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Learning and using new SAP technology - How do you learn about the new stuff? Once you know it, how do you implement it?

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Learning & using new technology

  1. 1. Presented by Michelle Crapoabap4fun@gmail.commcrapo@perrigo.com
  2. 2. Well you’re here
  3. 3. Contents Step by step from learning to using Discussion Benefits Old Dog tricks used in a New world! Closing
  4. 4. Step 1 – Make the time Normal work hours  Lull in projects  During project where can use the new technology  Something that you might use.  Presentations and demos to internal customers Non-work hours  Prior to work  After work  During lunch break
  5. 5. Lull in projects Support work  Timelines  Level of priority Waiting for a response when you are complete with your development  Usually it goes back and forth a couple of times
  6. 6. Project Work Question to ask yourself or know the answer if asked:  Why  Will it change any of the requirements  Extra time needed  What are you using differently Describe benefits Use the new tool without causing project issues or changes (Transparently) Demo it!
  7. 7. Non-work hours Only when it is fun! Learn things that excite you Logistically  Prior to work  After work  Lunch Only when family doesn’t need you for something else.
  8. 8. Groups What could you use at home? How?
  9. 9. Something you might use Read it Read case studies on it Schedule a meeting – add your overview to the invite. What will they learn? Demo it!
  10. 10. Step 2 - Learn SAP Teched – my #1 place Local Events Web  Blogs  Websites SCN E-Learning  http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/elearn Outside resources (people you’ve met, mentors, forums)  Learn how the new technology was used.
  11. 11. SAP Teched Hands-on High level overview of what is coming Lecture on new technology ASUG lectures – these add the tools that most of us can get to now.
  12. 12. Local Events Easy to get to Less expensive (may be no cost to you except travel. SIT) Network. Introduce or get introductions from many of the SAP type people in your local area Examples  SAP Insider Track  ASUG Meetings
  13. 13. SCN E-learning Start the presentation have an open SAP Screen Run the presentation pausing when you need to, create it on your system (if possible)
  14. 14. Web Google, YAHOO, SAPhoo Articles Blogs Question / Answers Free training - See some of them that I’ve found at the end of the presentation  Examples HTML, XML..  Tutorials
  15. 15. On your own system ABAPDOCU SE30 – Tips and Tricks SE38 - DEMO*
  16. 16. Outside Resources Send an e-mail to one of those people on your business cards. (I’m one of many.)  Do they have time to show you something new they may have learned?  Have they used a new technology on a project.  Use social networking Request Mentor Webinars
  17. 17. Step 3 - Implement WebDynpro ABAP objects Enhancement Framework Quality tools inside ABAP MII Web UI Floorplan Manager
  18. 18. Just do it!
  19. 19. And so.. What about my skills? Take an inventory Most of the “new” stuff is based upon ABAP You KNOW ABAP
  20. 20. Old Tricks Loop / exit / Endloop Table for variables Table Maintenance KISS Documentation in programs Performance tuning Stop – does it make sense?
  21. 21. Example Webdynpro for printing labels – combined with SMARTFORMS
  22. 22. Webdynpro
  23. 23. Webdynpro
  24. 24. Dynpo
  25. 25. Webdynpro
  26. 26. Dynpro
  27. 27. Webdynpro
  28. 28. CodeOld New
  29. 29. PBO
  30. 30. Code
  31. 31. Discussion points Project time Justification  Learning  Using
  32. 32. Project Timeline When you estimate, estimate for the new technology During a project get permission to extend timelines based upon new technology.  Demo new technology for the project team.  Present slideshow with information for case studies for business that have already used the technology.  If possible get a phone call set up with one of those companies.
  33. 33. Justification Learning Share the information learned with co-workers Create Demos Be able to present new technology to the team and / or management Once start doing it – get ready to show why it has helped.  User Satisfaction  Quicker ABAP programming with a good repository of reusable code.
  34. 34. Justification Using Customer Satisfaction Reusable code Personal Job Satisfaction Keeping skills current – we support SAP code, we need to understand it. More options for projects Better design / testing leading to less maintenance work in the future.
  35. 35. Benefits! Endless. You decide based upon the technology you choose. Make sure you keep a log of lessons learned, and benefits after your project(s). See justification above.
  36. 36. Closing Coding standards should gradually change to use new coding techniques.  An example no longer used the ALV function module instead use the ALV class / methods Learning / using is a great justification for going to training Learning new things increase you as an asset of the company.
  37. 37. abap4fun@gmail.com
  38. 38. ALV Object *&---------------------------------------------------------------------* *& Report ZMC_NEW_ALV4 *&---------------------------------------------------------------------* *& Create ALV * - Change Attributes of a column *&---------------------------------------------------------------------* REPORT zmc_new_alv4. DATA: i_kna1 TYPE TABLE OF kna1. * Set up class references DATA: g_outtab TYPE REF TO cl_salv_table. DATA: g_functions TYPE REF TO cl_salv_functions. DATA: g_display TYPE REF TO cl_salv_display_settings. DATA: g_columns TYPE REF TO cl_salv_columns_table. "Version 4 DATA: g_column TYPE REF TO cl_salv_column_table. "Version 4 DATA: color TYPE lvc_s_colo. "Version 4 START-OF-SELECTION. PERFORM get_data. PERFORM display_data. END-OF-SELECTION. *&---------------------------------------------------------------------* *& Form get_data *&---------------------------------------------------------------------* * Retrieve the data *----------------------------------------------------------------------* FORM get_data. * Retrieve data SELECT * INTO TABLE i_kna1 FROM kna1. ENDFORM. "get_data
  39. 39. ALV Object Continued *&---------------------------------------------------------------------* *& Form display_Data *&---------------------------------------------------------------------* * Display the data *----------------------------------------------------------------------* FORM display_data. * Set up an instance of the ALV class (Static method) cl_salv_table=>factory( IMPORTING r_salv_table = g_outtab CHANGING t_table = i_kna1 ). * Get the functions that can be used with an ALV. g_functions = g_outtab->get_functions( ). * Set the functions to true. Display all functions. g_functions->set_all( abap_true ). *Set up an istanance for g_display g_display = g_outtab->get_display_settings( ). * Add striped pattern g_display->set_striped_pattern( cl_salv_display_settings=>true ).
  40. 40. ALV Object Continued * Add heading g_display->set_list_header( This is the heading - METHOD SET_LIST_HEADER ). * Set up an instance of g_columns g_columns = g_outtab->get_columns( ). * Retrieve KUNNR column - Part of the KNA1 table * CL_SALV_COLUMNS_TABLE class ?= is variable object g_column ?= g_columns->get_column( KUNNR ). g_column->set_long_text( This is long text ). g_column->set_short_text( This is sh ). * Same as above only retrieve NAME1 (This is a separate instance) g_column ?= g_columns->get_column( NAME1 ). color-col = 3. color-int = 1. color-inv = 0. g_column->set_color( color ). * Run the display method for the G_OUTTAB instance. g_outtab->display( ). ENDFORM. "display_Data
  41. 41. Enhancement Points / Modificationof Code(http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/weblogs?blog=/pub/wlg/11896)
  42. 42. Objects Use them! – use the ALV object Create them similar to function modules Start to evolve to use the interesting techniques Global vs. local – Can make a strong argument on either side