A tutorial on

Business Application Programming Interface (BAPI)
Compiled by Sudhanshu Singh

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Content
Business Application Programming Interface (BAPI) Business Object Repository (BOR) Transaction Model for Developing BAPIs Defining and Implementing the BAPI Frequently Used BAPIs Defining a BAPI Scenario Defining a BAPI and Its Interface Determining the SAP Business Object and Its Key Fields Defining the Interface Structure of the BAPI Naming Parameters in the Function Module Specifying the Required Objects in ABAP Dictionary Naming the Method in the BOR Naming Parameters in the BOR Creating Individual Programming Objects Conversion Between Internal and External Data Formats Converting Between Internal and External Data Formats Application Example Defining Methods in the BOR Using the BOR/BAPI Wizard Example of a Function Module Testing the BAPI Releasing and Freezing the BAPI Programming BAPIs Programming Change BAPIs Programming Replicate/Clone BAPIs Programming Value Ranges Internal and External Data Formats Reporting Errors Providing Input Help (F4 Help) Improving the Performance of your BAPI Enhancements to Existing BAPIs Customer Modifications of BAPIs Implementing BAPIs in ALE Scenarios BAPI Implementation Checklist 3 4 5 8 9 11 13 14 15 16 17 18 18 20 21 22 23 25 27 28 29 30 31 34 36 37 39 42 44 45 48 50 52

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Business Application Programming Interface
Definition
A Business Application Programming Interface (BAPI) is a precisely defined interface providing access to processes and data in business application systems such as R/3. BAPIs are defined as API methods of SAP Objects. These objects and their BAPIs are described and stored in the Business Object Repository (BOR).

Use
BAPIs can be called within the R/3 System from external application systems and other programs. A BAPI call can either be made as an object oriented method call or as a remote function call (RFC). BAPIs are a global communication standard for business applications. Examples of what BAPIs can be used for include: R/3 satellite systems Distributed R/3 scenarios using Application Link Enabling (ALE) Connecting R/3 Systems to the Internet using Internet application components (IACs) Visual Basic programs as front ends to R/3 Systems Work flow applications that extend beyond system boundaries Customers' and partners' own developments Connections to non-SAP software Connections to legacy systems

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Business Object Repository (BOR)
Definition
The Business Object Repository (BOR) is the object oriented repository in the R/3 System. It contains, among other objects, SAP Business Objects and their methods. In the BOR a Business Application Programming Interface (BAPI) is defined as an API method of an SAP Business Object. Thus defined, the BAPIs become standard with full stability guarantees as regards their content and interface.

Use
With regard to SAP Business Objects and their BAPIs, the BOR has the following functions: • provides an object oriented view of R/3 System data and processes. R/3 application functions are accessed using methods (BAPIs) of SAP Business Objects. Implementation information is encapsulated; only the interface functionality of the method is visible to the user. • • arranges the various interfaces in accordance with the component hierarchy, enabling functions to be searched and retrieved quickly and simply. Manages BAPIs in release updates. BAPI interface enhancements made by adding parameters are recorded in the BOR. Previous interface versions can thus be reconstructed at any time. When a BAPI is created the release version of the new BAPI is recorded in the BOR. The same applies when any interface parameter is created. The version control of the function module that a BAPI is based on is managed in the Function Builder. • Ensures interface stability. Any interface changes that are carried out in the BOR, are automatically checked for syntax compatibility against the associated development objects in the ABAP Dictionary.

Integration
You should only define a BAPI as a SAP Business Object method in the BOR if the function module that the BAPI is based on has been fully implemented. Full access to the BOR is restricted to the persons responsible for the objects involved and for quality control. BOR-BAPI Wizard The BOR-BAPI Wizard assists with creating new BAPI methods in the BOR. It takes you through the creation process step by step.

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Transaction Model for Developing BAPIs
Purpose
The transaction model in which BAPIs are used determines how you have to program BAPIs. The transaction model described here has been used to develop BAPIs for R/3 Releases 3.1 and 4.0A. Logical Unit of Work (LUW) and Statelessness Within the context of this transaction model a transaction represents one processing step or one logical unit of work (LUW). When a transaction is called, database operations are either fully executed or not at all. The whole transaction must be programmed to be stateless. This transaction model requires that: • no data is imported that may indirectly affect the result. If a transaction is called more than once, each call must have the same result. For BAPIs this means, for example, that Set or Get parameters cannot be used. However, you can keep Customizing data in a global memory as this data remains unchanged even if transaction calls are repeated. • • there must be no functional dependencies between two transactions. either all relevant data has to be changed in the database or none at all.

The following sections describe how the transaction model effects BAPI development: • • Using the Transaction Model in Release 3.1 Using the Transaction Model in Release 4.0A

Using the Transaction Model in Release 3.1
Purpose
The example below of an external program calling a BAPI to change data in an R/3 System, illustrates how the transaction model affects BAPI development in Release 3.1. Assume the transaction was written in, for instance, Visual Basic and that data is to be changed in the R/3 System only. The RFC connection is live the whole time the external program is logged on to the R/3 System to avoid having to connect and disconnect repeatedly. When the RFC connection is already established, an RFC call does not essentially take up any more CPU time than a direct call to the function module from within the R/3 System. There is one BAPI call for each transaction in the transaction model supported in 3.1. BAPIs can only be called synchronously. A BAPI call is essentially the call of the underlying RFC capable function module.

Process Flow
The process flow of the program consists of the steps below (see graphic): Log on _________ __________________________________________________________________ 5

can be buffered.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ . BAPIs are affected as follows: • Initial state each time a BAPI is called A repeated call of one BAPI must produce the same result.. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 6 . • No functional dependency between two BAPIs A BAPI call must not be negatively affected by an earlier call of another BAPI. (Visual Basic source code) Call BAPI to read and/or change data . This is why BAPIs to be implemented in 3.. (Visual Basic source code) Log off Prerequisites What do the terms "LUW" and "statelessness" mean to BAPIs that are implemented in the framework of this transaction model? If a transaction represents one Logical Unit of Work and in addition is supposed to be stateless.. (Visual Basic source code) Call BAPI to read and/or change data .. A follow up call must not presuppose an earlier call. for example. creating a new sales order. for example.... must be carried out completely or not at all (LUW).. The "Commit Work" command is always invoked at the end of the function module of a BAPI that modifies data.. Only data that is not affected by the execution of the BAPI..1 are created with integrated commit control. • All or nothing principle A database change.. customizing data..

0A the Commit control must be taken out of write BAPIs.. This procedure is required because BAPIs are used for continued development of the R/3 System.. (Visual Basic source code) Call BAPI to read and/or change data Call BAPI_TRANSACTION_COMMIT . (Visual Basic source code) Log off _________ __________________________________________________________________ 7 ..1 should not be changed.. However.... the existing transaction model used in Release 3. This is achieved by using the RFC capable function module BAPI_TRANSACTION_COMMIT which executes the command "Commit Work". for example. Features A program based on this transaction model could consist of the following steps (see graphic): Log on .... for separating individual R/3 components..A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Using the Transaction Model in Release 4.0A Purpose In Release 4. BAPIs must support the transaction model used in the R/3 System. those BAPIs that cause database changes.. If this is the case. (Visual Basic source code) Call BAPI to read and/or change data Call BAPI_TRANSACTION_COMMIT . that is.

For information on these BAPIs see the section Frequently Used BAPIs. This section describes how to define a BAPI and which particular guidelines to comply with.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Defining and Implementing the BAPI Purpose A BAPI is an API method of a business object and is defined as such in the Business Object Repository (BOR). a BAPI is implemented as an RFC capable function module which is maintained in the Function Builder. However. There is a range of BAPIs that provide basic functions and these can be implemented for most of the SAP Business Objects. Check if the BAPI you want to implement is in one of these general categories. For function modules that implement BAPIs certain standards and rules must be adhered to over and above the standard programming rules for function modules. When implementing BAPIs follow the requirements below to ensure you achieve consistent behavior and representation of BAPIs as object oriented methods of SAP Business Objects. Process Flow The process of defining and implementing a BAPI consists of the following steps: • • • • • • Describing the Scenario in which the BAPI is used Reviewing the BAPI Concept and BAPI Scenario Defining a BAPI and Its Interface Creating Individual Programming Objects Testing the BAPI Releasing and Freezing the BAPI _________ __________________________________________________________________ 8 .

for example. for example. a sales order. whether the customer master has been created. • GetStatus The BAPI GetStatus is used to query the status of an SAP Business Object. The key values selected by the BAPI GetList are returned to the calling program in a table. • Change The BAPI Change changes an existing instance of a SAP Business Object. for example. change or delete instances of a business object: • Create or CreateFromData The BAPI Create or CreateFromData creates an instance of an object.ExistenceCheck of the business object CompanyCode (BUS0002) is an example of this. To specify appropriate selection requirements the calling program must pass the relevant parameters to the interface. together with other useful information. The method CompanyCode. for example. for example. • ExistenceCheck The BAPI ExistenceCheck checks whether an entry exists for an SAP Business Object. This BAPI is used only for displaying the status of an object and does not retrieve full details like the BAPI GetDetail. for example. These BAPIs are: BAPIs for Reading Data The following BAPIs provide you with read-only access to data in the associated Business Object: • GetList With this BAPI you can select a range of object key values. for example. • Delete The BAPI Delete deletes an instance of a SAP Business Object. For more information about the BAPI Change see Programming Replicate/Clone BAPIs. the BAPI GetDetail. a sales order. This workflow method is indirectly invoked when the calling program instantiates an object. as listed below. short texts. For further information on programming GetList BAPIs see Programming Value Ranges. a sales order.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Frequently Used BAPIs Definition Some BAPIs and methods provide basic functions and can be used for most SAP Business Objects. BAPIs for Creating or Changing Data The following BAPIs can create. by using GetSAPObject("CompanyCode") from within Visual Basic. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 9 . The key values can then be passed on to another BAPI for further processing. You should implement this method as a workflow method and not as a BAPI (RFC capable function module). • GetDetail The BAPI GetDetail uses a key to retrieve details about a specific instance of an object and returns this data to the calling program. for example. for example. company codes and material numbers. to determine the processing status of a sales order.

