BAPI Programming Made Easy

  • by Thomas G. Schuessler, Founder, ARAsoft
  • July 15, 2002
As the number of BAPIs increases with every release and new ways of utilizing BAPIs evolve, like web services and the SAP Web Application Server, many readers have asked for an introduction suitable for beginners. This article aims to address that demand, but contains enough information that even readers already familiar with BAPIs should benefit. It introduces the BAPI concept, shows you how to investigate the features of individual BAPIs in the SAP system, and demonstrates BAPI programming using a sample Java program that creates a sales order.

Thomas G. Schuessler

Thomas G. Schuessler is the founder of ARAsoft (, a company offering products, consulting, custom development, and training to a worldwide base of customers. The company specializes in integration between SAP and non-SAP components and applications. ARAsoft offers various products for BAPI-enabled programs on the Windows and Java platforms. These products facilitate the development of desktop and Internet applications that communicate with R/3. Thomas is the author of SAP’s BIT525 “Developing BAPI-enabled Web Applications with Visual Basic” and BIT526 “Developing BAPI-enabled Web Applications with Java” classes, which he teaches in Germany and in English-speaking countries. Thomas is a regularly featured speaker at SAP TechEd and SAPPHIRE conferences. Prior to founding ARAsoft in 1993, he worked with SAP AG and SAP America for seven years.

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