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Suggestions for good books?

Postby zededdison » Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:19 am

Hello,
been a few years since I was around here, how times change.. My company requires me to be a SAP developer now......
Anyway, can anyone recommend good books for learning SAP development from scratch?

I guess I'm after something to try to get up to speed in ABAP as fast as possible and/or a decent reference.
If it covers Smartforms & SAPScript then that'd be useful too.

I'm coming from the world of Oracle where I found the O'Reilly book "Oracle PL/SQL Programming" to be kind of perfect - it could be used like a reference manual but also was readable enough to approach in a cover-to-cover manner.

Sorry if this information sitting somewhere on the site which I missed, I tried to have a look but didn't really spot anything. Also couldn't find the forum search, was it removed?
Thanks in advance
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Re: Suggestions for good books?

Postby Gothmog » Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:36 am

The forum search is on the right of the top banner.

I've found "ABAP Objects: ABAP Programming in SAP NetWeaver", by Horst Keller and Sascha Krüger, to be quite helpful a few years ago.
I'm not sure if in covers smartforms or spacripts, though.
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Re: Suggestions for good books?

Postby zededdison » Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:40 am

Oh yes I see the search.. Gosh I'm blind, sorry!

Would you also recommend that book for non-OO ABAP also?

I don't particularly get on with OO and if I can avoid it I typically will :) I heard that a lot of the custom code in my company is not typically using OO features of the language. But what do I know? :D
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Re: Suggestions for good books?

Postby Gothmog » Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:56 am

This book includes most non-OO ABAP (at least it did in the version I read). As SAP is pushing their OO ABAP, you won't find easily a book that focusses on non-OO ABAP, except if you dig up an old one.
Your company is far from being the only one to still use old school ABAP rather than OO, by the way - but knowing OO will make it easier to follow most of the recent development in SAP standard, even if you don't mainly use it in your custom developments.
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