Unlike the BAPI Clone.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ BAPIs for Replicating Business Object Instances The BAPIs below can be implemented as methods of business objects that can be replicated. the BAPI CloneMultiple can replicate or modify several business object instances at the same time. For further information about these BAPIs see Programming Replicate/Clone BAPIs: • Replicate The BAPI Replicate is used by a client system to request clones of business objects in a server system. • CloneMultiple The BAPI CloneMultiple is used by a system to replicate several business objects on another system or to modify several business objects that have already been cloned. This method must be implemented for each business object to be cloned. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 10 . At least one of the following BAPIs must be implemented for each business object to be cloned: • Clone The BAPI Clone is used by a system to replicate one business object on another system or to modify one business object that has already been cloned.

You can describe the scenario in the form of a process model. because if the creditor ID is known. Then. specific details about this creditor are to be displayed. The relevant SAP Business Object for this scenario is Creditor. two BAPIs are required: Display list of creditors Display details of a specific creditor The interdependency between these two BAPIs is evident because first the creditor list is displayed to obtain the ID of the specific creditor sought. Process Flow To define the scenario the BAPI is to be used for. • What functionality should the BAPI provide and how does it affect related BAPIs. the BAPI "Display details of a specific creditor" can be used without first calling the BAPI "Display list of creditors".A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Defining a BAPI Scenario Purpose Before you program a BAPI you should clearly define the processes and situations the BAPI will be used for. Example To read a creditor's details as described in the above scenario. However. using another BAPI. the two BAPIs remain functionally independent of each other. consider the following issues: • Which scenario is to be implemented? Every BAPI should be based on a model of a scenario in which it can be usefully employed. The functions or methods of these other objects are used implicitly (delegation principle). Example In the scenario to be implemented. • To what extent can the BAPI's functionality be implemented within the scope of the business object? A BAPI should be developed so that it provides functionality exclusively within the context of its associated SAP Business Object. especially the other BAPIs of the SAP Business Object in question? In line with the scenario concept BAPIs must complement each other to create a complete scenario. First of all. • Which SAP Business Objects are involved? From the scenario definition and with the help of the process model you can get information about the SAP Business Objects relevant to the BAPI scenario. a BAPI is required to read data about a creditor. If the data of a different SAP Business Object is to be read or updated then the appropriate interface for this object must be used. Their relationships with each other must be clearly defined. From this ID. Example _________ __________________________________________________________________ 11 . details of this creditor can then be displayed. a list of creditors is to be displayed from which a specific creditor can be selected.

A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ The BAPIs required to read creditor details in the above scenario are only able to access data in the SAP Business Object Creditor. Before you implement the scenario and begin defining and developing the BAPI. Review Purpose In the previous step you created a concept for a scenario a BAPI could be applied to. you should carry out a review of the scenario concept. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 12 . You will also have identified the SAP Business Objects relevant to the BAPI scenario. You also defined relevant SAP Business Objects. Result Start developing the BAPI only after you have successfully completed the review. Process Flow You should carry out the review of the BAPI scenario in cooperation with all persons involved in the BAPI development and those responsible for quality control in your development group. Other object types are not involved. • Is the BAPI assigned to the SAP Business Object in a meaningful and semantically correct way? Result Once you have considered these issues you will be able to clearly conceptualize the functionality of the planned BAPI(s).

• • Naming Parameters in the Function Module Defining the format for passing the values in the function module interface. if the technical name of the object is BUS1008 then the associated BAPI function group is called 1008. where n is a number. Parameters must not be converted before they are passed to and from the BAPI interface. If a function group does not already exist. planning a name for one. The technical name of a SAP Business Object usually takes the form of BUSnnnn. you can start defining the BAPI itself. in the case of a BAPI which reads details for the object type Creditor. • Assigning a name to the function module Choose a name that gives an indication of what the BAPI is used for. open the Business Object in the Business Object Repository (BOR). or if a function group does not exist already. To ascertain the technical name of the Business Object. For information about naming a method refer to Naming the Method in the BOR. ISO codes and fields with an internal key. For example. Ascertain whether a function group has already been created for the BAPIs of the SAP Business Object in question. as described in Determining the SAP Business Object and Its Key Fields. To display further details. and characteristics of the BAPI and determine the structures the BAPI will be based on. Exceptions are currency codes. All BAPIs belonging to one SAP Business Object should be stored as function modules in one function group. • • • Specifying the Required Objects in ABAP Dictionary Naming the Method in the BOR Naming Parameters in the BOR _________ __________________________________________________________________ 13 . This is because BAPIs are programming interfaces and not end user interfaces. Only after you have planned and defined these required details can you start to implement the BAPI. In this step. the following steps must be completed: • • • Determining the SAP Business Object and Its Key Fields Defining the Interface Structure of the BAPI Identifying the name of the function group. Process Flow To define the scope and required components of the BAPI to be implemented. The naming convention is: BAPI_<Business Object name>_<method name>. as described in Creating Individual Programming Objects and Programming BAPIs. double click the name of the Business Object. the object type. Use the suffix "nnnn" as the name of the function group. then plan a name for the one to be created. the name of the associated function module is BAPI_CREDITOR_GETDETAIL. you will decide on the names. You can use the default technical name (object type) of the SAP Business Object as the basis of the function group name.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Defining a BAPI and Its Interface Purpose After you have carried out the review of the BAPI concept and it has been accepted. for example. parameters. For example.

instance-dependent methods relate to one instance (one specific occurrence) of an SAP Business Object type. for example to one specific sales order. The business objects are displayed in the order of the R/3 application hierarchy. In the case of instance-dependent BAPIs. The names of the key fields in the SAP Business Object and the corresponding parameters in the BAPI function module must be the same. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 14 . To display the Business Object and its key fields follow the steps below: 1. Select Tools → ABAP Workbench → Overview → Business Object Browser . You can differentiate between instance-dependent and instance-independent BAPI methods. Example SAP Business Object Creditor has a key field named CreditorId. All the key fields defined in the BOR for the SAP Business Object in question must be used as the parameters in the function module. 3. Unlike instance-independent methods. because the name links the key fields to the parameters. To display the Business Object's key fields. The contents of these key fields uniquely identify one individual instance of an SAP Business Object.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ 1 23 Determining the SAP Business Object and Its Key Fields You have to identify the relevant SAP Business Object in the Business Object Repository (BOR) and determine whether the key fields of the Business Object are relevant for your BAPI. This key field must be defined as a parameter with the name CREDITORID in the function modules of the instant-dependent BAPIs for this Business Object. This key can consist of several key fields. expand the node Key fields. A key is defined in the BOR for most SAP Business Objects. 2. the key fields of the corresponding SAP Business Object must be used as parameters in the function module the BAPI is based on so that the associated object instance can be identified. Select the required SAP Business Object in the application hierarchy and double click it to open it. For further information see Defining the Interface Structure of the BAPI.

the calling program has to pass the ID of the creditor and the company code. this could be a customer number (CustomerNo) in the BAPIs Customer. Exceptions are write BAPIs. To map these requirements onto the BAPI interface. If a key value is to be passed to the BAPI by the calling program. Specify what other data is relevant as import. or the number of a sales document in the BAPI SalesOrder. For BAPIs that generate instances. proceed as follows: 1. That way a specific instance of the Business Object is identified. To read creditor details. For example. export or table parameters for the BAPI. Process Flow To define the interface parameters.GetDetail and Customer. The creditor data returned is to include general details. as described in the list item above. the following parameters must be set in the function module which the BAPI is based on: The key field CreditorID of the SAP Business Object as an import parameter An import parameter for the company code A Return parameter that reports messages back to the calling program A parameter for general details of the creditor A parameter for specific details of the creditor A parameter for bank details of the creditor _________ __________________________________________________________________ 15 . for example. the key field must be set as an import parameter in the function module of the BAPI. Class methods are instance-independent and are called without the use of key values.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Defining the Interface Structure of the BAPI Purpose In this step you are going to define the BAPI interface. 2. The key fields of the SAP Business Object are some of the most important BAPI parameters.CheckPassword. Every BAPI must have an Export parameter return that reports messages back to the calling program. For BAPIs that are class methods a key field is neither set as an import nor as an export parameter in the BAPI function module. Example The BAPI to be developed is to read data from the SAP Business Object Creditor. the BAPIs Create or CreateFromData.CreateFromData. Caution You cannot use Changing and Exception parameters in a function module which implements a BAPI. the key field of the Business Object should be set as an export parameter in the BAPI function module. for example. These BAPIs return one key value. Check whether the key fields of the SAP Business Object are required in the interface. specific details and bank details. that is.GetStatus. the individual import. an order number in the BAPI SalesOrder. export and table parameters required for calling the BAPI. Usually they return a table with a selection of key values.

