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Enterprise Geeks – Biggest Loser Style Contest

Thanks to a series of colds that ran through our group last week and some heavy travel and meeting schedules this week, we haven’t been able to quite keep on our usual podcast recording schedule. I thought I would take this slow down in our regular schedule to blog about a great idea which was brought up by KK Ramamoorthy.  We had a podcast earlier this year were we discussed the challenge of staying fit while working in the IT field. In particular, those of us who travel frequently have an added challenge. KK suggested that we run a Biggest Loser style contest sponsored by the Enterprise Geeks.  We believe anything that helps our fellow Enterprise Geeks get healthier is worthwhile and KK’s suggestion adds an extra layer of fun to the challenge.

The good part first: So the prize for the Enterprise Geek who loses the most weight, is your dinner free at the Enterprise Geeks dinner which takes place during TechEd. If you aren’t able to attend TechEd or live in a location where we won’t have a Enterprise Geeks dinner, we will come up with some suitable alternative prize. How better to reward someone for losing weight than to buy their way into an all-you-can-eat buffet? 🙂

The Rules: we will use My Fitness Pal to track weight loss.  You don’t have to put all your details into My Fitness Pal, but you need at least a beginning weigh in and a final weigh in. If you want to participate, just friend me (ABAPFreak) on My Fitness Pal. The person who loses the most weight between the date of the posting of this blog and the Friday before the start of TechEd Las Vegas (October 12th 2012) wins.  No weigh ins on site will be required.  We trust that all our Enterprise Geeks out there will be honest with their weigh ins online.

Hopefully this adds a little motivation to everyone’s drive to get healthy this year! Track what you eat, eat a little less, exercise a little more.  It doesn’t take much to make a start.  Who knows. You might find eternal glory in being the first Enterprise Geeks Biggest Loser!

Enterprise Geeks Go To Madrid

Just a little reminder that we will be slightly off our regular podcast schedule because of the up coming SAP TechEd/SAPPHIRE Madrid. We didn’t record a podcast this week because of all the preparations for next week.

Rich Heilman and myself will be at TechEd Madrid next week. We will be recording two live podcasts during the week.  The first will be recorded during the Enterprise Geeks dinner on Tuesday, November 8th. The other will be recorded on the show floor in Community Lounge #7 on Thursday, November 10th from 13:30-14:00. Everyone is invited to join either recording and share you thoughts on the event.  Depending upon the availability of  WIFI at the event, we will attempt to get these recordings posted as soon as possible during the week.

Also a special thanks to Christian Braukmüller for creating the Madrid version of the Enterprise Geeks banner, which we will use on all SAP TechEd/SAPPHIRE Madrid related postings.

EnterpriseGeeks Annual TechEd Dinner

Ok EgHeads, its that time again.  Since Tom was the only founding member of the EnterpriseGeeks at the SAP TechEd in Las Vegas, we decided to have the annual TechEd dinner in Madrid this year where we will have at least 2 founding members, Tom and I.  Anyway, we asked for some suggestions, and Martin Lang has come through with a really good one I think.  That’s right, another meat feast it will be.  Join us on Tuesday, November 8th at around 10:00pm at El Rodizio.  Once again, it is a Brazilian style steakhouse sort of like Fogo de Chao, where we visited in Phoenix a couple years back.  You can find directions from the conference center to the restaurant here.  Please RSVP using the registration link here.  This will give us a better idea of who is coming, and how many I should make the reservation for.  See you all there!

UPDATE:  Apparently, it would be better to have dinner just before bed so that all that meat can sit in our stomachs throughout the night with no way to burn it off till morning, so lets move the time to 10:00pm  🙂

UPDATE: Yes, another one.  So we are moving our dinner to Tuesday night, November 8th at 10:00pm to accomodate people who want to attend other events on Wednesday night.

Enterprise Geeks Podcast Postponed

I’m afraid that due to all the wedding related activities this past weekend (both Dan McWeeney’s and my brother’s), we will not release a podcast today.  Instead we will record later this week and have one podcast that spans this week and the next.  Just to let everyone know, here are some of the topics we are going to discuss on this week’s recording:

  • Amazon Fire tablet and the Silk browser – impact to the Enterprise?
  • Oracle Open World
  • Apple announcement – we don’t know what they will reveal, but we’re betting we will want to talk about it anyway
  • The upgrade of my ABAP NSP system from 7.02 to 7.31

TechEd Enterprise Geeks Dinner 2011

A few people have asked what we plan to do about the annual Enterprise Geeks dinner at TechEd this year. I’m afraid I have good news and bad news on that topic.

