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Web Dynpro – Initial Challenges

Wow, I have to admit, I thought after going through a book and doing some exercises, I’d have no problem converting a BSP application to Web Dynpro.  Was I ever wrong!!!  The learning curve is steeper than I expected.  It is very different, and admittedly, I haven’t wrapped my head around all the concepts of how it works.  But, if you know me, you know that I just keep plugging till I figure it out =)

Initially, I set the goal of “simply” creating the initial login page.  Even that has been a challenge.  I haven’t quite figured out how I can layout a page the way I want.  For example, I’ll have a common header and footer for every page.  I found an application that seems to do just that (or close enough for my initial go-around), but digging through it to figure out what’s happening has been challenging.  I’ve been battling a cold as well, so that certainly makes my brain a little more foggy than usual, but I expected it would just fall into place…  well, not there yet, but I’m still hacking away.

Second was to recreate my navigation tree on the left side of the application.  This again is used for every single page, and pretty much drives the entire application.  This again I thought would be simple.  I did it in BSP, how hard could it be?  Well, pretty hard it turns out.  I’m working to understand the “Context” right now, which if I understand it correctly, is like variables, so my next mission is figure out how to populate the Context variables I created.  The funny thing is that once I grasp the Web Dynpro concepts, it should be a piece of cake because I’ll be able to reuse all of the ABAP methods I originally created for the BSP, just move the data to Web Dynpro…  This will be an ongoing post topic for me, so if you happen to be a Web Dynpro guru, and you recognize something, throw me a bone in the comments.  I’d really appreciate it.

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SAP Basis – Generating a System Key from Solution Manager

Hey Everybody, I’m trying my hardest to simply change the instance number on my ERP 6.0 system (I’ll talk more about that in another post), but one of the things I tried was doing a system copy (unfortunately that also is causing me headaches), but it reminded me of another little tip.  How do you get the system key from solution manager.  Obviously, step one is to have solution manager, or access to someone else that does (a solution manager system key doesn’t need to be connected to your system.  You can call up any Basis friend, give them a little info and get a key that will work).

Now, on with the show:

After executing T-code SMSY in Solution Manager system, you need to do the following steps:

Create a system by right clicking on System entry and select Create new system.
Enter the System Name i.e., SID (3 chars)
Product = SAP ECC (select from the list)
Product Version= ECC 5.0 (select from the list)
Save the entries.
Select Menu Item “System—>Other Configuration” and enter the SID which you have created earlier.
Enter the Server Name(hostname)
Finally click on Generate “Installation/Upgrade Key Button ”

The system generates a system Key ,copy that system Key and paste it in the SAPINST screen when it prompts for Sol man Key.

That’s it.  Pretty easy, but still required…

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ABAP – Create an ABAP Custom Header Automatically for all your Programs

I found this cool post that showed me a way to have my own ABAP custom header default into every new program I created.  I thought I’d share it with you all (and add it to my note book :> ).

It’s really pretty easy.  Simply go to table: TSE05 (use SE16N, since no table maintenance has been defined).

If you want to update a program, use the following:

Next up, just make the changes as you’d like.  Feel free to add additional lines, move around what’s there, etc.  Now you don’t even need to paste your header into every program, just set up your boilerplate once, then you only need to populate in the information.  Just like that you have your own ABAP custom header that will populate every time you create a new program.

Happy Hacking,


Variant Configuration – Using a Parameter ID in a Dependency

Another fun tidbit I learned from my friends at Elogic.  Have you ever needed the model to change based on who is running it???  I know it sounds unusual, but I ran into this scenario.  We had a group that was constantly updating the bill of materials, however the business had begun a round of testing.  They needed to have the BOM locked down, but we didn’t want to have the modeler’s doing weird things just to test the new things they created.  For this, we used a Parameter ID in a dependency to handle this issue.

So, we created a copy of the BOM that was consistent.  This would provide the business with a bill of materials that wasn’t constantly adding new materials that would change the MRP results, or costing amounts, or introduce new errors.  Then, in our test environment, we added both BOM’s and used a parameter ID to determine who would see each bill of material.

Now for the new part, using a PFUNCTION, we called an ABAP function that would check for a specified user parameter.

* Read the user setting for this parameter
parameter_id    = l_parid
parameter_value = l_parva
rc              = l_rc.

l_parid is the paremeter ID to look for, and l_parva is the value returned from that parameter.  Using this function, you can define the cstics you want to use.  then you can assign this PFUNCTION exactly like any selection condition.

While I admit, it won’t be common, you never can tell when this could come in handy.  If you need more code around the PFUNCTION, just ask, but it’s pretty easy stuff.