The names of parameters in a function module that implements a BAPI can only have a maxiumum of 20 alphanumeric characters. because the names of parameters in the function module must be identical to the parameter names in the BOR. The names of parameters in the function module must be written in capitals. import and table parameters in the function module interface of the BAPI. Prerequisites You can only define export. Now you can specify the names of these parameters in the function module. When assigning parameter names follow the guidelines below: • • The names must be in English The names of parameters in the function module can generally be a maximum of 30 alphanumeric characters. and the latter are restricted to a maxiumum of 20 characters. Example • • In the above example based on the creditor scenario.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Naming Parameters in the Function Module Purpose In the previous step you identified the contents of the interface parameters. Choose meaningful names and do not use abbreviations. Give meaningful names to the parameters in the function module interface to give the BAPI an easy-to-use interface. This is because the names you choose for the function module parameters are used in the Business Object Repository (BOR) as the names of the corresponding method parameters. the following parameters were identified: • • • • • • An import parameter for the key field CreditorId of the SAP Business Object An import parameter for the company code A Return parameter A parameter for general details of creditor A parameter for specific details of creditor A parameter for bank details of creditor You could use the following names for these parameters in the function module: Parameters and their Names in the Function Module Contents Creditor number Company code General creditor details Specific creditor details Return parameter Bank details Name in Function Module CREDITORID COMPANYCODE CREDITORGENERALDATA CREDITORCOMPANYDATA RETURN CREDITORBANKDATA Parameter Type IMPORTING IMPORTING EXPORTING EXPORTING EXPORTING TABLES _________ __________________________________________________________________ 16 .

Note the following: • • You can use individual fields. The first example here uses structures created in Release 3.0 it is possible to assign English names to the data elements in the ABAP Dictionary.0 ten characters were available for naming structures.0 Parameter in the Function Module CREDITORID COMPANYCODE CREDITORGENERALDATA CREDITORCOMPANYDATA RETURN CREDITORBANKDATA Reference Field/Table BAPI1008-VENDOR_NO BAPI1008-COMP_CODE BAPI1008_CREDITORGENERALDATA BAPI1008_CREDITORCOMPANYDATA BAPIRETURN2 BAPI1008_CREDITORBANKDATA _________ __________________________________________________________________ 17 . You have to create your own data structures for the BAPI interface that are independent of the data structures generally used in the R/3 application. Names should begin with the prefix BAPI. As of Release 4.1.1 Parameter in the Function Module CREDITORID COMPANYCODE CREDITORGENERALDATA CREDITORCOMPANYDATA RETURN CREDITORBANKDATA Reference Field/Table BAPI1008-VENDOR_NO BAPI1008-COMP_CODE BAPI1008_4 BAPI1008_5 BAPIRETURN2 BAPI1008_6 Parameters and their Reference Fields in Release 4. The second example shows how you could name the structures more meaningfully in Release 4.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Specifying the Required Objects in ABAP Dictionary Purpose After you have specified the contents and names of the required interface parameters you can identify and define the required data objects in the ABAP Dictionary. Give meaningful names to the data structures you create. from Release 4. In this Release structure names had a maximum of 10 characters. Up until Release 4. Whenever possible use these names for the field and parameter names. You can use existing data elements and domains for the fields in the BAPI structures. Every parameter must refer to a Dictionary object.0 you can use up to 30 characters. You can use alphanumeric characters and underscores. Example In the example in the previous steps the reference fields/tables shown below were identified for the parameters.0. This enables changes to be made in R/3 applications without affecting BAPIs. • Chose meaningful names in English for the structure fields. Parameters and their Reference Fields in Release 3. structures and tables as parameters.

Every new word in the parameter name begins with a capital letter. Expand the node for the object's methods. the components of parameter names in the BOR are separated by upper and lower case letters. for example. When naming parameters of a BAPI in the BOR take account of the following: • • The parameters must be in English.0 the names of the BAPI parameters in the BOR and the names of the parameters in the corresponding function module must be identical. Unlike parameter names in the function module that must be written completely in upper case. Select an object type in the application hierarchy in the Business Object Browser. ChangePassword. You have already named the parameters of the function module in Naming Parameters in the Function Module. To get an idea about naming BAPIs take a look at existing BAPIs of an SAP Business Object in the BOR. Caution From Release 4. Select an SAP Business Object in the application hierarchy in the Business Object Browser and expand the node Methods. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 18 . take a look at the parameters of existing BAPIs in the BOR. For example: • • • ExistenceCheck ChangePassword GetDetail If you are implementing one of the frequently used BAPIs use the appropriate generic name. A parameter name in the BOR cannot have more than 20 characters. then select a BAPI. for example. BAPI names must be meaningful and be in English. BAPIs are identified by the API indicator (green circle) to the right of the method name. and can only have a maximum of 30 characters. then finally select Parameter. Prerequisites The individual components of BAPI names are identified by the use of upper and lower case letters. This was not necessarily the case in earlier releases. • To get an idea about naming BAPI parameters.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Naming the Method in the BOR Purpose You can now plan the name of the BAPI method in the Business Object Repository (BOR). Naming Parameters in the BOR Purpose The parameter names of the methods in the Business Object Repository (BOR) are based on the parameter names in the function module. ChangePassword.

Parameters and their Names in the Function Module and in the BOR Contents Creditor number Name in Function Module CREDITORID Name in the BOR Defined as a key field of the Business Object Creditor and NOT as a BAPI parameter.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Example In the example in the previous steps six parameters for a BAPI were identified and names given to these parameters in the function module. CompanyCode CreditorGeneralData CreditorCompanyData Return CreditorBankData Company code General creditor details Specific creditor details Return parameter Bank details COMPANYCODE CREDITORGENERALDATA CREDITORCOMPANYDATA RETURN CREDITORBANKDATA _________ __________________________________________________________________ 19 . The table below shows what the parameter names could look like in the function module and in the BOR.

Writing the program for the function module. for example. structures. fields and domains. as described in Defining Methods in the BOR Using the BOR/BAPI Wizard. Also. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 20 . BAPI documentation is essential because it is very difficult to use a BAPI that has not been well documented. You should then verify that the parameters and parameter types of the method in the BOR match the parameters of the underlying function module in the Function Builder. Creating the function group in the Function Builder (if required). Process Flow To create the required programming objects in R/3 the following steps are required: • • • • Creating the Dictionary objects. • • • Using the program to map the internal data format onto the external data format. Make sure that the documentation is translated into the required languages. see Programming BAPIs for more information. The BAPI documentation must be written in the Function Builder for the function module that the BAPI is based on. Writing documentation for the BAPI. Creating the function module in the Function Builder. in the ABAP Dictionary.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Creating Individual Programming Objects Purpose After you have identified the individual programming objects and given them names you should create them in the R/3 System as required. Defining the function module as a method of the corresponding SAP Business Object in the BOR. as described in Conversion Between Internal and External Data Formats. Refer to Example of a Function Module.

To regenerate an existing function module you have to manually delete the function module and then generate it anew. This is necessary to be able to freeze the BAPI structure and to maintain a stable BAPI interface. However. You can use the generated function modules in the source code of your BAPI for: • • • • Mapping the internal working structures of the BAPI onto the external BAPI structures before the BAPI is called Mapping the result onto the internal structures after the BAPI call When implementing the BAPI. yet at the same time. to enable further development in the R/3 application. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 21 . mapping the result from the internal structure onto the BAPI (structuring export parameters) Features The function modules generated have the following functions: • • • • They map between German and English field names They convert ISO codes They convert currency amounts into the required internal or external format They convert internal and external keys such as those used by the PSP Element (Project structure plan) Any problems that could arise during data conversions are reported back using the RETURN parameter. Activities To generate the required function modules see Converting between Internal and External Data Formats.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Conversion between Internal and External Data Formats Use According to the guidelines BAPI interfaces should only have English field names. in the internal working structures of a BAPI German field names are often used. Limitations Occasionally you may have to manually edit the source code of a function module after it has been automatically generated. You can generate function modules which help to automatically convert and map the data. Moreover in one of the previous steps you created your own structures for your BAPI which are different from the structures used in R/3 applications. The Application Example illustrates the use of these function modules. mapping the inbound parameters onto the internal structure (structuring import parameters) When implementing the BAPI. For more information refer to Internal and External Data Formats. Existing function modules can not yet be regenerated with this transaction. As a result of these discrepancies the fields of the internal working structure of the BAPI must be mapped onto the fields of the BAPI interface before the BAPI is called.

