Archive | April 2009

Enterprise Geeks Podcast – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me

Is the future grey now that the big Oracle ship is steering the final Sun-set?

Is the future grey now that the big Oracle ship is steering the final Sunset?

Join the boys while they focus on the HUGE news of the week around Oracle buying Sun and what it will mean for Java, MySQL, and other goodies included in the deal. Plus, listen in for a great conversation around using SAP as a trusted partner instead of a security blanket for choosing development tools.

If you have questions, suggestions, or topic ideas for future episodes, give us a shout here. Enjoy!

Episode photo by wili_hybrid via Flickr

Running Time: 64 minutes

Talking Points

  1. 00:15 – Intros & Ramblings
  2. 05:48 – Oracle buys Sun
  3. 33:47 – Initial thoughts on the SAP Agile Development Boot camp
  4. 36:15 – Further discussion around Java and ABAP
    • The war within the SAP world
    • What the hell is a composite?
    • Freedom of Choice vs. Security and Blind Trust
  5. 49:20 – Closing thoughts

Next time you think about the last setting of Sun, be sure to revel in your grief while listening to this song.

Enterprise Geeks Podcast – Technical Difficulties

Are SAP Tech Tours having difficulties staying technical?

Are SAP Tech Tours having difficulties staying technical?

Due to technical difficulties, the original recorded podcast for this week with special guest Ryan Stewart will not be aired. However out of pure love and loyalty to the eGheads, Ed and Thomas still pulled together on a Saturday afternoon to record a great adhoc episode with some interesting topics. Listen in to hear about upcoming SAP Sapphire and Tech Tour events as well as thoughts on roles in the enterprise.

If you have questions, suggestions, or topic ideas for future episodes, give us a shout here. Enjoy!

Running Time: 44 minutes

Talking Points

  1. 00:15 – Random Chit Chat
    • Why ewH has failed you
    • Good news is that Ryan Stewart has agreed to come back on
  2. 05:05 – Check out the special interview with one of our favorite eGheads Blag
  3. 07:00 – Join the eGeeks at Sapphire
  4. 11:00 – Will the SAP Tech Tour be successful?
  5. 17:35 – Thomas is still looking for feedback for ABAP sessions at SAP TechEd 2009
  6. 22:05 – SAP Agile Development Bootcamp
  7. 25:40SAP Netweaver magazine discussion
  8. 37:00 – Closing Thoughts

Enterprise Geeks Podcast Special Edition – Interview with Alvaro Tejada (Blag)

Blag (the person the left) - on stage at TechEd 2008

Blag (the person on the left) – on stage at TechEd 2008

In this special edition of the Enterprise Geeks podcast we get the opportunity to interview the SDN star himself – Alvaro Tejada; or Blag as everyone around the SAP space knows him. Blag is one of the best known faces in the SAP community.  He is frequent moderator on the SDN Forums and quite a prolific author. In this podcast he shares his experiences as an SAP Mentor, talks about the upcomming SAP Inside Track Lima (which he is organizing) and we discuss UI topics like Adobe Flex development and FlashIslands for Web Dynpro.

If you have questions, suggestions, or topic ideas for future episodes, give us a shout here. Enjoy!

Running Time: 26 minutes

Talking Points

  1. 00:00 – Introduction to Blag
  2. 03:00TechEd Phoenix
  3. 07:00 – UI Discussion
  4. 10:30 – Adobe Flex Development
  5. 13:40 – Islands within Web Dynpro
  6. 17:00 – State of Upgrades
  7. 20:00 – SAP Inside Track, Lima
  8. 22:40 – Mark Finnern’s Musical Talents

Enterprise Geeks Podcast Special Edition – Interview with Jim Spath

Jim Spath - ASUG Volunteer and SAP Mentor

Jim Spath – ASUG Volunteer and SAP Mentor

In this special edition of the Enterprise Geeks Podcast, we interview SAP Mentor and long time ASUG (Americas’ SAP User Group) Volunteer – Jim Spath. Jim is a vocal member of the SAP community that is always ready to help out. In this podcast he talks about the upcoming ASUG annual conference, what it is like to be an SAP Mentor, sustainability and environmental issues, etc.

If you have questions, suggestions, or topic ideas for future episodes, give us a shout here. Enjoy!

Running Time: 20 minutes

Talking Points

  1. 00:30 – Who is Jim Spath
  2. 02:00 ASUG Background
  3. 15:00 Online and Virtual Education Opportunities
  4. 17:50 Sustainability and closing remarks

ABAP Freak Show – April 15th – First Look at 7.02

In this weeks’s episode, I’ve just completed the upgrade on my local ABAP Application Server from 7.01 to 7.02.  So we use this opportunity to take a quick first look at some of the new features I’ve encountered. This is my no means an exhaustive look at all the new features.  We do see the UML Modeler, the source code based class editor, code completion, statement chaining.  Also a few new Web Dynpro ABAP features are shown; like Display As Text, Suggest Values, and the Accordion.

Enterprise Geeks Podcast – No Rest for the Weary

Sleep Deprivation

Do constant upgrades make customers weary?

Listen in on this special grouchy, sleep deprived edition of the eGeeks podcast, as Ed and Thomas try to keep it together after a rough week of pulling all-nighters. Even after fighting through the exhaustion, there are still many very good topics discussed including new features in NetWeaver Enhancement Package 2, upcoming SAP Teched sessions, and the SAP Inside Track conference.

