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ABAP/4 Data Dictionary

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Detail Description of ABAP/4 Data Dictionary.

Data Dictionary
The ABAP/4 Dictionary describes the logical structure of the objects used in application
development and shows how they are mapped to the underlying relational database in tables
or views.
Tables, Structures and Views are the three most important objects of ABAP/4 Dictionary.
Tables are defined independently of the database. Once these objects are defined and
activated they are available to all system components thus ensuring data integrity, data
consistency and data security.
ABAP/4 Dictionary is completely integrated with the ABAP/4 Development workbench.
The basic objects for defining data in the ABAP/4 Dictionary are tables, domains and data
elements. Domains are used for the technical definition (for example field type, field length) of
a table field, and data elements for the semantic definition (for example, short description).
Fields are not independent objects: they are dependent on tables and can therefore only be
maintained within a table; they refer to data elements.
Each data element is dependent on the existence of a domain. Data Elements determine how
a field is displayed to the end-user. These are objects in their own rights and appear in the
object browser as separately. And since they are objects, once defined they can be reused
within the same table or among fields in other tables in the dictionary.
The data element is the semantic attribute for fields/domain. It describes exactly one role of a
domain in a particular business context for its dependent fields.
It describes the technical attributes and the meaning of a table field or a structure field. It also
contains the semantic Information of a field. Semantic Information includes Field labels for
The domain is the central object for describing the technical characteristics of an attribute of a
business object. It describes the value range of a field. This is determined by specifying formal
characteristics such as external format, length and so on. In addition, specifying fixed values or
a value table can restrict the value range.
Domains can be defined without further references to other Dictionary objects. Like Data
Elements, Domains are also stored as objects in the Dictionary. And you can reuse the
Domain object for different fields within the same table or among fields in other tables.
In the ABAP/4 Dictionary, relationships can be defined between tables. These relationships
are known as foreign keys and must be explicitly defined at field level.
Foreign keys are used above all to ensure the consistency of data. Data entered should be
checked against existing data to ensure that there are no contradictions. (For example:
assignment of a printer that does not exist.)
A combination of fields of a table is identified as a foreign key if this combination is a primary
key in another table.
A foreign key provides a link between two tables T1 and T2. Both the tables should have the
same field names existing in them. In table T1 there is a reference to the primary key of table
T2. In T1, the foreign key fields are assigned to the primary key fields of T2. The table to be
checked i.e. Table T1 is called the foreign key table (dependent table) and table T2 is called
the check table (referenced table).
The fields from the two tables, which are paired to form the foreign key relationship, should be
of the same data type and length. In other word one foreign key from one table should
correspond with the primary key of the other table.
If a foreign key is defined between two tables, a record of the foreign key table refers to a
record of the check table. A record is identified via its key, so in the foreign key definition in the
foreign key field it is sufficient to refer to the primary key of the check table.
In order to avoid the comparison of fields with different data types and field lengths, the same
domain is required within the ABAP/4 Dictionary behind the check field and the referenced
primary key field.

The requirement that the domain be the same applies only to the foreign key definition
for the check field. For all other foreign key fields, it is sufficient if the data class and
field lengths are the same. You should nevertheless ensure that the domain is the same.
When the field length is changed, the foreign key remains consistent, because both the
assigned fields have been changed (same domain). When the domains are not the same,
the foreign key becomes inconsistent when the field length, for example, is changed.
In short, a field defined as foreign key in one table should be defined as Primary key in
another table
While defining the foreign key relationship the cardinality has to be specified
Cardinality mentions in a foreign key relationship how many dependent records or how
referenced records is possible
Domains for the foreign key fields in the check table and the reference table should be the
When a transparent table is defined in the ABAP/4 Dictionary technical settings must be
The technical settings are used to optimize individually the space requirements and access
behavior of database tables.
The technical settings can be used to determine how the table should be treated when it is
created in the database, whether the table is buffered and whether changes to entries should
be logged.
