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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. Learn SAP Basis in 1 Day: Definitive Guide to Learn SAP Basis for Beginners (2017)

SAP Basis is a set of useful programs and tools in the SAP landscape. It helps in integration and administration of the Database, Operating system, Communication protocols and business applications (such as HR, PP, SD,etc)

This book is designed for beginners with little or no prior SAP Basis experience.

Here is what you will learn:

Table Of Content

Chapter 1: Introduction

  1. What is Basis?
  2. Install SAP GUI (FrontEnd)
  3. SAP Instance &SID
  4. Sap Architecture

Chapter 2: Client

  1. What is Client ? How to Create a New Client
  2. Client Copy – Local,Remote, Import/Export
  3. How To Delete a Client

Chapter 3: User Authorization

  1. How to Create a User
  2. How to Lock/Unlock a User
  3. How to Limit Logon Attempts
  4. How to set Password Restrictions

Chapter 4: Background Jobs

  1. Background Job Processing
  2. How to Monitor a Background Job
  3. How to Delete a Background Job

Chapter 5: Transport Management System

  1. Introduction
  2. How to configure TMS
  3. How to configure Transport Routes and Layers
  4. What is Transport Request? How to Import/Export it & check logs?

Chapter 6: Patch Administration

  1. Support Package & Stack Updates
  2. SAP Kernel Updates
  3. SAP System Monitoring & Performance Checks
  4. How to trace if an OSS Note is deployed in your landscape

Chapter 7: RFC

  1. Introduction to RFC (Remote Function Call)
  2. How to Configure and Test RFC

Chapter 8: Data Migration

  1. IDOC:Definition, Architecture, Implementation
  2. What is SAP LSMW?

Author(s): Krishna Rungta

4. SAP ERP Financial Accounting and Controlling: Configuration and Use Management (2015)

SAP ERP modules are notoriously hard to configure and use effectively without a lot of practice and experience. But as SAP ERP Financial Accounting and Controlling: Configuration and Use Management shows, it doesn’t have to be so difficult. The book takes a systematic approach that leads SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling (FICO) users step by step through configuring and using all the program’s facets. This approach makes configuration complexities manageable. The book’s author—SAP expert, trainer, and accountant Andrew Okungbowa—ensures that both you and your end users are up and running quickly and confidently with FICO. He also provides sound and tested procedures that ensure your implementation works without error.

SAP ERP Financial Accounting and Controlling: Configuration and Use Management is in fact the most comprehensive and easy-to-follow SAP FICO configuration book in the market. It incorporates a hands-on approach, with hundreds of screen shots and practical examples, that allows a person without prior configuration training to make SAP FICO ready for use in the enterprise. You’ll find that you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to grasp the concepts explained and apply them to your work—even when the finances are complicated, such as with the ins and outs of taxes, currency conversions, or special general ledger entries such as down payments or bills of exchange.

Providing an in-depth coverage of both configuration and end user procedures, the book covers most aspects of the SAP FICO certification syllabus—SAP’s view of the module’s key tasks and procedures—including:

  • Configuring and using the general ledger and accounts payable and receivable screens
  • Configuring and completing closing procedures, asset accounting, and financial reporting
  • Configuring global settings and enterprise variables
  • Accounting for both profit and cost centers
  • Creating a house bank
  • Integrating FICO with other SAP modules

Taking a jargon-free tone and providing an abundance of examples, Andrew Okungbowa provides a clear understanding of configuration techniques and the breadth of functionalities encompassed by SAP FICO. And as an accountant, Okungbowa understands the needs of end users as well as of those answering to the CIO.

Author(s): Andrew Okungbowa

5. SAP in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself (5th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself in 24 Hours) (2015)

Thoroughly updated and expanded! Includes new coverage on HANA, the cloud, and using SAP’s applications!


In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, you’ll get up and running with the latest SAP technologies, applications, and solutions. Using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, each lesson strengthens your understanding of SAP from both a business and technical perspective, helping you gain practical mastery from the ground up on topics such as security, governance, validations, release management, SLA, and legal issues.


Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common questions, issues, and tasks.
Quizzes and exercises help you build and test your knowledge.
Notes present interesting pieces of information.
Tips offer advice or teach an easier way to do something.
Cautions advise you about potential problems and help you steer clear of disaster.


Learn how to…

  • Understand SAP terminology, concepts, and solutions
  • Install SAP on premises or in the cloud
  • Master SAP’s revamped user interface
  • Discover how and when to use in-memory HANA databases
  • Integrate SAP Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions such as Ariba, Successfactors, Fieldglass, and hybris
  • Find resources at SAP’s Service Marketplace, Developer Network, and Help Portal
  • Avoid pitfalls in SAP project implementation, migration, and upgrades
  • Discover how SAP fits with mobile devices, social media, big data, and the Internet of Things
  • Start or accelerate your career working with SAP technologies

Author(s): Michael Missbach, George Anderson

6. 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

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. Quick SAP Basic Introduction End User Guide: Learn SAP GUI Navigation, Reports, Tips and Tricks with Basic SAP Skills (SAP Basics) (2017)