For further information select F1 help for columns Status and Conv. The table contains the following columns: . To generate the function module. .e. 2. you must make sure that the internal and external structures exist. . Select Tools → Business Framework → BAPI Development → Generate module to map fields. i. . type. Select Continue.Conv. select Form to edit. In addition to the source text for the function module you can have a blank FORM routine added for your own program code if you have to make manual modifications. select Save. In the field Function group enter the name of the function group to which the generated function module is to be added.Field in internal structure Displays the fields of the internal structure to which/from which mapping is to be carried out. A table is displayed containing suggestions for the conversion of each field of the external BAPI structure. You can incorporate it into the source code of your BAPI as required. The input fields for the name of the function module and the short text contain suggested values which you can accept or change. Specify the required direction for mapping. Select Function module → Generate A dialog box is displayed in which you can enter details of the function module to be generated.Field in external structure Contains the field names of the external BAPI structure. The FORM routine contains the same parameters as the generated function module. is the internal structure to be mapped onto the external structure or vice versa. Step by Step Procedure To generate the function module follow the steps below: 1. 3. 4.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ 1 23 Converting Between Internal and External Data Formats Prerequisites Before you can generate the function modules to map between the internal working structures and the external BAPI structures. To do this. type Displays the conversion type. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 22 . Result The function module is stored in the Function Builder in the function group you specified. In the appropriate input fields enter the names of the external BAPI structure and the internal working structure you are making the conversion between.Status Indicates if the conversion is possible or if data is missing. 5.

the application developer can generate the function module. . This structure consists of the following fields: Fields in the internal working structure Field matnr waers stprs Description Material number Currency code Unit price Data element matnr waers stprs Domain matnr waers strps The BAPI structure bapi_material_price contains an ISO currency code and a currency amount. data: matnr like mara-matnr.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Application Example The BAPI used in this fictitious example can read the standard price of a material: bapi_material_get_price importing material like mara-matnr exporting material_price like bapi_material_price. The application code could be as follows: .. The external structure bapi_material_price contains the fields: Fields in the external BAPI structure Field currency_iso currency amount Description ISO currency code Currency code Amount Data element isocd waers bapimatprice Domain Isocd waers bapicurr The application programmer in the R/3 System who intends to use this BAPI uses the internal structure mat_preis in his or her own program.. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 23 .. After invoking the BAPI the application programmer must convert these fields into the internal format used in R/3 in order to be able to process the fields. preis like mat_preis. Using the function Generate module to map fields. which converts the currency and amount fields. map2i_bapi_material_price_to_mat_preis. bapi_preis like bapi_material_preis.. This function module has the following interface: function map2i_bapi_material_price_to_mat_preis importing external structure bapi_material_price changing internal structure mat_preis exceptions error_during_iso_convertion error_converting_currency_amount.

* Map and convert the result to internal format call function map2i_bapi_material_price_to_mat_preis exporting external = bapi_preis changing internal = preis. * * * exceptions error_during_iso_convertion error_during_currency_amount_conversion preis-matnr = matnr. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 24 .A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ * Call BAPI call function bapi_material_get_price exporting material = matnr changing material_price = bapi_preis.

Make sure that the parameter names of the method in the BOR are identical to the parameter names in the function module. 4. The application hierarchy is displayed. Texts Enter meaningful descriptions for your BAPI. A list of parameters and default names is displayed which you need to edit as required. Select Utilities → API Methods → Add method. On the initial Business Object Builder screen you can directly access the SAP Business Object if you know the technical name of the object (object type). Make sure that a BAPI is not dialog orientated. Each new word in the parameter name must start with a capital letter. 2. for example. To define your BAPI as a method of the Business Object: 1. 2. select Change. Select the required SAP Business Object in the application hierarchy and open it. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 25 . You will have to modify the suggested name. BAPI_CREDITOR_GETDETAIL and select Continue. When the relevant SAP Business Object is displayed. Select Next Step. Step by Step Procedure First find the relevant SAP Business Object in the BOR: 1. BAPIs are usually implemented synchronously. Example: If the name of the function module is BAPI_SALESORDER_GETSTATUS.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ 1 23 Defining Methods in the BOR Using the BOR/BAPI Wizard Prerequisites If the function module which your BAPI is based on has been fully implemented you can define it as a method of an SAP Business Object in the Business Object Repository (BOR). Select Tools → Business Framework → BAPI Development → Business Object Builder. 3. In the next dialog box enter the name of the function module. In the next dialog box indicate whether you want to display all object types or only business objects. Begin every new word of the method name with a capital letter and do not use underscores. based on the name of the function module. Otherwise select Business Object Repository. You should edit this so that the resulting name is GetStatus. so that only the method name is left. In the next dialog box specify the following information for the method to be defined: Method A default name for the method is provided. Synchronous. the suggested method name might be BapiSalesorderGetstatus. You use the BOR/BAPI-Wizard to do this. Delete the prefix BAPI and the business object name. Instance-independent Enter relevant details for your BAPI. Radio buttons Dialog. Then select Continue. You have already identified the technical name in Defining a BAPI and Its Interface.

To create the method select Yes in the next dialog box. Select Next Step. Result After the program has been generated and executed.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Also specify whether the individual table parameters are used for data import or data export. To do this look at the method in the BOR. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 26 . 5. check that all the definitions have been made correctly by the BOR/BAPI Wizard. Table parameters are marked with a tick in the column 'MLine' (multiple lines).

perform set_return using '10' changing return. check return is initial. check return-code is initial.. . The BAPI CompanyCode. Note the following in the source code: • • • • • The name of the function module is in the format: BAPI_<Business Object name>_<Method name>.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Example of a Function Module This example function module implements the BAPI CompanyCode. identified by the prefix BAPI.GetDetail reads details of a company code. * authority check: S_TABU_DIS V_T001 perform check_authority_t001 changing return.GetDetail of the SAP Business Object CompanyCode (BUS0002). if sy-subrc ne 0. *"-----------------------------------------------------*"*"Local interface: *" IMPORTING *" VALUE(COMPANYCODEID) LIKE BAPI0002_2-COMP_CODE *" EXPORTING *" VALUE(COMPANYCODE_DETAIL) LIKE BAPI0002_2 *" STRUCTURE BAPI0002_2 *" VALUE(COMPANYCODE_ADDRESS) LIKE BAPI0002_3 *" STRUCTURE BAPI0002_3 *" VALUE(RETURN) LIKE BAPIRETURN *" STRUCTURE BAPIRETURN *"-----------------------------------------------------.. * company code call function 'FI_COMPANY_CODE_DATA' exporting i_bukrs = companycodeid importing e_t001 = t001 exceptions error_message = 1 others = 0. Source Code: function bapi_companycode_getdetail. The function module performs authorization checks. endfunction.. The function module covers all exceptions. endif. Specific BAPI data structures are used. The key field parameter "COMPANYCODEID" is defined as the import parameter.. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 27 .

• By calling the BAPI in a Visual Basic program If possible write a program in Visual Basic to call the BAPI. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 28 . Select Create instance and specify the required instance. You need to know the technical name of the Business Object (object type) that you have already specified in Defining a BAPI and Its Interface. Call the Business Object Builder by selecting Tools → Business Framework → BAPI Development → Business Object Builder. Before you start testing make sure that the underlying function module has been completely implemented and that the BAPI has been correctly defined in the BOR as a Business Object method. You can enter the appropriate test values in the parameters of your function module and by running the test you can verify that the source code in the function module is processed without errors. Note that for an instance-dependent BAPI you have to first specify an instance before you can run the BAPI test. Process Flow You can test the BAPI in the following ways: • By calling the underlying function module You can individually test the function module in the Function Builder. • Check that the BAPI can be called by BAPI ActiveX Control. Result If you find any errors in the BAPI implementation. Check the availability of documentation in the different logon languages. To test the BAPI implementation.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Testing the BAPI Purpose After you have implemented the function module your BAPI is based on and you have defined the BAPI as an SAP Business Object method in the Business Object Repository (BOR) you should check that the BAPI functions properly. Specify the appropriate object type and then start running the test by selecting Test. • Testing the BAPI in the BOR You can test the BAPI by testing the individual method of the Business Object in the Business Object Builder. Prerequisites Carry out the test together with persons responsible for quality control in your development group. Check that the BAPI can be called by making RFC calls to the underlying function module. correct them and repeat the tests until you and the quality control team in your group are fully satisfied with the BAPI implementation. you need to specify appropriate test values in the parameters of the BAPI.