When the table is activated in the ABAP/4 Dictionary the table is automatically created in the
database. The necessary information on which memory area (tablespace) to select and the
probable table size are determined from the settings for the data class and size category.
The buffering settings determine whether the table is buffered and how. The Buffering Type
(Full, Single Record, Generic) parameter specifies how many records are loaded into the
buffer when a table entry is accessed.
In the Logging entry, you can specify whether changes to the table entries should be logged.
The most important data classes are master data, transaction data, organizational data and
system data.
Master data refers to data, which is only seldomly changed. An example of master data is the
data contained in an address file, such as name, address and telephone number.
Transaction data is data, which is often changed. An example of transaction data is the stock
of goods in a warehouse, which changes each time an order is processed.
Organizational data is customizing data, which is entered when the system is configured and is
then rarely changed. The table with country keys is an example.
System data is data, which the R/3 System itself needs. Tables containing the program
sources are an example.
The size category describes the probable space requirement of the table in the database.
You can choose a size category between 0 and 4. Each category is assigned to a fixed size of
memory area (extent), depending on the database system used.
Buffering can considerably enhance the performance of the system.
The buffers are located locally on the application servers of the system. The records of
buffered tables are thus read from the local buffer of the application server on which the
accessing transaction is running.
Only Transparent and Pooled table can be buffered. Buffering is not permitted for Cluster
Using Indexes records in the tables can be searched in a faster way.Let us now go through
the procedure of creating Tables, Domains, Data Elements :While creating the table we will
also see how to create a Data Element and Domain. Tables can be created by following the
path Tools -> ABAP/4 Workbench ->ABAP/4 Dictionary or Transaction Code SE11. Following
this path you can also create other ABAP/4 dictionary like Structures, Data Elements,
Domains, Views, Matchcodes etc.
Enter a name of the table in the Object Name box and click on the Tables radio button for
creating the table. The name of the table should begin with a Z or Y. let us create a table with
the name YEMP1.

Enter a table name, select the Tables radio button and then Click on Create button.
Enter a Short description of the table in the Short Text area
Select the delivery class. Select A
Check the Tab. Maint. Allowed check box
Enter a field name. Let us create a field called EMPNO for our example.
You can define a table as Client-Dependent by assigning a field of type CLNT in the table.
Enter the Data Element Name. Lets create a Data Element called YEMPNO.
Double click on the Data Element name.
If the data element is not existing in the dictionary then you will get a Create Data Element
pop up. If the data element is existing then you will be taken to the data element information
screen in display mode and when you come back by pressing the BACK icon you will find the
field type length and other information filled.

Click on the enter button if you want to create a new data element
Enter the description of the data element. It is recommended that you give the same name as
the field name preceded with a Z or Y.
Note : You can also change the docu status with transaction SE61.
You can also enter documentation for the data element. Choose Goto -> Documentation. Or
press F9. The text that you enter here will be displayed when you press F1 on the field.
Under Extra -> DE Supplement Docu., you can specify some additional documentation like the
possible cause of error, what should be done in case of error etc.
Enter the Domain Name
Double click on the domain name to create the domain for the data element / field
If the domain is not existing then you will get a pop up asking to create one.
Click on the Yes button
Enter the description for the domain in the Short text area
Specify the data type in the Data Type box in the Format area
Specify the field length
Click on Save icon.
In the resulting popup screen specify a Development Class.
Activate the domain in the dictionary by clicking on the Generate icon on the application
Click on the BACK icon. You will come back to the Data Element specification screen
In the TEXTS are enter Short, Medium and Long field label names for the field
Save the entries for the data element.
You will get a popup screen Specify a Development Class to save the object.
