Quickly and Easily Map Your ABAP and XML Data Using SAP Simple Transformations

  • by Karsten Bohlmann, Development Architect ABAP Language Team, SAP AG
  • January 15, 2005
XML is at the heart of a number of developments that are likely to become basic technology standards, such as Web services. In turn, the ability to move data between XML documents and your ABAP data structures is becoming a key business requirement. While middleware like the SAP Exchange Infrastructure supports this task for large-scale system integration projects, SAP also provides mapping technology directly to ABAP developers for smaller-scale development tasks. This article introduces Simple Transformations, a special-purpose language included in the 6.40 ABAP kernel that enables high-performance ABAP-XML mappings. It outlines the fundamental concepts of the language, and provides a detailed tour of its key constructs.

Karsten Bohlmann

Karsten Bohlmann is currently a development architect in the ABAP language team. He has been an SAP employee since 1998 and joined kernel development in 2000, where he developed the kernel-integrated XSLT processor and the Simple Transformations language for ABAP-XML mappings. Since 2005, he has been active in the ABAP compiler and virtual machine, spending most of his time on expanding ABAP towards a more modern language.

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