Place the cursor again on your BAPI in the Business Object Builder and select Utilities → API methods → Freeze method. Select the relevant SAP Business Object in the Business Object Builder and expand the node Methods. Once the BAPI has been released and frozen. Set the status of the method to 'released' in the Business Object Builder. Releasing and freezing also prevents anyone making incompatible changes to the BAPI. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 29 .A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ 1 23 Releasing and Freezing the BAPI After you have completed the function module and BAPI tests and you are satisfied that they function properly. You can now release the function module the BAPI is based on and the method in the Business Object Repository (BOR). Select Function module → Release → Release. and freeze the BAPI as a method in the BOR. it becomes available as a fully implemented Business Object method. because all changes made to a released and frozen BAPI are automatically checked for compatibility in the BOR and the ABAP Dictionary. To release and freeze a BAPI follow the steps below: • • First release the function module in the Function Builder. Place the cursor on your BAPI and select Edit → Change status → Released. • Check the new status of the function module in the Function Builder and the method in the BOR. the implementation is complete. For more information about what to look out for when making changes to existing BAPIs see Enhancements to Existing BAPIs. Releasing and freezing the BAPI should be done in cooperation with the persons responsible for the development objects involved and those responsible for quality control. and incompatible changes are rejected. Freeze the method.

such as the frequently used BAPIs. If required every BAPI must be able to carry out its own authorization checks. but use a different character set instead. select the most important parameters and combine them in structures in a meaningful way. Database changes can only be made through updates. Prerequisites To ensure that BAPIs. The differences are mainly due to the different characteristics and contents of SAP Business Objects. This is true for the BAPI itself and for any function module that may be indirectly called by the BAPI. It is not easy to formalize the functional scope of a BAPI. display a list on the screen. Because of this a BAPI should always select a range between A-Z.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Programming BAPIs Use This section describes how to program the BAPI you defined in the previous sections. in other words. Set and Get parameters and the global memory must not be used to transfer values. • Other Features Also pay attention to the following when you program BAPIs: • • • • • • • Programming Change BAPIs Programming Replicate/Clone BAPIs Programming Value Ranges Internal and External Data Formats Reporting Errors Providing Input Help (F4 Help) Improving the Performance of your BAPI _________ __________________________________________________________________ 30 . provide access to R/3 data and processes in a consistent way. you must follow certain rules when programming BAPIs. • • • • Recommendations • Minimize interface complexity. even those that perform similar functions. Every BAPI has a different functional content. Use the object/method model when choosing parameters and combining them in structures. These are: Mandatory Rules • A BAPI must not contain any dialogs. the BAPI must not return any R/3 screen dialogs to the calling application. as interfaces of SAP Business Objects. In other words. Application servers might not support ASCII. BAPIs must not produce any screen output. a-z and 0-9. If this is the case a problem may arise when you select quantities or ranges or when these are sorted. for example.

• _________ __________________________________________________________________ 31 . for example. • An additional change parameter must be created with the same number of fields and the same field names for every parameter in the BAPI containing modified field values. • ' ' (no value) This means that the corresponding parameter field does not have to be updated. • That way the BAPI can identify both modified and unmodified fields in the parameter. Features Two different approaches can be used to identify fields containing values that have been modified in a Change BAPI: • • Flagging fields to identify those fields containing modified values Comparing fields to identify those fields containing modified values 1. If the parameter is a table. one specific purchase order. This can have the following values: 'X' This value means that the corresponding parameter field contains a modified value. a Change BAPI must be able to identify fields that have been modified and fields that have stayed the same.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Programming Change BAPIs Use The BAPI Change modifies an existing instance of a SAP Business Object. You must use the data element BAPIUPDATE as the data element for the update fields. in the ABAP programming language or on other development platforms you cannot assign the value "null" to all data types in order to mark fields and thus indicate that the remaining fields contain update values. the name of the additional change parameter is EquiSalesX. must be marked with an update flag. the additional change parameter must also be a table. As the Change BAPI can carry out changes to existing data. Using an initial value is no solution because an initial value could also represent a valid new value. For instance. the fields in the additional change parameter whose counterparts in the corresponding parameter contain modifications. The additional change parameter must contain exactly the same number of fields and the same field names as the parameter. When the BAPI is called. Moreover. Follow the conventions below when you create change parameters to identify modified fields: • The name of the additional change parameter consists of the parameter name with the suffix "X". if the parameter is called EquiSales. Flagging Fields to Identify Those Fields Containing Modified Values In this approach parameter fields containing modified values are identified by a suitable flag in an additional "change parameter".

• The data in the compare parameter can first be checked against the current database contents to ascertain whether it has changed in the meantime. The additional compare parameter must contain exactly the same fields and the same structure as the parameter. • _________ __________________________________________________________________ 32 . When the Change BAPI is called all relevant fields in the compare parameter must be filled with the data at the time the database is read.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Example A Change BAPI is used to change the value of the existing distribution channel (Distr_Chan) to Distr_Chan="US". if the parameter is called EquiSales. This data could be. This indicates that the field Distr_Chan of the parameter EquiSales contains a modified value. If data in any field is different then the field contains data that must be changed. the data in the compare parameter can be compared field by field with the data in the corresponding parameter. For instance. This way any database changes made between the time the data was read and the time the database is updated can be identified. the name of the additional compare parameter is EquiSalesX. Then. The fields of the corresponding parameter may contain modified values. • When you create compare parameters follow these conventions: • The name of the additional compare parameter consists of the parameter name with the suffix "X". 2. The program objects in the R/3 System affected by this change are: Program Object SAP Business Object BAPI Parameter Fields in parameter EquiSales Name PieceOfEquipment Change EquiSales SalesOrg='abcd' Distr_Chan='US' Division='efgh' EquiSalesX SalesOrg=' ' Distr_Chan='X' Division=' ' Change parameter that identifies modified fields Fields in parameter EquiSalesX In the parameter EquiSalesX the value in the field Distr_Chan is 'X'. the result of a previous GetDetail BAPI call. Comparing Fields to Identify Those Fields Containing Modified Values In this approach parameter fields containing modified values are identified by comparing them with the fields in an additional "compare parameter": • • An additional compare parameter must be created with the same structure for each BAPI parameter containing update values. for example. The BAPI Change then overwrites the existing value in the field Distr_Chan with the current value in the field Distr_Chan in the parameter EquiSales.

that means. Approach 1: Better for performance critical applications. Compare data does not have to be read. Approach 2: Better for dialog-orientated applications with critical data. Approach 1: Fields containing modifications can be flagged. Approach 2: Can carry out check against current database to identify and prevent inconsistencies. less demands are placed on caller. Approach 2: BAPI programming is simpler.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Advantages of Both Approaches The advantages of each approach are shown in the table below: Area Performance Advantage Approach 1: Flag table can be compressed. Programming Check facilities Comprehension Application _________ __________________________________________________________________ 33 .

A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Programming Replicate/Clone BAPIs Use To replicate a business object you can implement Replicate/Clone BAPIs. The interface of these BAPIs depends on the characteristics and contents of the business object that is to be cloned. The BAPI's import parameters have to identify the business objects to be cloned. This method must be implemented for each business object to be cloned. Moreover. All the data required for cloning an individual business object must be provided in the import parameters. For this reason these BAPIs must be implemented for each business object. depending on the specific requirements of your BAPI: • Clone The BAPI Clone is used by a system to replicate one business object on another system or to modify one business object that has already been cloned. The cloned business objects are created under the same object key. material with or without plant data). The objective of replication is to make specific instances of a business object available on one or more additional systems. You can also add other import parameters. depending on what is most practical for the business object. at least one of the BAPIs below must be implemented for each business object to be cloned. Each Clone BAPI must contain the import parameter Sender which identifies the system that sends or owns the business object. Business objects can be cloned in two ways: • By request ("Pull") System "A" requests clones from system "B". Each Replicate BAPI must contain the parameter CloneReceivers which specifies the systems on which the business objects are to be replicated. • Using subscription lists ("Push") System "B" maintains a list of systems requiring clones. Only create the Parameter RETURN as an export parameter. to request all the materials belonging to a material group or to delimit the amount of data in the business object to be cloned (for example. If only parts of an object are to be cloned rather than the whole object. Then system "B" replicates the requested business objects on system "A". for example. At regular intervals system "B" replicates the business objects on all the systems in the list. You can do this by using a range table for the key fields of the business object. Only create the Parameter RETURN as an export parameter. You should decide to implement one of these BAPIs. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 34 . The BAPI Replicate requests the replication of a business object. you can use other optional import parameters. You can specify whether the replication is carried out immediately or at a later time and in a separate step. The actual replication is carried out when the server system invokes one of the Clone BAPIs described below on the client system. Features Both of the above cloning methods can be implemented with the following BAPIs: • Replicate A client system uses the Replicate BAPI to request clones of business objects from a server system.

If only parts of objects are to be cloned rather than whole objects. Unlike the BAPI Clone.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ This BAPI should be used for more complex objects that will not be cloned in large numbers. Each CloneMultiple BAPI must contain the import parameter Sender which identifies the system that sends or owns the business objects. All the relevant data for cloning several business objects must be provided in the import parameters. Only create the Parameter RETURN as an export parameter. Although the BAPI CloneMultiple is more efficient than the BAPI Clone. it does require a far more complex interface and error handling process. This BAPI should be used for objects with small amounts of data. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 35 . the BAPI CloneMultiple can clone or modify several instances of an object at the same time. • CloneMultiple The BAPI CloneMultiple is used by a system to replicate several business objects on another system or to modify several business objects that have already been cloned. you can use other optional import parameters.

have to enable BAPI users to specify appropriate selection criteria.g. e. CP (contains pattern) or BAPIOPTION NP (does not contain pattern) Lower limit of value range Upper limit of value range Application specific. MATNR You can use the function module BALW_RANGES_CHECK to check the values entered in SIGN and OPTION. e.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Programming Value Ranges Use The parameters in BAPIs that can be used to search for specific instances of a business object. MATNR Application specific. Prerequisites To enable the use of selection criteria you have to create the relevant selection parameters of the BAPI as a structure or table with the following fields: Fields for Value Ranges Field Name SIGN OPTION LOW HIGH Description Selection operator that determines whether the range specified is to be included or excluded. e. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 36 . Data element BAPISIGN Compare operator. for example.g. BAPI CustomerCode.g.GetList.

