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SAP R/3 Handbook, Third Edition, 3rd Edition by Jim Keogh, Jose Hernandez, Franklin Martinez

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Web Development with ABAP: Business Server Page (BSP)

As we already explained in Chapter 2, with the appearance of the SAP Web Application Server 6.10 back in 2001, SAP replaced the SAP Basis System as the underlying platform for SAP Solutions. The SAP Web Application Server, commonly referred to as SAP WAS, is the technological foundation and platform for the SAP R/3 Enterprise, as well as most of the other SAP Solutions within mySAP Business Suite and the SAP NetWeaver integration platform.

The main difference between the SAP WAS and SAP Basis is that the SAP Web Application Server supports natively Web protocols such as HTTP(s), SMTP, SOAP, and others, which allows users to avoid using the traditional Internet gateway used in SAP installations, ...

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