An Integrated Approach to Troubleshooting Your ABAP Programs: Using Standard SAP Investigative Tools for Production Problems

  • by Boris Gebhardt, ABAP QM Group, SAP
  • May 15, 2004
No matter how carefully you test programs before deploying them productively, sooner or later bad performance, unexpected behavior, or even runtime errors will crop up. Fortunately, SAP provides standard tools for identifying such problems. Bug hunting with the wrong tool, however, can be costly — using the ABAP Debugger in the wrong situation can turn an analysis that should take minutes into one that consumes days or even weeks. This article explains when and how to use alternatives to the ABAP Debugger for troubleshooting production problems, and shares some undocumented tricks to boost your efficiency and help you leverage these tools to your full advantage.

Boris Gebhardt

Boris Gebhardt studied physics at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. He joined SAP AG in 1998, where he currently works in the ABAP QM group. Boris is responsible for customer support and SAP internal consulting for the ABAP programming language and its surrounding tools. He is also involved in the development of ABAP tools, including the New ABAP Debugger, and was engaged in a development project for the public sector.

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