Examples are work breakdown structure plans or networks in project systems. a shared strategy for representing data in the BAPI interface must be used. BAPIs are programming interfaces. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 37 . you can use the transaction described in Converting Between Internal and External Data Formats. In particular. should not be used in the BAPI interface in any other format than the format used in the database. All R/3 currency data types have two digits after the decimal point. MM the month and DD the day.02. for instance. Fields such as a date field. These exceptions are listed below. if two Yen are stored in the field of data type CURR as 0. the data type CURR cannot be used in the BAPI interface.e. so that the decimal point in the amounts can be set correctly. BAPIs should only carry out data conversions between the data format used in the database and external formats used by the calling program in exceptional circumstances. For example. even though currencies do exist with three digits after the decimal point. the decimal point in quantity fields must be converted correctly. Adhere to the following guidelines when using currency amount fields in BAPIs: You must not use parameters and fields of data type CURR in the interface All parameters and fields for currency amounts must use the domain BAPICURR The position of the decimal point in currency amount fields must be converted correctly You can use two function modules for this conversion. i. • Internal keys In some situations an internal technical key is maintained in the database alongside the external key. a non-SAP system cannot reasonably be expected to understand these semantics. Accordingly. a field for the currency code must be assigned to each currency amount field. the use of values that affect Customizing or are language dependent must be avoided. not application interfaces. These exceptions are: • Currency amount fields In an R/3 System a currency amount field is only useful when a currency code accompanies it.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Internal and External Data Formats Use BAPIs are programming interfaces used in the most diverse application areas. To meet the requirements of this diverse range of applications. • Quantity fields Like currency amount fields. A unit of measure field must be assigned to every quantity field. The function module BAPI_CURRENCY_CONV_TO_INTERNAL converts currency amounts from external data formats into internal data formats. To convert data formats in these exceptional circumstances. YYYYMMDD. to connect non-SAP systems or PC products to the R/3 System. where YYYY is the year. Exceptions Because of the reasons above. Quantity fields have no general domain that can be used for BAPI structures. The function module BAPI_CURRENCY_CONV_TO_EXTERNAL converts currency amounts from R/3 internal data formats into external data formats. For these reasons.

the field LANGU contains the country codes used internally in R/3. currency. and unit of measure fields. Fieldname_for_SAPCode_ISO for the field containing the ISO code. In such cases the calling program must be able to convert between the internal and external data formats. • ISO codes In R/3 Systems ISO codes are currently supported for language. only the internal data format should be used. no conversion takes place and the values are returned unconverted.DataConversionInt2Ext This BAPI converts the internal data format into the required external data format. When you import data into the BAPI the ISO code is only significant if no value was given in the SAP code. The following conversion BAPIs exist for this purpose. The calling program uses them to obtain the required data formats: • • BapiService. country. If you use one or more of these fields in your BAPI you have to make two fields available for each of these fields in the BAPI interface: one field containing the SAP code and another containing its corresponding ISO code. to display data on the screen.DataConversionExt2Int This BAPI converts the external data format into the required internal data format. However. If this is not the case. BapiService. The corresponding field for the ISO code would then be named LANGU_ISO and would contain the corresponding ISO code EN. Use the domains below for the ISO codes: Domains for SAP internal codes and ISO codes Size Currency key Unit of measure Language key Country key ISO Code Domain isocd isocd_unit laiso intca SAP Code Domain waers meins spras land1 For every domain there is a data element of the same name. Use the naming convention. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 38 .A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ You must always use the external key in the BAPI interface. Conversion routines are maintained in the ABAP Dictionary for the domains on which the data to be converted are based. For example. BAPIs for Converting Between Internal and External Data Formats (Converting Domains) BAPIs are programming interfaces in which. Implement the BAPI as follows: When you export data from the BAPI both fields must contain corresponding values. for example. for instance E. application programmers calling a BAPI from within their program may sometimes require the external format. with a few exceptions.

A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Reporting Errors Use A BAPI should be able to record and classify all possible errors that may occur. whose components are described in the table below. You have to create a parameter named RETURN for every BAPI. This parameter returns exception messages or success messages to the calling program. This is empty if no log used. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 39 . or as a table parameter. Caution From Release 4. All error messages or indeed any message that may be returned by the BAPI must be defined in table T100.1 In Release 3. Full message text from table T100.0 the return parameter must be based on one of the two reference structures described below. Before filling the RETURN parameter you should either initialize the structure with CLEAR or the table with REFRESH and CLEAR.0 onwards From Release 4. Return parameter in Release 3. A general error message has to be sent for those error situations that cannot sufficiently be identified and distinguished. The parameter RETURN can either be implemented as an export parameter and thus as a structure. Current number of message in application log.0 you must not use Exceptions in a BAPI interface. If the RETURN parameter is not set or is set to an initial value this means that an error has occurred. CODE CHAR 5 MESSAGE LOG_NO LOG_MSG_NO CHAR 220 CHAR 20 NUMC 6 Return Parameter from Release 4. This message can then be processed by the calling program in a different program branch.1 the Return parameter is based on the structure BAPIRETURN. All variables have been replaced with text. In this Release the Return parameter is filled by the function module BALW_BAPIRETURN_GET. Features The structure of the parameter RETURN is dependent on the R/3 Release the BAPI is developed for. Structure of BAPIRETURN Field TYPE Type CHAR 1 Description S = success message E = error message W = warning message I = information message A = termination message (Abort) The first two characters are used for the message class and the remaining ones for the message number (key fields from table T100). Number of application log.

The structure BAPIRET2 is filled via the function module BALW_BAPIRETURN_GET2. it can identify the field containing this value in the returned error message using the additional fields in the structure BAPIRET2. However. The two structures are: • BAPIRETURN1 This structure is filled via the function module BALW_BAPIRETURN_GET1. It contains the following fields: Field TYPE Type CHAR 1 Description S = success message E = error message W = warning message I = information message A = termination message (abort) Message ID Message number Full message text from table T100.0. All variables have been replaced with text Number of application log. All variables have been replaced with text Number of application log. use only the first two characters of the message ID. if you want messages to be compatible with earlier R/3 Releases.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Both structures take into account the name space extension of the message ID made in Release 4. Only use this structure if you need the functionality of the additional fields to minimize the complexity of the parameter. Both structures must be filled in the logon language. This is empty if no log is used Current number of message in application log ID NUMBER MESSAGE LOG_NO CHAR 20 NUMC 3 CHAR 220 CHAR 20 LOG_MSG_NO • NUMC 6 BAPIRET2 This reference structure contains the additional fields PARAMETER. It contains the following fields: Field TYPE Type CHAR 1 Description S = success message E = error message W = warning message I = information message A = termination message (abort) Message ID Message number Full message text from table T100. If a BAPI ascertains that an invalid value has been entered in a field. ROW and FIELD in which error messages can be assigned to a specific field. This is empty if no log is used Current number of message in application log ID NUMBER MESSAGE LOG_NO CHAR 20 NUMC 3 CHAR 220 CHAR 20 LOG_MSG_NO NUMC 6 _________ __________________________________________________________________ 40 .

the calling application can define its own additional error tables.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ PARAMETER ROW CHAR 32 INT 4 Identifies the parameter containing the invalid value Identifies the line number of the data record containing the invalid value Identifies the field containing the invalid value FIELD CHAR 30 Application Log and Application Error Tables If the information provided in the Return parameter is not sufficient. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 41 . The use of the application log and/or error tables is optional. The calling program then has immediate control over the contents of the error table and does not have to first search for error messages. you can log errors with the application log. The logging should be done by the BAPI itself so that function modules called directly by this BAPI do not have to be modified. The Return parameter in your BAPI could give details of the messages in the error tables. If this still does not provide enough information. There are no set guidelines for these additional tables. if there are error messages (type E) in the table. for example.

In order to provide input help for a field.GetList method refers to the help view for the check table. for example. matchcodes and domain fixed values see the ABAP Dictionary. This is necessary because the HelpValues. For example. BUS1065. the user of a Visual Basic program which incorporates a BAPI to display or modify data in R/3 should have transparent access to the functionality of the F4 input help. This table comprises the following fields which you have to fill with the corresponding entries of your BAPI. Note Whenever possible. To do this you can carry out authorization checks within your BAPI: Table BAPIF4T is provided for this purpose. matchcodes or domain fixed values in the reference structure of a field in order to enable a calling program to access the valid input values for the field. for example. an elementary input help could be specified for the data element PERNR_D and be protected from unauthorized access.GetList method is available in the documentation for the function module BAPI_HELPVALUES_GET. This method is based on the RFC-capable function module BAPI_HELPVALUES_GET. For example. Features In order to enable the HelpValues.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Providing Input Help (F4 Help) Use Users of an R/3 System can use the F4 key to obtain information about the possible input values for a certain field on the screen.GetList. matchcodes or domain fixed values linked to the field in the ABAP Dictionary. Information about the possible input values for a field should also be available to those users who are working with the data in the R/3 System from an external program. This function module must have the following predefined interface: _________ __________________________________________________________________ 42 . Detailed information about the structure and use of the HelpValues. a calling program can use the method HelpValues. you should therefore specify the appropriate check table. which obtains the possible input values for a field that is passed in a BAPI call. METHOD (verb) The name of a BAPI for the Business Object named above. matchcodes or domain fixed values for that field in the field's reference structure. Authorization Check In some situations it will be necessary to only allow those persons with a particular user profile to access to information in F4 possible entries. via BAPI calls. you must create or specify the appropriate check table. For information about check tables. • FNAM (name of function module) The name of the function module you have to create and that carries out the authorization check for the data element. DTEL (data element) The name of a data element for which a possible entry is specified. GetList.GetList method to obtain the valid input values for a field in your BAPI and return them to the calling program. • • • OBJTYPE (object type) The technical name of the SAP Business Object.

