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1. Introduction to ABAP Programming for SAP, 3rd Edition (2014)

In this thoroughly updated third edition of INTRODUCTION TO ABAP/4 PROGRAMMING FOR SAP, you’ll find real-world examples that will help you master ABAP, the main language used for building solid-state business applications in the SAP runtime environment. This book contains a learn-by-doing tutorial with real-world business examples for programming in today’s most powerful client-server environment. From the basics of tables, displays, loops, and conditional operators to tuning and troubleshooting techniques to web service calls, object orientation, or enhancing system performance, this tutorial is a must for anyone developing in the SAP environment. Whether you’ve already spent thousands on official training or learned SAP on your own, this book offers comprehensive technical knowledge on reports, interfaces, data extracts, and testing. Take control with INTRODUCTION TO ABAP/4 PROGRAMMING FOR SAP, THIRD EDITION.

Author(s): Gareth M. De Bruyn, Robert Lyfareff

2. Learn ABAP in 1 Day: Definitive Guide to Learn SAP ABAP Programming for Beginners (2017)

You do not require much effort to be proficient in SAP ABAP language if you have access to right learning resource. With this book, you can begin with your first SAP ABAP program in minutes. The book makes ABAP program as simple as reading the specification doc, analyze the requirements and start coding. This book will give you a quick tour on basic concepts like an internal table, structures & field symbols, data dictionary, and so on.

Whether you’re writing programs for HR, SD, FI, or one of the many other modules within SAP the guidelines in this book will help across all your SAP modules. To save users efforts, the abstract of SAP ABAP is put together in an understandable format. Images, examples, and code will teach you how to create database tables and lists, work with fields and calculations, and debug your code for errors in no time.

For Beginners this book can be a gateway to learn SAP ABAP. They can use this edition as a personal guide. They can learn various control command and practice them in real ABAP environment. All high level and fundamental topics of SAP ABAP required for development of SAP application are covered.

Table Content

Chapter 1: Introduction

  1. Data Types
  2. Control Statements
  3. Logical Operator

Chapter 2: Data Dictionary

  1. Domains
  2. Data Elements
  3. Tables
  4. Structures
  5. Aggregated Objects of ABAP Dictionary

Chapter 3: Macro,Include,Subroutines,Function Modules & Groups

  1. SAP- ABAP Macro
  2. Include Programs
  3. Subroutines
  4. Function Modules
  5. Function Groups

Chapter 4: Native and Open SQL

  1. Basic Open SQL Commands
  2. Open SQL Return Codes
  3. Open SQL – Performance Rules

Chapter 5: SAP Internal Tables

  1. Types of Internal Tables
  2. Creating Internal Tables
  3. Populating Internal Tables
  4. Reading Internal Tables
  5. Deleting Internal Tables

Chapter 6: ABAP Table Controls

Chapter 7: ABAP Report Programming

  1. Selection Screen
  2. Events in an ABAP Report Program
  3. Formatting the report
  4. Interactive Programming
  5. Logical Databases

Chapter 8: ABAP Dialog Programming

  1. Difference between Report and Dialog Programs
  2. Components of Dialog Program

Chapter 9: Subscreens

Chapter 10: Process on Value & Process on Help

  1. Process on Help-Request (POH) : F1 Help
  2. Process on Value (POV): F4

Chapter 11: ALV – ABAP List Viewer Programming

  1. Simple Report
  2. Block Report
  3. Hierarchical Reports

Chapter 12: All About SAP Scripts

  1. Components of SAP Script
  2. Layout Set
  3. Control Commands
  4. Output Types
  5. Standard Texts and Graphics

Chapter 13: Smart Forms

  1. Smart Forms and SapScripts Comparison
  2. Architecture of SAP Smart Form
  3. Smartforms Guide
  4. Windows in Smart Forms
  5. Smart Forms Programming Flow

