Advanced Techniques for Enhancing Your SAP Enterprise Portal iViews with Visual Composer — a Purely Model-Driven, Code-Free Development Approach

  • by Karl Kessler, Product Manager, SAP AG
  • November 15, 2005
Visual Composer is a fully Web-based, graphical design environment included with SAP NetWeaver ’04 for developing iViews without the expense of custom code. The first article in this two-part series introduces the key components of the tool and shows you how to build a simple iView. This second article demonstrates some advanced techniques for improving the usability and look and feel of your iViews. It shows you how to add drill-down functionality and charts, how to integrate external Web content using HTML views, and how to leverage portal eventing for improved maintainability. It also explains how to provide default values for BAPI input fields and use operators to filter, sort, and group BAPI result data to save users time.

Karl Kessler

Karl Kessler studied computer science at the Technical University in Munich, Germany. He joined SAP in 1992. In 1994, Karl became a member of the ABAP Workbench product management group, and in 1996, he became product manager for business programming languages and frameworks. In 2003, Karl assumed responsibility for product management of the SAP NetWeaver platform, including SAP Web Application Server, SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio, SAP Enterprise Portal, Web services, J2EE, and ABAP.

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