FNAM _________ __________________________________________________________________ 43 .. FNAM OBJTYPE. Business Object BAPI Data element OBJTYPE..A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ *"------------------------------------------------------*"*"Local interface: *" IMPORTING *" VALUE(OBJTYPE) LIKE BAPIF4F-OBJTYPE *" VALUE(METHOD) LIKE BAPIF4F-METHOD *" VALUE(DTEL) LIKE BAPIF4F-DTEL *" VALUE(SHLPNAME) LIKE BAPIF4F-SHLPNAME *" VALUE(TABNAME) LIKE BAPIF4F-TABNAME *" EXPORTING *" VALUE(RETURN) LIKE BAPIF4F-RETURN *"--------------------------------------------------------- As the template for your function module you can use the function module BF_BAPI_F4_AUTHORITY which provides exactly this interface..the following fields in table BAPIF4T must level. method or data element level: To carry out authorization check at this . During runtime the function module is called dynamically by the BAPI HelpValues.. METHOD. METHOD. be filled.GetList. Copy this function module and follow the documentation provided with it. DTEL. The parameter TABNAME contains the name of the value table. ' ' (no value) if the user of the BAPI is authorized to display the input values for a field. The return code of the parameter RETURN is: 'X' if the user of the BAPI is not authorized to call up the valid input values for a field. The additional parameter SHLPNAME contained in the function module interface provides the name of the active input help for the table or for the data element. An authorization check can be carried out at Business Object. FNAM OBJTYPE.

Do not define parallel processes. You can reduce the duration of database locks and the risk of blocking other processes by making database updates as close as possible to the commit work command. whereas a statistic based on plant and material will cause fewer locks because it will apply to fewer BAPIs. for example in the local memory of the function module. for example a list containing many entries. Minimize the duration of database locks by making updates after inserts. lock only parts of a development object. For example. causing the record to be locked. Only the data that is actually displayed is sent to the front end. You need to cover the situation when your BAPI has to read mass data. The less specific the key of a modified data record is. Buffer data. Additional guidelines for BAPI programming The function module on which a BAPI is based can be accessed by external programs via RFC. or your BAPI could return a message to the calling programm indicating that the amount of data has exceeded a certain limit and that a new selection should be made. Minimize the use of read transactions which depend on a previous database commit (committed read). For this reason. Avoid unnecessary database access. Make use of buffers when assigning numbers to reduce lock periods. and in programs developed on external development platforms such as Visual Basic. Do not generate programs at runtime. In contrast to updates. Do make use of arrays. inserts do not lock the database. you could specify a limit so that only the first n data records are read. In contrast. If large amounts of data are read in the R/3 System. the majority of the data remains on the application server. resulting in a heavy network load and increased memory requirements on the part of the client system. such as: • • • • • • Use only complete WHERE conditions to minimize the amount of data to be transferred. which use the SAPgui (graphical user interface) as a front end. you should follow these additional guidelines when programming BAPIs: • Large amounts of data Mass data is treated differently in ABAP programs. running a statistic on plant level will have a negative impact on the performance of the BAPI. Note that you must not buffer data in the global memory. the more likely it is that the data record will be accessed by multiple BAPIs. Ensure that you have chosen the correct order of the update modules. on a Visual Basic platform. the entire data is transferred to the client system from the application server.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Improving the Performance of your BAPI Use In order to improve the performance of your BAPI. if possible. These read transactions have to wait for the commit work command of the update transaction to be processed. All tables that are not protected by SAP internal locks must always be updated in the same order to prevent a deadlock. For example. Try not to lock entire development objects. you should adhere to the general guidelines of ABAP programming. • • • • • • • • _________ __________________________________________________________________ 44 .

Incompatible Interface Enhancements Changes to the contents or functionality of a BAPI often result in the introduction of new parameters without which the interface can no longer function. once a BAPI is released and frozen. because they no longer enable the BAPI to be upward or downward compatible. it must fulfill certain requirements as to the stability of its interface. The BOR also provides version control for your BAPIs. if these are added to the end of a structure A field is considered to be optional if it can be left out completely in a BAPI call. You can differentiate between compatible and incompatible BAPI enhancements: Compatible Interface Enhancements Compatible interface enhancements are modifications to a BAPI which do not compromise the BAPI's upward or downward compatibility. Note Enhancements to BAPIs only take effect when you have defined the changes in the BOR.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Enhancements to Existing BAPIs Purpose Application developers who are using BAPIs in their application programs must be able to rely on the fact that the BAPI's interface is not going to change.GetList which can be used as an additional selection criteria for selecting sales orders in the R/3 System. Examples of syntax changes are changes to parameter names. you need to ensure that any syntax changes or changes to the contents or functionality of the BAPI are upward and downward compatible. As a result of this. Example A new parameter is added to the BAPI SalesOrder. Such modifications are considered to be incompatible. that is. Incompatible interface enhancements are: • • • Changes to the field length Changes to the field type Inserting a field within a structure _________ __________________________________________________________________ 45 . the compatibility of changes to the contents or functional scope of a BAPI can only be safeguarded by the person developing the BAPI. Compatible interface enhancements are: • New optional parameters A parameter is considered to be optional if it can be left out completely in a BAPI call. changes have been saved and generated. or changes to the type or length of a domain. Often. Whereas the compatibility of syntax changes is automatically checked by the ABAP Dictionary. If you continue developing your BAPI after you have released and frozen it. • New optional fields. these changes also cause existing parameters to lose their original meaning.CreateFromData. Applications which access the BAPI are not affected by compatible interface enhancements. Example An additional input field for the applicant's educational background is added to the BAPI Applicant.

To do so. is created. in order to maintain the interface integrity of the existing BAPI SalesOrder. During this time the original BAPI must remain fully functional and executable. if required). SalesOrder. must be created. SalesOrder. The graphic below illustrates the expiry phase of a BAPI. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 46 . Provide release notes during the entire retirement phase of the BAPI to inform your users about the changes. Example A number of incompatible changes must be made to the BAPI SalesOrder. When adding a new import parameter. yet another BAPI. Do not remove the original BAPI from the Business Object Repository (BOR) once it has been superseded by an additional BAPI. the new parameter can be added as a compatible interface enhancement. document which method or methods are to be used as alternatives to the expiring BAPI. If so. This number can then be incremented should further enhancements become necessary. Otherwise you will have to make an incompatible interface enhancement. Give the new BAPI the same name as the existing BAPI and add a number at the end of the name. To implement these changes. create an additional BAPI (or more. you should attempt to make compatible changes in order to limit the impact of your modifications on existing programs which use the BAPI.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ • • Deleting parameters and fields Adding new mandatory fields or mandatory parameters Process Flow When continuing the development of your BAPI.CreateFromData2. • • In the BOR. you must not make this change to the existing BAPI. Instead. Instead.CreateFromData. select the relevant SAP Business Object in the Business Object Builder and open the node Methods. consider whether the interface would function without the parameter. BAPI Expiry Phase The following tasks are required when a BAPI has expired: • Identify the status of the original BAPI as 'expired' in the BOR.CreateFromData1. Position the cursor on the BAPI and select Edit → Change status to → Expired. you first identify this BAPI as expired and continue its support in the release in which you have introduced the new BAPI as well as in the release subsequent to that. as described in this section.CreateFromData. If additional incompatible modifications must be made to the BAPI at a later date. a new BAPI. Procedure With Incompatible Interface Changes If it is necessary to make an incompatible change to your BAPI.

A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Checks in the ABAP Dictionary Syntax changes to a BAPI are automatically checked against the ABAP Dictionary: • • Incompatible changes to data elements. Compatible changes or changes to data elements. domains or structures of a BAPI that has not been released are accepted by the ABAP Dictionary. domains or structures that are being used by a BAPI that has been released are rejected by the ABAP Dictionary. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 47 . This prevents unintentional and erroneous modifications to BAPI structures.

