Destination and Session Management for the SAP DCOM Connector

  • by Thomas G. Schuessler, Founder, ARAsoft
  • March 15, 2000
The SAP DCOM Connector (SDC) is the standard middleware for Windows applications that require access to SAP functionality. SDC contains an API that offers access to the "destinations" in which R/3 system and user information required for logon is maintained. This article provides an overview of those destinations and the SDC API that enables a client program to access them. It also offers roadmaps for building a component to encapsulate the API and make it easier to work with; for building a visual logon component that presents users with a list of destinations to choose from, and to view and change their default logon information; and for building a destination management application that is suitable for end users. Lastly, you will learn how to retrieve information about a session at runtime.

Thomas G. Schuessler

Thomas G. Schuessler is the founder of ARAsoft (www.arasoft.de), 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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