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SAP ABAP: Hands-On Test Projects with Business Scenarios by Kaushik Roy, Sushil Markandeya

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CHAPTER 4

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ABAP Language Basics

Introduction

Advanced Business Application Programming (ABAP), the proprietary language of SAP, has basically procedure oriented constructs. When it was created (in the 1970s), there was no OOP technology application. The OOP constructs in ABAP were incorporated sometime in the beginning of the millennia. It is an interpreter driven language. And its limited repertoire of statements and features at the time SAP R/3 release (in 1992) have grown considerably.

The ABAP source programs are stored in the SAP database. The complied runtime version, much akin to the Java byte code, is also stored in the SAP database. The ...

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