Improve SAP GUI Skills   
·       Whythis Book?
Every year thousands of SAP projects implemented around the world.  Millions of dollars are spend on SAPimplementation hoping to get best out of these implementations. In any projecttraining is one of the critical phase, and it can significantly help project tobecome successful. Despite the modern way of training still end users struggleto learn SAP GUI essentials. Getting training on GUI essentials might not bethe highest priority in most of the projects. Technical subjects tend to beboring and filled with filers. The main goal of this book is to deliver simpleand easy learning without any filers. If you want to start learning SAP thenskip the first chapter and start from chapter two. First chapter is oninformation technology foundation.  
Ultimately all of the SAP GUI training, tips and tricks from this bookcomes down to one thing: How to be proficient in SAP GUI navigational skills.How to utilize high performances to work on SAP efficiently.
·       ImproveSAP Navigation Skills
Every few years SAP comes out with new enhancement pack or new GUIupgrades. Regardless of training, newer version comes out with new features, soit is important to keep improving newer versions navigational skills.  SAP navigational skills are very essentialfor new users.   
·       Automatethe SAP Default Entries
Amount of time will be saved if we automate entries for end users. Bareminimum if we consider saving one minute a day, its ads up to six hours in ayear, multiply this by thousands for big companies will benefits huge amount intime and increased productivity. Learn how to setup SAP parameters for user. Frequentlyused parameters are included in this book.   
·       SAPGUI Color Customization

From SAP 7.0 to SAP GUI 7.4 and onward user can change their colors and themes.GUI themes can be customized. Learn step by step guide how to modify SAP GUIcolors for different SAP systems.
·       CustomizeUser Defaults for Date and Numbers
Around the world in many counties uses different date formats. Learn howto customize numbers and date in SAP.
·       LearnSAP ALV Report Tricks
Customizable reports are available in SAP. Learn reports utilitiesincluding: filter, sum, download etc.
·       FindAll Available Standard Reports
How would you like to find all possible reports offered by SAP withsingle transection code. 
·       LearnSAP Errors and Massages
Often users get confused by SAP massages. Learn about SAP massages,explanation and visual Icons. Learn about visual error icons and their meaning.
Whois this book for? Who can use this Book?
·End Users
·Business Analysts
·SAP ABAPER (Programmer).

Author(s): Syed Awais Rizvi

9. 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

10. SAP Plant Maintenance (2013)

“‘Feroz’s practical insights on how to leverage a powerful ERP for actual business outcomes are exemplary. This book is in line with the same philosophy –taming SAP Plant Maintenance to achieve and user needs.’ —Rajiv Gupta, Partner, Management Consulting, KPMG India ‘Even though the book is about SAP Plant Maintenance, some of concepts and best practices that Feroz talks about in his book can easily be carried over and applied to any other ERP product implementation.’ —Deepak Kini, Dynamic Lead, Microsoft Consulting Services, India SAP Plant Maintenance (PM) is a part of the SAP Business Suite, which gives organizations the unique ability to perform their essential business processes with modular software. Salient features of the book: • Covers all PM sub modules • Relevant for all R/3 releases • Shows how to make sound design decisions and avoid common pitfalls • Delivers functionality that meets internal and external business needs The only book its kind, SAP Plant Maintenance is a detailed and intuitive guide to understand and configure PM module. Packed with instructions and examples for all PM modules and associated sub modules, this book would enable any beginner or aspiring student in SAP MM to build flexible solutions and designs for any project.”

Author(s): Mr. Feroz Khan

11. SAP Crystal Reports 2011 For Beginners (No Stress Tech Guide) (2011)

(A new version is available for Crystal Reports 2016. See ISBN 978-1935208358) If you have been looking for a beginners book that has a lot of easy to understand step-by-step instructions and screen shots that show you how to complete and master SAP Crystal Reports 2011 design techniques correctly, this is the book for you. The SAP Crystal Reports 2011 For Beginners book, is a self-paced visual guide to learning Crystal Reports. It is written from the perspective that the reader has not created a report before or has not used Crystal Reports. This book is for the beginner and intermediate user. To help you become familiar with the options and features, this book contains over 675 illustrations that provide a visual tour of the software. If you want to learn more than the basics of Crystal Reports, including using functions, enhancing parameter fields with formulas, creating subreports and more, our book, Crystal Reports Beyond The Basics (ISBN 9781935208181) will take your report design skills to the next level.

Author(s): Dr Indera E Murphy

12. Implementing SAP ERP Sales & Distribution (2008)

Your Hands-On Guide to SAP ERP Sales & Distribution  

Written by senior SAP consultant Glynn Williams, Implementing SAP ERP Sales & Distribution is packed with tested, time-saving tips and advice. Learn how to use SAP ERP Central Component 5.0 and 6.0 to create sales documents and contracts, control material and customer master data, schedule deliveries, and automate billing. You'll also find out how to deliver robust financial and transactional reports, track customer and credit information, and interoperate with other SAP modules.

  • Configure and manage the SAP ERP SD module
  • Track sales, shipping, and payment status using master records
  • Create multi-level sales documents and item proposals
  • Develop contracts and rebate agreements
  • Deliver materials and services requirements to the supply chain
  • Plan deliveries, routes, and packaging using Logistics Execution
  • Perform resource-related, collective, and self billing
  • Generate pricing reports, incompletion logs, and hierarchies
  • Handle credit limits, payment guarantees, and customer blocks
  • Integrate user exits, third-party add-ons, and data sharing
  • Configure pricing procedures and complex pricing condition types

Author(s): Glynn C. Williams