Query SAP NetWeaver BI’s Metadata and Result Sets More Easily with New XML Web Items

  • by Glen Leslie, BI Product Manager, SAP Labs
  • October 1, 2005
Two new XML Web items are available in the SAP BW 3.5 Web Application Designer that ease XML programming. Learn how they affect your query options.
Key Concept
Two XML Web items in SAP BW 3.5 provide programmatic access to query metadata and result sets in an XML output format. This paves the way to making programmatic interaction with and manipulation of Web Application Designer templates easier with XML.

SAP BW 3.5 includes two Web items that are easily overlooked because their names do not immediately make their function evident. While not necessarily directly applicable to the mainstream user of either Web Application Designer (Web AD) or Web templates in general, these Web items provide important features for making analytically based XML programming efforts easier over the Web. These Web items are unique in that they allow programmatic access to the result data returned by SAP BW 3.5.

By providing XML representation of both structural information and the actual data of a particular query or view, these Web items allow quick access to SAP NetWeaver BI data for browser-based application development. You can use JavaScript to access the data delivered by these Web items. This is particularly handy when the application accessing the SAP NetWeaver BI system requires detailed metadata information (in addition to the data itself).

Glen Leslie

Glen Leslie is a product manager for SAP’s Business Intelligence solution. Originally a data warehousing consultant, Glen has been working with SAP BW since the 1.2B release in a variety of environments.

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