To do this: • Copy the function module the BAPI is based on into the customer name space. as described in Defining Methods in the BOR Using the BOR/BAPI Wizard Make sure you give the method a name taken from the customer name space. enhancements. You can also modify the BAPI source code but do follow the "Guidelines for Modifying the SAP Standard System". Refer to Enhancements to the SAP Standard. For example. Make the required changes to the new function module by changing the interface and the source code as required. When you have changed and tested the function module and its interface you can define it as a new method of the appropriate business object. however. Modifications You can modify an existing BAPI interface provided that only new optional parameters are involved.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Customer Modifications of BAPIs Purpose You can make enhancements or modifications to existing BAPIs. you could copy the function module BAPI_CUSTOMERCODE_GETLIST into Y_BAPI_CUSTOMERCODE_GETLIST. This section focuses specifically on customer enhancements and modifications of BAPIs rather than on customer enhancements in general. in the ABAP Dictionary. Enhancements At present there are no customer exits or application-specific exits for BAPIs. For this reason SAP recommends that. Customizing There are no special Customizing settings for BAPIs. See also Enhancements to Existing BAPIs. for the time being you use one of the procedures described below to make modifications to a BAPI's source code so as not to change the SAP Standard System in the process: Creating a BAPI for an existing Business Object You can copy an existing BAPI and add it to an existing Business Object as a new BAPI. For example. if you have modified the BAPI GetList of the Business Object CustomerCode. The following sections describe how BAPIs can be adapted within the framework of each of these four ways. This way all methods of the object are _________ __________________________________________________________________ 48 • • . Keep in mind that an improved mechanism for making customer modifications of the SAP Standard System will be introduced in a later R/3 Release. Process Flow There are four ways the standard R/3 System can be adapted to meet customer needs: Customizing. For further information see also "Guidelines for Modifying the SAP Standard System" in SAPnet. New fields can be added at the end of a BAPI interface structure. See also Enhancements to Existing BAPIs. Changes can be made. you should define your development as the method YGetList. Creating a BAPI for a new Business Object You can create a subtype for an existing object type. Before you decide to modify an SAP BAPI familiarize yourself with the general procedure for making customer enhancements to the SAP standard system. modifications and customers' own developments.

You can then make changes to the copied method. This object type (subtype) acquires all methods of the existing object type. make sure that you have given your method in the BOR and the function module a name from the customer name space. To do this: • Copy an existing Business Object type into the customer name space. Follow the "Guidelines for Modifying the SAP Standard System" when creating other required development objects. For example. you could copy the Business Object SalesOrder into YSalesOrder. You can now change the required BAPI of the Business Object YSalesOrder by creating a new function module for the BAPI and assigning it to the method using the BOR/BAPIWizard. • Your Own Developments Using the information in these guidelines you can also create new methods for Business Objects. this means the names must begin with X or Y. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 49 . If you do.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ inherited by the subtype.

This IDoc is dispatched to the target system. This section provides a general overview of points you should keep in mind when implementing a BAPI to exchange data asynchronously. If the connection is interrupted the client system would not be able to function properly. Prerequisites Before you can implement a BAPI used to transfer data asynchronously in ALE. This transaction is described in detail in ALE Programming. From Release 4. For these reasons asynchronous messaging is used for data communication between the participating systems in ALE distribution scenarios. the associated IDoc and the two function modules. In the target system another function module is used to call the BAPI with the data from the IDoc. In this situation a synchronous interface cannot be used because performance would be too low. You can use a transaction to create the additional objects required for the BAPI in this process. If one of the following conditions applies then you should implement your BAPI as an asynchronous interface: • • Consistent database changes in both systems Data must be updated consistently on both the local system and on the remote system.0 you can implement an asynchronous BAPI interface by generating an IDoc from the BAPI and using it in an appropriate ALE distribution scenario.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Implementing BAPIs in ALE Scenarios Purpose Since Release 3. Process Flow When a BAPI is used to exchange data asynchronously within the context of ALE the following processes are involved: • • • When the BAPI is called in the sending system. Additional Guidelines If you are sure you want to implement your BAPI as an asynchronous interface you should _________ __________________________________________________________________ 50 . Loose coupling means that the individual systems for the most part communicate asynchronously with each other. For further information on ALE technology and using BAPIs in the context of ALE see ALE Programming. Even if one of the systems fails. the remaining systems must be able to continue to function. a function module fills the corresponding IDoc with the data from the BAPI call. Loose coupling A synchronous interface would constitute too narrow a coupling between the client and the server system. or a communications link is interrupted. • Performance The interface is frequently used or it deals with large volumes of data.0 ALE (Application Link Enabling) technology has enabled data to be exchanged between individual distributed SAP Systems and non-SAP systems. In distributed environments it is particularly important that the individual systems are loosely coupled together and are independent of each other. make sure that a BAPI of this type is actually required for the task in hand. that is.

All BAPI export parameters with the exception of the Return parameter are ignored and are not included in the IDoc that is generated. _________ __________________________________________________________________ 51 . After the function module which converts the IDoc into the corresponding BAPI in the receiving system has been called. status records are written for the IDoc in which messages sent in the Return parameter are logged. If the field type is filled with E (error) or A (abort) in at least one of the transferred Return parameter entries. the status 51 (application document has not been posted) is assigned to all the status records of the IDoc.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ keep in mind the following points in addition to the usual BAPI programming guidelines: • • • • The BAPI must not issue a Commit Work command. Otherwise status 53 is assigned (application document posted). The BAPI Return parameter must use the reference structure BAPIRETURN1 or BAPIRET2.

BAPI Implementation Checklist OK? Task Defining the scenario in which the BAPI will be used Have you defined the scenario in which the BAPI is to be used? Have you identified the SAP Business Object involved? Have you defined the functional scope of the BAPI? Have you defined the relationship between the BAPI you are planning to implement and other. Print this checklist and use the printout during the entire implementation phase of your BAPI.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ 1 23 BAPI Implementation Checklist This checklist summarizes the individual steps you need to complete when implementing a BAPI. related BAPIs? Is the functionality to be implemented by the BAPI exclusively within the scope of the associated Business Object? Is the BAPI assigned to the appropriate SAP Business Object? Has there been a review of the BAPI concept and scenario? Defining the BAPI Have you identified the SAP Business Object in the Business Object Repository to which the BAPI will be added as a method? Have you identified the key fields of this Business Object? Have you defined the interface of the BAPI? Have you included the key fields of the SAP Business Object in the BAPI interface? Have you included a Return parameter? Have you identified the name of the function group or have you planned a _________ __________________________________________________________________ 52 . Ensure that you answer "yes" to each item on the list.

A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ name for a new function group to be created? Have you planned the name of the function module on which the BAPI is based. IMPORTING and TABLES parameters? Have you included the key fields of the SAP Business Object as parameters of the function module (i. depending on whether the BAPI is instancedependent or instance-independent)? Have you assigned correct names to the parameters in the function module? Do the function module parameters for the Business Object's key fields have the same name as the key fields of the Business Object in the BOR? Is the name of each parameter in the function module a maximum of 20 characters in length? Are the names of the parameters in the function module in English? Have you avoided the use of abbreviations in the names of function module parameters? Did you ensure that none of the parameters in the function module is customizing-relevant or affects system settings in any other way? Is the interface independent of the current customizing settings of the system? Are all IMPORTING parameters independent from each other. using the format BAPI_<Business Object name>_<method name>? Defining the interface parameters in the function module Have you defined the function module interface using only EXPORTING.e.0)? Defining the structures and fields of the function module parameters _________ __________________________________________________________________ 53 . i. did you ensure that none of the parameters is derived from another? Have you defined the formats in which the values must be transferred in the function module interface? Are you using the Dictionary structure BAPIRETURN1 or BAPIRET2 for the Return parameter (as of Release 4.e.

GetList)? Defining the BAPI in the Business Object Repository Have you planned the name of the method in the BOR? Have you defined the names of the parameters in the BOR? Are the names of the parameters a maximum of 20 characters in length? Did you choose English names for the parameters? Are the names of the parameters of the method in the BOR and the names of the parameters in the function module the same? _________ __________________________________________________________________ 54 . LOW and HIGH for the corresponding BAPI parameter that selects values (for example. OPTION. or by using a GetDetail BAPI? Have you used a structure with the fields SIGN. Material. by obtaining input help (F4 help). preferably those names that have been assigned to the corresponding data elements in the ABAP Dictionary? Can the user of your BAPI access the values for each import field either by referring to the documentation.A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Have you assigned a corresponding currency code field to each field with currency amounts? Have you assigned a field for the unit of measure to each quantity field? Have you defined Dictionary structures for each function module parameter? Do the names of the Dictionary structures start with BAPI? Are these structures independent of the structures used in the R/3 application? Have you defined the fields in the Dictionary structures? Have you defined Help views or fixed values for the fields in order to enable your BAPI to provide input help (F4 help) for each field? Are the field names a maximum of 10 characters in length? Have you used English names for the fields.

if required? Did you create the function module? Did you create the documentation for the BAPI in the Function Builder? Did you use the program to map between internal and external data formats? Did you write the program for your function module? Did you use the BOR/BAPI wizard to define the BAPI as a method in the BOR? Are the parameter names and types of the method in the BOR and of the function module in the Function Builder the same? Documentation Did you write appropriate documentation for the BAPI in the Function Builder? Is the documentation complete? Has the documentation been translated into the required languages? Testing the BAPI Did you test the function module using the test environment of the Function Builder? Did you test the BAPI using the test environment of the Business Object Builder? Did you test the BAPI by calling the method via the BAPI ActiveX Control? _________ __________________________________________________________________ 55 .A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Did you ensure that there are no underscores in the parameter names? Did you start each new word in a method name with a capital letter? Creating the objects in the R/3 System Did you create the required Dictionary objects? Did you create the function group.

A Tutorial on Business Application Programming Interface_____________________________ Did you test the BAPI by making an RFC call to the underlying function module? Did you test the documentation for its completeness. correctness and availability in the required logon languages? Has the BAPI been released and frozen? _________ __________________________________________________________________ 56 .