6.5. SAP API–Aware Application Layer Scripting Tools

Unlike their non–SAP-aware scripting counterparts, the Level Three tools and utilities covered in this next section offer huge and compelling advantages despite their proportionally larger price tags. Why use these relatively expensive “SAP-aware” tools when so many free or inexpensive test-tool options exist? The argument for testing tools that boast an SAP Business API– (BAPI-) certified interface, and those that do not, comes down to capabilities versus price. Tools that leverage SAP's BAPI make a testing tool SAP-aware, in that they can then communicate with an SAP system through a standard API rather than by relying on driving a front-end GUI screen. Because of this, SAP-aware tools boast ...

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