Activate the data element by clicking on the Activate icon
Click on the BACK icon to come back to the table definition screen
Save the table
Click on the local object button
Activate the table by clicking on the Activate button
Enter the Data Class, Enter APPL1 in the data class field, Data Class APPL1indicates that the
field is updated frequentlyData Class defines the physical area of the database (tablespace) in
which the table should be created. The following data classes are available :
APPL0 (master data) Data in the tables of this class is not frequently changed
APPL1 (transaction data) Data in the tables of this class is frequently changed
APPL2 (organizational data) Customizing data goes in here. Data in the tables of this class are
not frequently changed
Enter the Size Category. The Size Category defines the expected memory space required by
the table on the database. You have 0 to 4 size categoryto choose from for your tables. It
defines the size of the table extents. Enter 1 in the Size Category. The value 1 in the size
category indicates that the table is small.
Using the Logging flag, you can log / keep track of the changes (Deletes,Updates etc.) made
on the table. The changes are logged in the tableDBTABPRT. To switch on the logging, a
parameter rec/client should be set in the system profile.
The above parameter can have the following values:
rec/client = 000[,...] Log the specified clients.
rec/client = OFF Do not log.
rec/client = ALL Log all clients.
This parameter defined whether the all clients or selected clients should be logged.
You can also specify the buffering type Tables buffered by record reside in the single-record
table buffer TABLP, fully and generically buffered tables share the full/generic table buffer
Specify at least one of the fields as the primary key and then click on Save icon to save the
table and click on Generate icon to activate the table.
To create more fields in the table, click on the New Fields button on the application toolbar
and repeat the above steps. We have added one more field EMPNAME to the table. This is
how you can create a table. You can use the existing data elements by placing the cursor in
the data element box and then pressing the F4 key. You can also reuse the domains that you
create. You can also create Data Elements with the existing domains.
To enter data in the tables choose Utilities -> Create Entries
You will get a data entries screen
Enter the values for the fields and click on the save button after each record
You can display the table contents by going to Utilities -> Table Contents
Structures are defined in the same way as tables. However, a structure does not correspond
to an object in the database. A structure can be used as a reference in ABAP/4 programs.
Structures are defined and activated in the ABAP/4 Dictionary. They can than respond to
ABAP/4 programs like tables in the TABLES instructions.
In transparent tables, data can be saved in the database, but structures only contain data
temporarily during the runtime of a program.
Since structures that are used more than once are defined centrally, they can also be
changed centrally. These changes are then effected at all relevant points by the active ABAP/4
In the ABAP/4 Dictionary, the information about a table is divided between domains, data
elements and the table definition. The runtime object (nametab) collects this information in a
table in a form, which is optional for application program access.
Summary information about the table (number of fields, total of the lengths of all table fields,
number of key fields, total of lengths of all key fields, information on whether the table is client
specific and how it is buffered, and so on) is stored in the runtime object. In addition, it contains
information about the table fields (field name, position of the field in the table, data type, length,
decimal places, reference field, check table, conversion routine, and so on).
If a large set of objects is to be activated simultaneously, for example after an import, you
can use the program RDDMASG0 for mass activation.
An index is used to speed up the selection of data from a table.
All indexes, which are defined in the ABAP/4 Dictionary for a table, are activated along with
the table and are automatically created with it in the database.
The indexes to a table are distinguished by means of a three-character index ID. The index
ID may contain only letters and figures. The ID '0' is reserved for the primary index.
Combining the name of the table and the index ID creates the index name in the database.
Table names with fewer than 10 places are filled with underscores with the ID being added on
at the end. The index ID is thus always located at positions 10-13.
An index could be described as a copy of a database table reduced to specific fields. This
data exists in this copy in sorted form. This sorting enables fast access to the data records of
the table. In order that the remaining fields can also be read, that is, those fields not contained
in the index, a pointer to the associated record of the actual table are included in the index.
Fields, which frequently contains constants in many selections, should be located at the
The database utility allows you to create and delete objects defined in the ABAP/4
Dictionary in the database. In addition the database utility supports structural adjustments - so-
called conversions - of an object definition in the database to changed definitions of the object
in the ABAP/4 Dictionary. The operations, which the database utility executes for an object, are
logged. The object log can be displayed from the database utility.
