BAPI Return Messages Made Easy

  • by Thomas G. Schuessler, Founder, ARAsoft
  • May 15, 2002
As a developer, you know that proper error handling is one of the keys to a stable application with low maintenance cost. If you develop BAPI-enabled components and applications this means that you need to know how to deal with BAPI Return messages. This article describes in detail how BAPIs inform you about success and failure by using a standardized Return parameter, discusses the intricacies of interpreting the data in this parameter correctly in order to avoid pitfalls, and introduces a Java class that makes dealing with BAPI messages much easier.

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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