Chapter 14: Customer and User Exits

  1. Types of Customer Exits
  2. Examples of Customer Exits
  3. Locating Customer Exits
  4. What is a USER EXIT?

Chapter 15: BADI

Chapter 16: All About ABAP Query

  1. Queries
  2. InfoSets
  3. USER Groups
  4. Translation/QUERY Component

Chapter 17: SAP BDC – Batch Data Communication

  1. Introduction to Batch input
  2. Methods of Batch Input

Author(s): Krishna Rungta

3. ABAP: An Introduction and Beginner’s Guide to SAP ABAP (SAP PRESS) (2015)

Learn to code in ABAP, SAP’s programming language! This book explains ABAP in simple terms, and provides the guidance you need to become fluent in basic ABAP. Once you understand basic ABAP, you’ll write your first application, and then get a preview of more advanced language concepts. Step-by-step instructions, sample code, and hands-on exercises help ensure that you can apply the skills you learn to real-life scenarios. With the help of this book you can take your coding to the next level.

* Learn basic ABAP and write your first program
* Set up and ABAP trial system and master the integrated development environment (IDE)
* Develop an example application using strings and text, dates and times, and more

ABAP for Dummies
Become familiar with the very basics of ABAP, from syntax, string manipulation, and object creation, to code formatting, data types, and application development.

Programming Tools
Discover the tools at your disposal including the ABAP editor in Eclipse, updated programming features in the new release, and more.

Sample Code
Follow along with step-by-step instructions and full sample code, and become familiar with the intricacies of ABAP as you create your very first programs.

* ABAP basics
* Flow control
* Debugging
* Creating tables
* Defining objects
* Data storage in standard memory
* Modularization
* Table syntax
* Lock objects
* Pretty print

Author(s): Brian O’Neill

4. Pro SAP Scripts, Smartforms, and Data Migration: ABAP Programming Simplified (2017)

Master SAP scripts, Smartforms, and data migration with hands-on exercises. The information provided in this book will help you decode the complexities and intricacies of SAP ABAP programming. Pro SAP Scripts, Smartforms, and Data Migration begins by describing the components of a SAP script: forms, styles, and standard texts. It then shows you how an ABAP program can invoke a SAP script form and send data to the form to provide output. 

You will then apply these concepts to hands-on exercises covering real business scenarios. These scenarios include creating a custom form from scratch to output purchase orders. Smartforms will then be introduced as an enhanced tool to output business documents. The book will show you how to apply the concepts of Smartforms to real-world problems. 

The data migration material includes details of the Legacy System Migration Workbench (LSMW). This is intro

duced as a platform from which every data migration task can be performed, minimizing or eliminating programming.

What You Will Learn
  • Create and deploy SAP script forms and related objects
  • Modify a copy of a SAP-supplied SAP script form, configure it, and deploy it according to transaction code ME22N
  • Build Smartforms forms and deploy them
  • Carry out data migration using the batch input and call transaction methods
  • Perform data migration using all four methods available in LSMW
  • Modify a copy of a SAP-supplied Smartforms form, configure it, and deploy it according to transaction code NACE
Who This Book Is For
Readers new to SAP ABAP programming (close to three years of experience or less) are the primary target audience for this book. Intermediate users can also utilize this book as a reference source.

Author(s): Sushil Markandeya

5. Object-Oriented Design with ABAP: A Practical Approach (2017)

Conquer your fear and anxiety learning how the concepts behind object-oriented design apply to the ABAP programming environment.  Through simple examples and metaphors this book demystifies the object-oriented programming model.