The database utility offers several analysis options. It can:
Check whether a table in the database already contains records..
Display the definition of the table in the database.
Display the runtime object for a table.
Check consistency between the database table and the runtime object.
Check consistency between the definition of the table in
Dictionary maintenance (SE11) and the runtime object.
Views, Match code objects, lock objects etc. is known as aggregated objects.
Using Views, you can permit access to certain set of data from a table or a set of tables in
an application. In other words Views are a logical datasets which contain data extracted from a
single table or multiple tables as a single entity.
These objects are based on tables
The data for an application object is often distributed on several DB tables in a relational
data model.
The database systems therefore permit you to define application-dependent views on the
In this way, data from different tables can be combined in a logical manner and information
which is not of interest can be masked out.
Aggregate objects in the ABAP/4 Dictionary are objects, which are formed from several
Views are application-dependent displays of various ABAP/4 Dictionary tables.
Views make it possible to provide the user with information from fields of various tables
required when working with the R/3 System.
Views are used mainly for programming with ABAP/4 and for the F4 help.
Views are used to represent data which is distributed between many tables
Data of a view is not actually physically stored. The data in a view is derived from one or
more tables
There are 4 types of views : Database View, Project View, Maintenance
View and Help View
The individual tables involved in a view should be linked with a relational join operation
The data that is selected using a view depend on whether the views implement an inner join
or an outer join. Database views implement Inner Join whereas Maintenance Views and Help
Views implement an outer join
Using the inner join, you can retrieve records which are there in the entire table involved in
the view i.e. you only get the records of the primary table which also have the same record in
the secondary tables of the view.
Using an outer join you can also select the records for which there are no entries in the
secondary tables
Note :
The join conditions for database views can be formulated using equality
relationships between any base fields. The join conditions for the other view
types must be obtained from existing foreign keys. Tables therefore can only be
combined into a maintenance view or help view if they are linked to one another
with foreign keys.
Creating Views
To create a view follow the path Tools -> ABAP/4 Workbench -> ABAP/4 Dictionary.
Give the view name and click the view radio button
Click on the create button
Select the View type from the pop box
DB views can be created on the database and are defined in the ABAP Dictionary once they
are activated. They are provided for the user as virtual tables.
It is possible to access the data of a DB view in ABAP/4 programs both with OPEN SQL and
Since the Database View is implemented on a database, only transparent tables can be
used to create them.
If a DB view is also to be used to insert new records in its (only) base table, the initialization
flag should be set for the base table fields which are not view fields. In this case, these fields
will automatically be filled with the initial value by the view when a new record is inserted.
Select the Database View from the pop up box
Enter a description for the view
Under the tables box specify the table names. Let us take the F1S database as our
example. Select the tables SFLIGHT, SPFLI and SBOOK.
Specify the Join condition between the tables in the Join Conditions box
Or click on the Relationships button under the tables box
From the popup screen select the combination of the tables relationships and the click
the Copy icon. You will get the joins conditions defined for you.
Next place the cursor in the box of the tables and click on the TabFileds button on the
toolbar to select the fields from each table to include the fields from those tables to be included
in the View. For our Example Lets place it on SPFLI table.
In the pop up box check the fields that you want to include in the view and click
the Copy button. Do the same for the tables whose fields you would like to have as part of the
view. Let us select some fields from SFLIGHT and SCARR tables
These fields will appear in the View Fields area
Save and activate the view. When you save, you will be prompted for a Development class.
