Why You Need and How You Build BAPI Components

  • by Thomas G. Schuessler, Founder, ARAsoft
  • March 15, 2002
If done right, BAPI components will save you time and money, especially in the long run. This article tells you why you need components for BAPI-enabled applications, shows you an enabling component that facilitates the building of BAPI components, and, using the SAP Java Connector (JCo) as the middleware, gives you a concrete example of a component that encapsulates a set of complex BAPIs (the OpenInfoWarehouse BAPIs) to make the development of applications using these BAPIs extremely easy.

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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