Happy configuring…
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ABAP – Screen Elements Naming Convention

It’s been a while since I put a post out about code, and since I’ve been spending a lot of time creating screens lately, I thought I’d drop a quick tidbit out there for any of you programmers out there.  Lately, I’ve been creating screens to work as a configuration screen for one of our applications.  What this means is that there are lots of screen elements, radial buttons, etc in order to make it look good.  I have a table behind the scenes to hold all the information, but like normal screen design, you don’t make a table that goes 1 to 1 with the screen, it’s too inefficient.

Why do you care about any of this? Well, by following a standard naming convention, you can make life really easy on yourself.  Let me give you an example.  I have a screen with about 100 radial buttons (30 rows, some with 2 options, some with 3, some with 4).  Well, by following a naming convention with a standard prefix, putting the field name in the same spot, and adding the occasional suffix, you can dynamically read the field name and make it work for everything you put on the screen without having to read every line.

In your PBO, you can do something like this:
if screen-input = 0.
WHEN ‘3’.
<FIELD> = ‘X’.
WHEN ‘4’.
<FIELD> = ”.


Now, some of the key things to notice, one is that the loop continues if you can’t input anything.  this is purely to speed things up.  Next, by using the position, you can check for the prefix.  In this example, it’s CH_

Next, it finds the key field name to plug into the configuration table.  Next up, it checks to make sure that the table entry exists in the custom configuration table.  As long as it finds an entry, we use a field symbol to assign the value to the screen field.

The awesome part of this is that as long as you maintain a consistent naming scheme, you can set the values for multiple screens and reuse the code.

anyway, I hope this is useful for you.

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Big Development Projects – Don’t Get Discouraged

I’ve been working on the latest piece of software for JaveLLin Solutions, and recently hit that frustrated/burned out point on it.  This piece is called Proximity, and the basics have already been designed for the transactions.  However, we are doing a major overhaul, adding some additional functionality and adding a configuration screen to give the user flexibility.  Now, I’ve been working on the redesign for the past few weeks.  Yesterday, I thought I had it wrapped up except for minor tweaks.  I handed it off to my partner (he’s done the specifications for this one), and he came back with a rather extensive list of things to add/update.  While is great, we are getting a better product, more robust solution, and just an overall system that should be easy to sell…  so how could this possibly be a problem???

The problem comes in purely from the amount of time I’ve spent, and of course, the disappoint of not being complete with something I thought was finally completed.  So, how do you avoid this letdown?  Let’s start with a few simple things you can do to get refreshed…

1.  Take some time away from this project.  While normally I recommend single tasking everything, sometimes when you’ve been working on the same initiative for weeks, you need to recharge the batteries.  Take me for example.  After I got the news, I almost picked up the keyboard again and angrily started hacking out the updates.  While this could work, my head isn’t in the game.  This would lead to not doing my best work.  So I’m taking the day off and doing some marketing stuff.  In fact, that’s why I’m blogging right now 🙂

2.  Try not to get too invested in your work.  For me, this is nearly impossible, but I’m trying really hard.  After spending weeks doing some great work and fun new enhancements, so suddenly get broadsided with a big new list of things to work on, can hit you personally.  Go back to number point 1…  and then review the changes.  Remember that this isn’t personal, it’s all about making the best product possible.

3.  Review the changes and determine what needs to happen right now, compared to what can wait.  Often things are nice to have, compared to required.  it’s important as a small shop to properly prioritize what needs to happen.  This means looking at what is currently being used by a customer (something you’ve already sold), what has “legitimate” leads for purchase (actual customer interest in the product, have looked at the product so far and decided they will purchase given some additional cleanup/functionality), then what is just something you “believe” customers will want.  Now I am very guilty of doing everything in that third bucket.  While this belief that customers will want it is important to brainstorm new ideas, the important thing is what customers REALLY want.  Of course, this becomes more challenging if you don’t have any actual customers yet.  Regardless, prioritize…  development time is a vital resource, be sure to use it wisely…

4.  Finally, find a way to re-energize yourself about the project.  Get excited about you’ve done, and how these little tweaks will make it even better.  Convince yourself, in any way that it takes, that this is the best use of your time =)

5.  Make the changes, and finish the project =)

I’m certainly open to additional methods you have any.  I’d love to hear from you.


Variant Configuration – Exploding Variant Configuration BOM Completely

Recently, I learned a new trick from my friends at Elogic, and I since I didn’t want to forget it, the easiest way is to share it with all of you 🙂  I had a request from the business to know every components, exploded all the way down to the lowest level, so they knew what materials would need to be created in the new test system.  Initially, I couldn’t think of a good way aside from looking at the planned/production orders.  Then Lawrence showed me this trick for exploding variant configuration BOM completely…

  1. Ensure that your configuration profile does not explode only configurable assemblies.
  2. Go to  transaction CAVC_TEST transaction and click on the CAVC_O_ORDER_BOM_INIT button.  Fill in the sales order and item.  Click Execute.
  3. Click on the highlighted button below, then click the Execute button.
  4. Click on the highlighted button below:
  5. Press Shift-F8 when the List screen (below) appears.
  6. Save the Component list wherever you want.