Now you have created a Database view
To execute the database views go to Utilities -> Display Data
Click on the execute button. You will get the data for the view
You can also specify the selection condition for the view
Choose Goto -> Selection Condition or click on the Next Screen icon on the tool bar
The Selection Condition box will appear in place of View Fields box
Give the condition by specifying the table name, field name, operator, comparison value and
the AND/OR condition in case you want to more fields in the selection condition
You can type in the detail if you are sure of them or else place the cursor in the Selection
condition box and click on the TabFields button
You will get a pop box with the table name, which you had selected, in the first screen
Double click on the table name to get the list of the fields for the table
Check the field(s) on which you want to base the condition and click on the Copy icon /
The fields will appear in the Selection Condition area
Then you specify the operator, comparison value and the AND/OR condition. For our
example we have done a selection on SFLIGHT-CARRID =LH.
Save and activate the View
Display the data in the view by going to Utilities -> Display Data
Note: You could have still displayed the data without specifying conditions. In short, specifying
conditions is optional.
After you display the data from the view, you can download to an unconverted file format or
spreadsheet or to a RTF file
In the result screen go to Edit -> Download.
Select the file type by selecting the appropriate radio button
In the next screen give the path of the download file name with the extension and press the
enter icon
Go the location where the file was created and open the file with the appropriate application
You can sort the data in Ascending or descending order
To do this first select all the rows by going to Edit -> Select -> Select all
This will put a check mark in the check boxes
Goto Edit -> Sort Ascending / Sort Descending to sort the data
You can also print the result
Projection View
Projection Views can be created only on single tables
Selection conditions cannot be specified for a Projection View
The relational operator projection is used to remove fields from a cross product table
created by join and selection. Information that is of no interest for the particular view can thus
be masked out i.e, the data that is actually required is displayed when the database is
It also possible to access Pooled and Cluster tables using Projection View.
The remaining fields are the fields of the views defined by join selection and projection.
In a projection, fields, which are used to formulate the selection condition, can also be
masked out.
From the pop up box select the Projection View type radio button and click on choose
Give a short description for the view
Specify the base table name on which you want to create the view
Place the cursor in the View Fields area and click on the TabFields button the toolbar
In the pop up box you will get the list of the fields of the table. Check the fields to select
them and click on copy button
The selected fields will appear in the view fields area
Save and activate the view
To execute the Project View follow these steps :
Choose Utilities -> Repository Infosys
Expand Basic Objects
Double click on views
Give the Projection View name
Click the Execute button
Mark the Check box against the View name
Goto Views -> Test / Execute
Click the execute icon
You will get the data for the view
After you display the data from the view, you can download to an unconverted file format or
spreadsheet or to a RTF file
In the result screen go to Edit -> Download.
Select the file type by selecting the appropriate radio button
In the next screen give the path of the download file name with the extension and press the
enter icon
Go the location where the file was created and open the file with the appropriate application
You can sort the data in Ascending or descending order
To do this first select all the rows by going to Edit -> Select -> Select all
This will put a check mark in the check boxes
Goto Edit -> Sort Ascending / Sort Descending to sort the data
You can also print the result
Maintenance Views
Let us go through the procedure of creating Maintenance Views
Maintenance Views give a business oriented view of the data and at same time allows you
to maintain the data.
Maintenance Views are more like Database views where you have specify the foreign key
relationship between the tables. The foreign key relationship should exist between the tables
i.e. data from several tables can be presented to in Maintenance view collectively.
All the tables used in the Maintenance View should have a foreign key relationship.
From the pop up box select the Maintenance View type radio button and click on choose
Give a short description for the view
Give the Parent table name in the Tables box
Click Relationship button under the tables box
You will get a pop up box with the foreign key relationship of the base table
Mark the Check box and click the Copy icon / button
The candidate table will be displayed in the Tables box and the foreign key relationship will
be displayed in the Join Conditions box
You can also specify Selection Conditions by clicking on the Next Screen icon. (Follow the
Steps in the Database View to specify the Selection Condition)
Note : Dont forget to mention the AND / OR condition.
