Web Dynpro — What It Is, What It Does, Why It Exists, and How to Get the Best Results from It: An Introduction to the Fundamental Principles of Web Dynpro

  • by Chris Whealy, RIG Expert (Web Dynpro), SAP NetWeaver Regional Implementation Group (RIG) EMEA, Walldorf, Germany
  • January 15, 2007
Web Dynpro is SAP’s newest user interface development option for the SAP NetWeaver platform. Available in both an ABAP and a Java edition, Web Dynpro can cut the development time of a complex business application by as much as 50% by using graphical and declarative programming techniques; the only code required is that related to the core business process. This article describes the fundamental principles of Web Dynpro and illustrates them using a code-free example implementation. Regardless of whether you are interested in Web Dynpro for Java or ABAP, this article will help you make a well-informed decision about how you can use it to create low-maintenance, high-performance business applications.

Chris Whealy

Chris Whealy started working with SAP software in 1993 making assembler modifications to the RF and RV modules of R/2. He then went on to work as a Basis consultant installing and upgrading R/3 systems, starting with R/3 version 2.0B. In May 1995, he joined SAP (UK) as a Basis Consultant and ABAP programmer; however, when the first Internet boom started in 1996, he turned his attention to Web-based interfaces into SAP. This led to him working with the earliest versions of the Internet Transaction Server (ITS), and consequently, he taught the first course on this subject in January 1997. Since then, Web- based front ends for SAP functionality have been the main focus of Chris’ attention. In January 2003, he started working with Web Dynpro and has worked closely with the development team in Walldorf, both learning the product and writing proof-of-concept applications. The knowledge gained while working with the developers became the foundation for the book “Inside Web Dynpro for Java” published by SAP PRESS in November 2004. This book is now in its second edition (September 2007). Chris lives in the UK and works as the Web Dynpro Java expert for the SAP NetWeaver Regional Implementation Group (RIG) EMEA in Walldorf, Germany.

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