Well, hope you find this useful.  this is brand new transaction to me, so I’ll have to continue playing with it.

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Variant Configuration Performance Tuning

This lesson is timely because I’m dealing with this issue right now at my current client.  Their model uses class nodes in the bill of material VERY heavily, so we’ve been noticing awful performance in CU50.  SAP does provide some solutions for variant configuration performance, take a look at the following note to get some additional ideas:

Note 917987 – General performance in variant configuration

Now, we have done a few things in an attempt to improve the performance.  First, we were using class type 200 with a reference characteristic.  I learned, for class nodes this is actually a no no, unless you check a box in configuration to redundantly store the characteristic value.  Here’s what SAP’s help says about it:

Class Maintenance

Using Reference Characteristics Only

This constellation cannot access the database directly to read the assignment records. All classified objects are processed sequentially.

In order to change it, you must check that little box up top for redundant storage.  Now the drawback of this approach is twice as many table entries.  For that reason, we chose to move the characteristic to be NOT a reference cstic.  The only issue this causes is that value for material number (in our case) will not be populated automatically.  Not a huge deal.

Now, we changed all of that stuff, and still no change.  this was disappointing.  After some debugging, we (using transaction SE30 for performance tuning) we found that the issue was with table KSSK.  Surprise, Surprise, it holds the class connections.  So we handed it off to basis.  They began by running statistics on all of the tables listed in the above OSS note.  Still no help…  finally, we needed basis to reorganize the tables and indexes for KSSK & INOB.  This may sound like a lot of mumbo jumbo, but if you ask your basis person it will make sense to them =)

Short story is that sometimes you can get performance without changing your model.  Now I don’t regret the changes we did, they will still be beneficial, but don’t forget about the technical aspects.

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Variant Configuration – Delete Class Assignment

After yesterday’s post, I thought I’d throw this one in there too.  In your Development environment you may find that you need to delete class assignment of a class or another material inside of CL24N or CU42.  It could be you need a smaller class, or just accidentally linked a material that shouldn’t have been connected.  Why isn’t the issue.  You got yourself in a pickle, it’s dev, so you’re willing to live with the potential inconsistencies in order to get your model right.  After all, like we discussed yesterday, you absolutely, positively do NOT do this in production.  Then you use ECM or make a new material and replace it like any other engineering type change.  Ok… now that I have that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff =)  You can use SE38 to put the breakpoint here straightway (it’s by far the fastest way).

Program: LCLFMF2D


          if sysubrc is initial.
call function l_check_function
others                    3.
case sysubrc.


Set sy-subrc = 1

Then execute the remainder of the code (F8).  That’s all there is to it 🙂

it’s scary that it could be that easy to delete class assignment, even though SAP transactions won’t let you do it =).

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Variant Configuration – Deleting Class with Assignments

Just recently run into a fun little challenge, and my newest VC mentor pointed me in the right direction.  (Thanks Lawrence =) ).  In the dev system, you will often create models, do some testing, and then realize you did the wrong thing (sometimes a simple change, sometimes an epic failure.  ha ha ha).  If you reach the epic failure and need to perform deleting class that is assigned to some orders or materials, you can override the system.  This the little tidbit can help you get rid of stuff in your model that should no longer be there.

DISCLAIMER.  Do not do this in production.  This is an ugly way to make this happen, so it should only be done in development.  It will likely leave sales order line items/production orders in an inconsistent state.  So please use this technique as a last resort.

Go to transaction CL6M (delete class with assignment).

enter in the data you want to delete, but before pressing execute, go to the transaction box and enter /H then hit enter.  This will drop you into debug.  As an alternative, you can place these breakpoints using SE38.


find the line:

You will need to change the variable: verwkz =to initial.


Find the following code in the listed form:


* Verwendung in Konfiguration
CUCP_CLASS            = KLAH-CLASS”051516
CUCP_DATE             = DATUV     “051516
IF SY-SUBRC GT 0.                                         “051516

You will need to change the variable sy-subrc to 0 or initial

* Grund: tote Positionen
NOT_USED   = 1
OTHERS     = 2.

*… Fehlernachricht ausgeben, falls Klasse verwendet wird.

Finally, change the variable sy-subrc = 1.

now you can execute (F8) the remainder of the program and your class will be deleted.  If you have open sales orders you wish to continue using/testing with, you should go in change mode and visit the configuration.  You may show an inconsistency depending on the class and it’s location in the structure.  Be sure to delete any inconsistencies and validate the cstics and values you still need in the configuration.

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