If you have questions, suggestions, or topic ideas for future episodes, give us a shout here. Enjoy!

Episode photo by Jsome1 shared under Creative Commons Attrubtion License.

Running Time: 48 minutes

Talking Points

  1. 00:15 – Random Chit Chat
  2. 03:52 – Get the early scoop on NetWeaver 7.02 coming soon
  3. 09:12 – Overview of the ABAP sessions at ASUG / Sapphire
  4. 14:34 – TechEd Session Internal Proposals for ABAP – give Thomas your opinions
  5. 22:26SAP Inside Track London
  6. 30:10Blue Ruby mentor webinar and the slides here
  7. 35:00Cote and Willis chime in on the open cloud manifesto
  8. 36:00 – How do you navigate SDN to get to the Adobe Flash SDN Pages?
  9. 41:27 – Closing Thoughts

eGhead wallpaper on the iPod Touch

Enterprise Geeks Podcast – Pity the Fools

The Enterprise Geeks join in on the April Fool's fun

The Enterprise Geeks join in on the April Fool’s fun

Join us in this special April Fool’s episode as Ed Herrmann and Thomas Jung do a round up on the best technology pranks and gags of the week. Also included are a number of other topics ranging from paintball and bawls to ASUG and Twitter.

If you have questions, suggestions, or topic ideas for future episodes, give us a shout here. Enjoy!

Running Time: 76 minutes

Talking Points

  1. 00:30 – April Fool’s Chit Chat
  2. 24:32Polestar Innovation Challenge update
  3. 32:04 – Around the technology horn
  4. 64:17 – Wrappin’ it up

A new Twist to SAP Development finds a new home with the eGeeks.

It’s with sadness and happiness that I write this post, it’s been fun over at the Toolbox and maintaining my blog about odd and different types of development with SAP technologies from PHP to Zoho, however time has caught up to me and I need to re-optimize my online efforts.

Over the past several weeks I’ve closed several of my blogs, and with luck I’ve been able to consolidated several of them including this one together with several great friends who share a focused interest on enterprise software as I do.

It’s an exciting time when you can combine so many of your interests into a single focused area, I hope my previous loyal readers will find a warm welcome here with the rest of the awesome eGheads!

SDN Points For Sale

Recently I found out that getting to ASUG/Sapphire 2009 in Orlando  is going to be a bit tough for me this year.  First, since my session submission was not accepted, that means no free registration. Second, nobody wants my travel expenses hitting their cost centers.  I guess I can’t blame anyone in these tough times.  So I am taking matters into my own hands and will try to foot the bill myself(sort of).  Most people know me from SDN, and know that I have accumulated a large amount of SDN points over the years.  These points started out as a way to entice people to contribute on SDN, and has worked quite well I think.  There was a time where you would get a free T-shirts when reaching certain point milestones.  Mostly people like them for recognition, now-a-days.  Anyway, I don’t really have any use for this points anymore, my wife has been nagging me to get rid of them, I’ve gotten all my T-shirts and other SAP swag, so I’ve decided to sell all my SDN points on eBay.  I have over 50,000 now, so there is plenty to go around.  I’m selling them in blocks of 1,000 at $19.99 a pop.  A good deal I think.  I plan to use the profits to finance my trip to ASUG/Sapphire, which means this could be viewed as a private charity as well, meaning that you can deduct the cost of your purchase on your taxes next year.  How great is that?   You get SDN points for doing nothing, and you don’t have to pay tax on that money.  And as an added bonus, you will get a good feeling knowing that you helped me get to ASUG/Sapphire.

Here is the Ebay link to the auction for anyone interested in bidding:

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One final note, the sale is only for today, April 1st.

ABAP Application Server Running on the iPhone

SE38 running on an ABAP App Server all local to the IPhone

SE38 running on an ABAP App Server all local to the IPhone

Thanks to a recent all night hacking session, the Enterprise Geeks have managed to get an entire ABAP Application Server running on the iPhone. That’s right, not just the SAPGUI but the whole Application Server. This means that ABAP developers now truly have the freedom to code on the go as we bring the power of the complete ABAP environment to the world’s most popular portable device.

There were some obvious technical challenges to getting a piece of software that was designed for 64-bit memory architecture and multiple CPUs to run in the considerably smaller hardware of the iPhone. When asked about these technical challenges, the Enterprise Geeks responded with the following. “There were plenty of problems squeezing the thing onto the iPhone.  The biggest was probably the fact that the database size alone is nearly 12Gb.  That was a bit of a problem for a device that potentially has only 8Gb of storage. So we had to cut out some of the features.  For instance there was no room for any eye candy.  So we cut out the Signature and Enjoy designs and went back to the classic battleship grey Windows 3.1 mode only. We also had to cut out SE80, the new ABAP editor, Web Dynpro ABAP, and lot of other stuff.  What didn’t we cut? Well, there is still command line based editing and we of course left in the ABAP powered Matrix Screen Saver.  We would love to tell you how well the system runs on the iPhone, but to be honest those damn icons are just too small for the touch screen interface of the iPhone and we keep exiting the program when we try to save.”

Lies, Damn Lies: just so everyone is on the same page; this posting was made on April 1st. You know, April Fools Day. Just in case you haven’t caught on yet, everything above is a total lie. I can’t imaging actually trying to code development – in any environment – on the form factor of the iPhone.  Not to mention running the ABAP engine on an iPhone would surly drain the battery quite fast. 🙂