Abap Language

ABAP/4 (http://cbbrowne.com/info/abap4.html) is a fourth generation ProgrammingLanguage developed by SapCorporation (SAP AG). ABAP/4 stands for Advanced Business Application Programming. It is the programming language that SAP AG has used to develop all of the SAP R/3 business modules, applications, and system management functions.

The current incarnation is called AbapObjects.

ABAP... "German COBOL". ABAP is a very cumbersome language and SAP R3 is a cumbersome development environment.

To me it came across as COBOL without all the things that make COBOL disgusting, but still maintaining its cumbersome verbosity. It also takes a while to get used to the idea of doing everything with a command instead of a function. On the other hand, being able to directly call an SQL query without having to use API functions is kinda nice.

Full ACK, see example on AbapObjects.

AbapLanguage QuickQuestions

Q Is AbapLanguage going to play any significant role in NetWeaver?

A Yes. NetWeaver will contain two language stacks: Java (actually, J2EE), and ABAP Objects. The vast majority of the SAP business coding is and will remain for quite some time written in ABAP.

Bet you didn't know this: according the the TIOBE Index (http://www.tiobe.com/), ABAP is the 17th most referenced language on the internet! Lots of SAP installations means lots of miserable ABAP programmers, desperately looking for help.
See also CobolLanguage

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