Save and activate the View
Now you will have to maintain the View
Go to Environment Table Main Generator
Enter a function Group name
Specify the Authorizations Group as AC ( RA:User Controlled )
Specify the Maintenance Screen numbers in the Overview Screen and Single Screen boxes
( Give numbers here eg. 100 / 200 )
Click on the create button on the toolbar
Save the object in a Development Class
Go back by pressing the BACK Icon
Select the Maintenance status by going to Extras Maintenance Status
Save and activate the view
To execute the Maintenance View run the transaction code /nSM30
The view name will be displayed on the screen
Click the Maintain button and you will get the output
You can create New Entries by clicking on the New Entries button on the application toolbar,
Change the field contents, delete etc., but these changes will not be reflected in the tables
Once the maintenance view has been created and activated, the maintenance modules
must be generated in the specified transaction. To do so, it is necessary to define a function
group into which the maintenance modules are generated. The function group is automatically
created if it does not yet exist. This function group must be in the customer name range.
The generated maintenance dialog can be started at any time with the menu
path System Services Ext. table maint.
A maintenance interface for a single database table can also be generated in the
transaction Table view generation. If a text table exists for it, this text table can be
automatically maintained.
Help Views
Help views can be used as a selection method in search helps. This is necessary especially
if a view with outer join is required for the value selection in the search help. Since database
views always implement an inner join, a help view must be selected as selection method in
such cases.
All the tables used in a help view must be linked with foreign keys. Only foreign keys which
have certain semantic attributes can be used here
The steps are the same as that for a Database View or Maintenance View
The help view is a type of view, which was specially designed for the requirements of the
possible entries help. Help views are also defined using the relational operations join selection
and projection. However, there are several important differences to the DB view.
SAP HELP only uses help views. In particular, it is not possible to access them with either
The order of base tables in a help view cannot be changed. The primary table plays a
special role. The help view is used as possible entries help for exactly those fields which are
checked against this table. This is done automatically. For this reason, a table may not be the
primary table of more than one help view.
There are special restrictions for the foreign key relationships used to set up a help view.
They must be defined so that at most one record of the successor table is assigned to a record
of the predecessor table. The successor table may also be a text table for the predecessor
table. In this case, only those records of the text table that have the log on language in the
language field are automatically taken into consideration when creating the view.
Search Help has replaced Matchcodes in 4.0B. Existing Matchcodes have been converted into
Search helps with the same name.
Matchcodes are tools for finding data records, which are stored in the system. They are an
efficient and convenient search help if the key is not known.
A matchcode ID is always uniquely assigned to a matchcode object. It is formed from the
base tables of this matchcode object by join, selection and projection. The definition of a
matchcode ID can also influence the way in which the search help is displayed.
A matchcode ID is defined similarly to a view. You should, however, note some differences:
The definition is based on the matchcode object to which the ID belongs.
The update type is one of the general characteristics, which must be defined.
The primary table of the ID is the same as the primary table of the matchcode object.
The secondary tables must be selected from the secondary tables of the matchcode object.
The fields must be selected from the fields of the matchcode object. They are also given the
names, which they had when the matchcode object was defined. Various definitions can also
be made concerning the output characteristics of the fields.
Matchcode is a tool used for searching data records in a system
To create a matchcode, first create a Matchcode object, then create a matchcode ids
One or more matchcode ids can be created for a matchcode object
Specify the primary table and the secondary tables
The system will display a list of tables having relationship with the primary table
Select the tables that you would want to include in the matchcode
From each selected secondary table, select the fields to be included in thematchcode. Click
on the fields buttons the toolbar.
Save and activate the matchcode object
Next create a matchcode id
Select the matchcode object
Double click on the matchcode object
Click on the matchcode ids
Give matchcode id no
Choose the tables Click on Choose Sec. Tables button and select the tables from the list
Give the table name and index name
Select the fields Click on the fields button on the application toolbar
Enter the matchcode fields by which you want to search the records
These should have been selected in the matchcode object
You can create nine matchcode ids for a matchcode object
Customer Name Ranges
Certain names are not allowed because they are used in database systems or because of SAA
naming conventions. These names may not be used as names for tables, views or table fields.
