Introducing the Next Generation of ABAP Debugging — the New ABAP Debugger

  • by Boris Gebhardt, ABAP QM Group, SAP
  • Christoph Stoeck
  • January 15, 2006
SAP provides a wide variety troubleshooting tools that you can use to identify, analyze, and resolve problems that arise in your ABAP programs. The ABAP Debugger in particular has been a well-known, tried-and-true tool for many years. SAP NetWeaver ’04 and 2004s introduce the “New ABAP Debugger,” which includes enhanced versions of all the tools and functionalities of the original debugger (now known as the “Classic ABAP Debugger”), such as the addition of data tooltips to the Source Code display tool, as well as new tools, such as a comparison tool for structures and internal tables, and a state-of-the-art user interface. This article explains the architecture of the New ABAP Debugger and guides you through the new world of ABAP debugging.

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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Christoph Stoeck

Christoph Stöck studied chemistry at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany, and received his doctorate in physical chemistry at the Max Planck Institute of Flow Research, Göttingen. He joined SAP in 1996, where he became a member of the Business Programming Languages Group. As a development architect, Christoph is responsible for the arithmetic and conversion features of the ABAP language, the time service of the SAP application server, the time zone and the time stamp handling in the ABAP language, and many other fields of the ABAP processor. Currently, he is working on ABAP-related tools, especially the New ABAP Debugger.

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