First the bad news: we are not planning to have an Enterprise Geeks organized dinner at TechEd Las Vegas this year. I will be the only one of the Enterprise Geeks founding members in attendance at TechEd Las Vegas this year. Let’s face it, without Rich’s leadership on getting the Buffet planning going, it becase less and less likely that we would be able to have the dinner. Add to that the fact that the podcast won’t be restarting until our first live recording from TechEd Las Vegas and we were left with little chance to promote the dinner. I still plan to go to the buffet at the Wynn before the concert on Thursday night if anyone wants to join me, but we won’t be trying to reserve a big block of tables as in years past.

Now the good news: for the first time we will be brining the Enterprise Geeks dinner to TechEd in Europe. Both Rich and I will be there and we are already starting planning for the dinner. We are open to suggestions, especially from anyone who lives or who has travelled to Madrid. Since TechEd Madrid doesn’t occur until November, this should give us plenty of time to plan.

So while plans didn’t allow us to continue this tradition in Las Vegas this year, we are bringing the fabled Enterprise Geeks dinner to a new geography this year. With any luck we will be able to have the dinner across all TechEd locations some day.

iPad App of the Week: Contract Killer

Yes, he did! That’s right this time around it’s game time!

Contract Killer by Glu, is what I chose this time around! Oh and it’s free, just watch the in game buy options 😦

They might call you an enforcer, or an assassin. Call it what you like – you’re a CONTRACT KILLER.

Pulled into a world of bounty hunters, mobsters and criminals, you must check in with your contacts and accept SECRET MISSIONS that only you can handle. Select your WEAPON OF CHOICE from an inventory of sniper rifles, assault rifles and machine guns. Locate your target, zoom in, take aim and GO FOR THE HEADSHOT to earn cold hard cash. You might eliminate a crime boss and escape without being spotted, or you might walk straight into an AMBUSH…

Prepare for your mission and then jump into one of many vantage points within 5 gritty 3D locations

17 Story Missions and unlimited Random Missions provide cash, XP and lots of action

20 distinct weapons including handguns, sniper rifles, machine guns and assault rifles

Use the Tranquilizer Gun to capture your target or put them down… permanently


iPad App of the Week: SSH Term Pro

Now who can’t need an SSH terminal app on their iPad or iPhone? I went through several before deciding on SSH Term Pro (yep the paid version) for a whole $1.99!

SSH Term Pro is SSH Client application in which you can connect with your server using SSH protocol

-SSH Console/Emulator Terminal
-RSA Keys Manager and share/send public Key(s) via email
-Connect server with SSH protocol
-Support in both mode portrait and landscape mode
-Configure unlimited server with connection name
-Configurable supported all fonts with custom font size
-Configurable Foreground, Background and Cursor Color
-Support most of text editor like nano, vi or vim and others
-Enable/Disable Auto Scroll within terminal screen, no need go in settings screen
-Configurable terminal type as per your server support/requirement
-Configurable rows and cols (terminal size)
-Configurable port like use non-standard port etc 2202 etc
-Support Up/Down arrow keys
-Show/Hide keyboard to entitle full screen, Just double tapping
-Support Top command
-Support Control, Tab and Esc Keys and F1-12 Keys
-Support multitasking
-Configurable fonts with custom font size
-Configurable terminal type, rows and columns your self as per your server requirement.
-Show/Hide Keyboard and display output in full screen
-Support website link working now
-Access to Sudo and root commands
-Application work with GPRS, EDGE, 3G or WIFI Network
-Very Simple UI and no need to read document or user guide to understand application, however we are here for support, follow support link for any help or any question


Next up will be based on a Twitter request for “air control” type apps.

iPad App of the Week: Adobe Ideas

The app I decided to review this week is Adobe Ideas and it’s for both the iPhone as well as the iPad and it’s free.

Adobe® Ideas is your digital sketchbook, letting you capture and explore ideas anywhere you go. Adobe Ideas is an ideal companion for the professional design applications from Adobe, including Adobe Illustrator® and Adobe Photoshop®. Now with a new in-app purchase option, you can get up to 10 drawing layers plus a photo layer for each sketch as well as layer transformations – move, rotate and scale each layer.
Sketch design concepts while sitting in a cafe, capture and store color themes while browsing through the photos on your phone, or jot down notes on a photo. Any time you need to explore creative ideas, Adobe Ideas is there with you.

Here’s a short demo:

Got a cool app you want reviewed or one you really like you want to share – let us know!


iPad App of the Week: Air Sketch

I figured if Apple can do their “App of the Week” then so can one of the eGeeks and since Ed is such a big fan of the iPad I figured I’d jump in and start sharing out of my 332 apps so far which I think are really cool. So to quick it off I decided to go with one of the newest ones that has a practical purpose as well (not just fun).

The app is called Air Sketch, the free version and I’m debating the paid version for $7.99.

