What is an ABAP?
ABAP (Advanced Business Application Programming) is a
high level programming language created by the German
software company SAP. It is currently positioned as the
language for programming SAP's Web Application Server,
part of its NetWeaver platform for building business
applications. Its syntax is somewhat similar to COBOL.
What is an ABAP data dictionary?
ABAP 4 data dictionary describes the logical structures
of the objects used in application development and shows
how they are mapped to the underlying relational
database in tables/views.
What are domains and data element?
Domains:Domain is the central object for describing the
technical characteristics of an attribute of an business
objects. It describes the value range of the field. Data
Element: It is used to describe the semantic definition
of the table fields like description the field. Data
element describes how a field can be displayed to
What is foreign key relationship?
A relationship which can be defined between tables and
must be explicitly defined at field level. Foreign keys
are used to ensure the consistency of data. Data entered
should be checked against existing data to ensure that
there are now contradiction. While defining foreign key
relationship cardinality has to be specified.
Cardinality mentions how many dependent records or how
referenced records are possible.
Describe data classes.
Master data: It is the data which is seldom changed.
Transaction data: It is the data which is often changed.
Organization data: It is a customizing data which is
entered in the system when the system is configured and
is then rarely changed. System data:It is the data which
R/3 system needs for itself.
What are indexes?
Indexes are described as a copy of a database table
reduced to specific fields. This data exists in sorted
form. This sorting form ease fast access to the field of
the tables. In order that other fields are also read, a
pointer to the associated record of the actual table are
included in the index. The indexes are activated along
with the table and are created automatically with it in
Difference between transparent tables and pooled tables.
Transparent tables: Transparent tables in the dictionary
has a one-to-one relation with the table in database.
Its structure corresponds to single database field.
Table in the database has the same name as in the
dictionary. Transparent table holds application data.
Pooled tables. Pooled tables in the dictionary has a
many-to-one relation with the table in database. Table
in the database has the different name as in the
dictionary. Pooled table are stored in table pool at the
What is an ABAP/4 Query?
ABAP/4 Query is a powerful tool to generate simple
reports without any coding. ABAP/4 Query can generate
the following 3 simple reports: Basic List: It is the
simple reports. Statistics: Reports with statistical
functions like Average, Percentages. Ranked Lists: For
analytical reports. - For creating a ABAP/4 Query,
programmer has to create user group and a functional
group. Functional group can be created using with or
without logical database table. Finally, assign user
group to functional group. Finally, create a query on
the functional group generated.
What is BDC programming?
Transferring of large/external/legacy data into SAP
system using Batch Input programming. Batch input is a
automatic procedure referred to as BDC(Batch Data
Communications). The central component of the transfer is
a queue file which receives the data vie a batch input
programs and groups associated data into “sessions”.
What are the functional modules used in sequence in BDC?
These are the 3 functional modules which are used in a
sequence to perform a data transfer successfully using
BDC programming: BDC_OPEN_GROUP - Parameters like Name
of the client, sessions and user name are specified in
this functional modules. BDC_INSERT - It is used to
insert the data for one transaction into a session.
BDC_CLOSE_GROUP - This is used to close the batch input
What are internal tables?
Internal tables are a standard data type object which
exists only during the runtime of the program. They are
used to perform table calculations on subsets of
database tables and for re-organizing the contents of
database tables according to users need.
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