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How to Get a Free SAP Demo System

DevWorkbench    Tuesday February 14th, 2017   

When trying to learn SAP and ABAP, having access to an actual SAP system to practice in is crucial. Unfortunately, this is quite hard to do. In this post, I’ll point you towards a few ways to acquire a free SAP demo system with the Netweaver stack. Continue reading


Reset ALV Display Buffers in SAP ERP

DevWorkbench    Thursday August 14th, 2014   

Have you ever worked on an ALV list report and wondered why, after you’ve repeatedly tested and modified your program, the ALV field catalog doesn’t seem to influence the actual table anymore? Read on to find out how to fix this. Continue reading


Optimize ALV Column Widths Easily

DevWorkbench    Wednesday August 13th, 2014   

After the long posts of the last few days, today is quick tip day. Read on to find out how to easily have the SAP system optimize the column width in fields of table controls. Continue reading




ABAP Workbench Tricks #2: Dynamic Patterns

DevWorkbench    Wednesday August 6th, 2014   

In yesterday’s post about patterns, I discussed the basic usage of the pattern feature and showed you how to create your own patterns. Today, I’ll take it further and demonstrate how you can add dynamic elements to your patterns, making your development process even more streamlined. Continue reading



How to Set a Default Value for Download File Endings in SAP ERP

DevWorkbench    Tuesday February 25th, 2014   

When exporting files from SAP ERP, for example from an ALV list, we’ve had all this issue: when we pick “Spreadsheet” in the file format popup, the file ending defaults to .txt (or, in older versions of SAP ERP, to .xls), even though that format might not be suitable for the current setup, for example when you’re using MS Office 2010 or an entirely different spreadsheet application. Continue reading



Editing SAP Tables with SE16 and SE16N

DevWorkbench    Wednesday April 17th, 2013   

When working as developers with SAP ERP®, we sometimes need to change a value in a table – maybe just for testing purposes, maybe permanently. But in most cases, it’s not possible or not worth the effort to create a maintenance dialog or write a small program that does the job. There are other possibilities to change data in tables that I’d like to show you in this article. Continue reading