Object-Oriented Design with ABAP presents a bridge from the familiar procedural style of ABAP to the unfamiliar object-oriented style, taking you by the hand and leading you through the difficulties associated with learning these concepts, covering not only the nuances of using object-oriented principles in ABAP software design but also revealing the reasons why these concepts have become embraced throughout the software development industry.  More than simply knowing how to use various object-oriented techniques, you’ll also be able to determine whether a technique is applicable to the task the software addresses. This book:

  • Shows how object-oriented principles apply to ABAP program design
  • Provides the basics for creating component design diagrams
  • Teaches how to incorporate design patterns in ABAP programs

What You’ll Learn

  • Write ABAP code using the object-oriented model as comfortably and easily as using the procedural model
  • Create ABAP design diagrams based on the Unified Modeling Language
  • Implement object-oriented design patterns into ABAP programs
  • Reap the benefits of spending less time designing and maintaining ABAP programs
  • Recognize those situations where design patterns can be most helpful
  • Avoid long and exhausting searches for the cause of bugs in ABAP programs 

 Who This Book Is For

Experienced ABAP programmers who remain unfamiliar with the design potential presented by the object-oriented aspect of the language


Author(s): James E. McDonough

6. Practical Guide to SAP ABAP: Part1: Conceptual Design, Development, Debugging (2016)

This book offers a comprehensive practical guide to SAP ABAP for ABAP professionals. Part I of this two-part series lays the groundwork with ABAP basics. Readers will learn fundamental methods and procedures for everyday ABAP use— for example, how to download files from SAP directories to workstations. Dive into the SAP Data Dictionary and how it works. Get detailed information on effective debugging techniques and how to use the SAP Debugger. Clarify when it is best to use standard SAP tables vs. Z-tables. Get expert developer tips and tricks including how to navigate ALV grid lists. Understand the documentation programs available to you and how to use them. Obtain useful reference lists of SAP transactions and SAP database tables. By using practical examples, tips, and screenshots, the author brings readers up to speed on the fundamentals of SAP ABAP.

– How to get the most out of SAP ABAP
– Guide for understanding and using the SAP Data Dictionary
– Beginner and advanced debugging techniques
– Expert ABAP development techniques

Author(s): Thomas Stutenbäumer

7. Introduction to ABAP/4 Programming for SAP : The Complete Guide to Developing in the SAP Environment (1996)

Complete guide to developing in the SAP environment. This all-in-one source gives you the edge on success in today’s most powerful client-server environment. Paper.

Author(s): Gareth Debruyn

8. ABAP 7.4 Certification Guide – The SAP-Endorsed Certification Series (SAP PRESS) (2015)

Getting ready to take your ABAP C_TAW12_740 certification exam? Find everything you need to ace the 7.4 test in this SAP-endorsed resource written by SAP employees! Practice makes perfect, and you’ll have practice aplenty with sample questions and answers on every topic covered on the exam. In addition, you can revisit key terminology and learn exactly what to expect from the test. Soothe your pre-exam jitters and make the grade!

* Achieve success with the only SAP-endorsed certification guide
* Review the key topics covered in each portion of the exam
* Test your knowledge with practice questions and answers

The Structure of the Test
Don’t walk in blind. This book prepares you for what the test looks like, and presents strategies on how to take it. Plus, calm your nerves with sample test questions.

Core Content
Study up on the test information! This book contains only information that is present in the test, so you can focus your attention on the material instead of combing through ABAP resources.

New Topics for ABAP 7.4
Brush up on the newest concepts like ABAP Push Channels, SAP HANA, and updates to internal table definition and use.

* ABAP Workbench
* ABAP Debugger
* Types and data objects
* Internal tables
* SQL statements
* ABAP Dictionary
* Unicode
* Classical and selection screens
* Object-oriented programming
* ALV grid control
* Enhancements and modifications
* Eclipse
* SAP Programming

Author(s): Puneet Asthana, David Haslam

9. Sams Teach Yourself ABAP/4 in 21 Days (1998)

Furnishes all of the essential information that an ABAP programmer needs to get started by providing practical examples and valuable tips from an experienced SAP consultant and ABAP instructor. Original. (Beginner).

