparable in size with SAP's business suite isn't complex?), with all the advantages that come along: simpler development, simpler framework, better compatibility and portability over different OSs and yes! different browsers.

    I an anxious to see the following.


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  • Posted on May 10, 2005 at 02:22 PM

    I have been fiddling with PHP in my spare time for a number of years and have some apps up and running. My Prediction Football scripts have had nearly 9000 downloads (a lot for me).

    I was surprised and pleased to see that there is an SAP extension for PHP, I had been using nusoap to perform webservice integration between PHP and ABAP Web Services in my spare time, now I have something else to look at.



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