Turn your iPad into a wireless whiteboard! Project live sketches to a local computer.

Just fire up Air Sketch on the iPad and open the specified URL from any HTML5 compatible browser on another computer on the local network to see your sketches in real-time as you draw. There’s no additional client software to install. Use Air Sketch at home, the office, or even with a friend’s laptop.

Tip: You can also find the link in Desktop Safari’s Bonjour bookmarks: Show All Bookmarks menu ? Bonjour.

Connect your laptop to a projector to sketch wirelessly to a big screen, even while walking around the room.

Incorporate the iPad into your desktop-based workflow: Record videos of your live Air Sketch drawings, or share them live with remote colleagues via any online meeting or desktop sharing software (such as iChat or WebEx).

Air Sketch supports any HTML5-compatible browser, including Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome, and even another iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch!

You can even use Air Sketch peer-to-peer with a computer via an ad-hoc network when a WiFi hotspot is unavailable (see our blog for the quick how-to).

Note: Air Sketch is designed to work with a computer connected to the same local network as your iPad.

The app is from a company called Qrayon.

I captured a small video of me using the app, have a look.

I really think the app has a lot of potential at events and classroom settings and as such could find it’s way into a corporate boardroom or conference room as a useful tool what do you think?




Learning Content to Use With the New ABAP 7.02 Trial

With the recent release of the ABAP 7.02 trial edition, many people might be looking for good learning materials and demos to try out all the new functionality available in this release level.  In this blog I try to collect some of these sources.

SCN Content

One of your first stops after installing the ABAP 7.02 trial (or if you are looking for something to read during the installation process), should be the new functions and features page here on SCN. It does a nice job of summarizing the high level feature areas and give you an excellent starting point to perform further research.

There have also been several blogs released in the last week, all focused on the 7.02 ABAP topic and of the things you can try in 7.02 once you have the trial installed.

All of these provide great starting points, particularly for learning new ABAP syntax or workbench capabilities.

Although not directly SCN hosted, it’s probably important to note that the 7.02 version of is now live. I personally find the New Features section of the online help useful when learning the delta features.  For example if you want an overview of the new functionality in Web Dynpro ABAP in 7.02, here is the link you should start with on

TechEd 2010

TechEd was also a great source of information on the new features in ABAP 7.02.  Don’t forget that many of the sessions were recorded and can be viewed at any time. These sessions can be viewed here:

Particularly on the topic of new features you want to learn about in this trial, you might watch the replays of CD105 – What’s New in Web Dynpro ABAP 7.01 and 7.02 and CD203 – Best Practices for Designing Web Dynpro ABAP User Interface.

If you attended TechEd this year, you might have noticed that we didn’t give out the source code to the attendees for many of the usual workshops.  This was mostly because the source code was based upon NetWeaver 7.02 and without a trial edition at that release level yet, it wouldn’t do anyone much good.  Thankfully we now have the 7.02 trial, so we have started uploading some of the code to the SAP Code Exchange.

I have created a Code Exchange project to house transports that can be imported into the 7.02 to deliver some of the demos and exercises we used at TechEd:


Currently I have uploaded the content from CD160 – Introduction to Web Dynpro ABAP, CD105 – What’s New in Web Dynpro ABAP 7.01 and 7.02, CD203 – Best Practices for Designing Web Dynpro ABAP User Interfaces, and CD266 – Update Your ABAP Development Skills to NetWeaver 7.0 and Beyond.

If you access the Code Exchange project and go to the Releases tab (after accepting the Terms of Usage), you will see individual download files. Each contains ABAP transport files for the various areas covered.  There is a file for all the CD266 Exercises and the CD160 exercises.  There are also transports for the various demos, such as the performance demos used in CD203 or the Flash Islands and Silverlight Islands demoed in CD105.

If you need any general advice on how to import transports into the trial edition ABAP AS, I would recommend this blog:  Its a little bit older now and focused on an early release level, but the overall process of performing transports is sound.

SAP Press Book

If you are interested in the 7.02 features for ABAP development, then (at the risk of some self promotion) I would also recommend the new SAP Press book – Next Generation ABAP Development 2nd Edition, which is scheduled to begin shipping in early January. This new edition of the book was extended and revised specifically to cover the new features in ABAP development in NetWeaver 7.01 and 7.02. For example, the syntax all throughout the book has been updated to include the new statement chaining and extended expressions possible in NetWeaver 7.02.  There are also completely new topics like Business Objects integration, BRF+, Page Builder, Islands, etc.

The book also comes with a CD that contains the source code of all the projects discussed in the book – source code that you can now actually install and run thanks to the recent release of the 7.02 trial edition.

UPDATED: For a limited time you can use discount code NEXTGENABAP to get a 10% discount on the book when you order from the SAP Press website.