Author(s): Ken Greenwood

10. First Steps in ABAP: Your Beginners Guide to SAP ABAP (Volume 2) (2013)

A lot of SAP professionals start their careers as programmers and focus on turning functional specifications into technical specifications and writing code. First Steps in SAP ABAP (Advanced Business Application Programming) is the resource that every beginner needs to have. Familiarize yourself with general programming principles and: – Step-by-Step instructions for beginners – Comprehensive descriptions and code examples – A guide to create your first ABAP application – Tutorials that provide answers to the most commonly asked programming questions Get a head start on SAP ABAP! This book provides you with the tools you need to get started with a job as an SAP ABAP programmer.

Author(s): Dr Boris Rubarth

11. SAP ABAP Advanced cookbook (Quick Answers to Common Problems) (2012)

Featuring over 80 sophisticated recipes, this is a superb tutorial for ABAP developers and consultants. It teaches you advanced SAP programming using the high level language through diagrams, step-by-step instructions, and real-time examples.

  • Full of illustrations, diagrams, and tips with clear step-by-step instructions and real time examples
  • Get to grips with solving complicated problems using Regular Expressions in ABAP
  • Master the creation of common Design Patterns using ABAP Objects
  • Enhance SAP applications through the use of ABAP programming
  • Covers the newest topics of Adobe Interactive Forms

In Detail

ABAP (Advanced Business Application Programming) is SAP’s proprietary 4th Generation Language (4GL). SAP core is written almost entirely in ABAP.

ABAP is a high level programming language used in SAP for development and other customization processes.

“SAP ABAP Advanced Cookbook” covers advanced SAP programming applications with ABAP. It teaches you to enhance SAP applications by developing custom reports and interfaces with ABAP programming.

This cookbook has quick and advanced real world recipes for programming ABAP.

It begins with the applications of ABAP Objects and ALV tips and tricks. It then covers Design Patterns and Dynamic Programming in detail.

You will also learn the usage of quality improvement tools such as transaction SAT, SQL Trace, and the Code Inspector.

Simple transformations and its application in Excel Downloading will also be discussed, as well as the newest topics of Adobe Interactive Forms and the consumption and creation of Web services. The book comes to an end by covering advanced usage of Web Dynpro for ABAP and the latest advancement in Floorplan Manager.

What will you learn from this book

  • Master the advanced features of Web Dynpro programming
  • Experience the latest advancements in FloorPlan Manager design
  • Learn how to use transaction SAT and secondary internal table indexes for performance improvement
  • Explore the world of Simple Transformations and how they solve problems
  • Get step-by-step instructions to create and consume Web Services
  • Optimize program code and find datasource of fields using SQL Trace
  • Get valuable tips and tricks for Smart Forms and Adobe Interactive Forms


This book is written in a simple, easy to understand format with lots of screenshots and step-by-step explanations.

Who this book is written for

If you are an ABAP developer and/or consultant looking forward to building advanced SAP programming applications with ABAP, then this is the best guide for you. Basic knowledge of ABAP programming is required.

Author(s): Zaidi Rehan

12. ABAP Workbench: 100 Things You Should Know About… (2012)

Work smarter with the ABAP Workbench!

Are you ready to add to your ABAP Workbench arsenal, or maybe replace some cumbersome techniques you’ve been using? Here you go: SAP PRESS equips you with 100 Things that unlock the secrets of working with the ABAP Workbench!

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced user, you’ll find a range of carefully selected workarounds that includes information on the most effective ways to perform essential tasks, to more advanced but seldom-used techniques in SAP programming. This is your chance to use the ABAP Workbench more easily and efficiently than ever before!

Tip 46 You can implement custom debugging tasks by taking control from the ABAP Debugger!

When you have complex cases that the standard tools offered by the ABAP Debugger can’t solve, the Debugger Scripting tool is here to help. This tip teaches you how to use scripting options to implement your custom requirements in the ABAP Debugger. Find out more on page 150!

Highlights Include:

  • Object Navigator
  • ABAP Editor
  • Function Builder
  • Class Builder
  • ABAP Debugger
  • ABAP Dictionary
  • Enhancements
  • Analysis tools
  • Web Dynpro ABAP

Author(s): Abdulbasıt Gülşen

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