Currencies and Currency Conversions in BAPI Programming

  • by Thomas G. Schuessler, Founder, ARAsoft
  • September 15, 2001
Almost all BAPI-based applications have to deal with currencies. Proper handling of the currency fields in a BAPI requires an in-depth understanding of how currency amounts are represented in SAP. This article discusses how BAPIs should treat currency amounts, how to handle BAPIs that violate the rules and return "incorrect" amounts, how to use the BAPIs of the Currency object type in your applications, and how to use the BAPIs of the ExchangeRate object type to assist you in converting currency amounts into other currencies. Anybody involved in BAPI programming, be it as a developer of BAPIs in ABAP or of client applications using BAPIs, will benefit from the lessons taught in this article.

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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