When creating a table or a view, a check is made on whether or not the intended name is
allowed. The corresponding check is performed during activation for table fields.
The reserved names are entered in the table TRESE. This table has two fields.
In the first field the reserved names are entered, in the second the reason the
name is reserved. This is normally the (abbreviated) name of the database
system, which causes the name to be reserved. If the name violates the SAA
naming conventions, SAA is entered.
Because the table TRESE can be extended, for example when a new database
system is supported, the activation program distinguishes two cases when
checking the field names. If the field is new, the activation of the table is
rejected. You must then change the field name. If the table was previously
active with the field, only a warning is output and the table is nevertheless
For transparent tables, structures and pooled/cluster tables, you should use
the name ranges Y* and Z*. The name ranges T9* and P9* are intended for
special tables. T9* is intended for pooled tables in the ATAB pool and P9* for
customer-specific information types (HR).
Note that the names of some SAP objects violate these naming conventions.
These objects were developed before the introduction of the naming
conventions. In view of the problems involved and for the sake of stability, SAP
did not rename these objects. The names of these objects are listed in the
exception table TDKZ and may also not be used when creating customer
Customer Name Ranges for ABAP/4 Dictionary Objects
Object Name length Customer name range Example
Domain 10 Y*, Z* YNAME, Z1234
Data element 10 Y*, Z* ZNAME,
Data element- 4 9000 to 9999
Matchcode object 4Y*, Z* YMCO, ZMCO
Matchcode ID 1 0 to 9 YMCO1, ZMCO7
Pool/cluster 10 Y*, Z* YPOOL,
Lock object 10 EY*, EZ* EYNAME,
Structure 10 Y*, Z*, T9*, P9* YSTRUKT,
ZSTR123 Transp.
table 10 Y*, Z*, T9*, P9* YTAB1, ZTAB2
Index code 3 Y*, Z* Y12, ZAB
Appends 10 Y*, Z* ZAPPEND,
Important Menu Paths / Transactions
ABAP/4 Dictionary Maintenance/Display
Tools ABAP/4 Workbench -> Development -> ABAP/4 Dictionary
- Dictionary maintenance (SE11) - Dictionary display (SE12)
Repository Information System Data Dictionary
1. Tools -> ABAP/4 Workbench -> Development -> Dictionary (enter Dictionary
object, object name and choose operation)
Environment -> Repository Info Sys. or
2. Tools -> ABAP/4 Workbench -> Overview -> Repository Infosys.
- ABAP/4 Repository Information System (SE84) / ABAP/4 Repository
infosystem - Data Dictionary (SE15)
Data Display/Maintenance (Data Browser)
1. Tools -> ABAP/4 Workbench -> Development -> ABAP/4 Dictionary (Dictionary
object:Table, Enter table name and choose operation)
Utilities -> Table contents (data display) or Utilities -> Create entries (data
2. Tools -> ABAP/4 Workbench -> Overview -> Data Browser
- Data display/maintenance (Data Browser) (SE16)
Tools -> ABAP/4 Workbench -> Development -> ABAP/4 Dictionary (Dictionary
object: Table, enter table name and choose operation)
Goto -> Indexes or pushbutton Indexes...
Technical Settings
Tools -> ABAP/4 Workbench -> Development -> ABAP/4 Dictionary (Dictionary
object: Table, enter table name and choose operation)
Goto -> Technical settings or pushbutton Technical settings
Matchcode ID
Tools -> ABAP/4 Workbench -> Development -> ABAP/4 Dictionary (Dictionary
object: Matchcode objects, enter matchcode object name and choose operation)
Goto -> Matchcode IDs or pushbutton Matchcode IDs
Database Utility
Tools -> ABAP/4 Workbench -> Development -> ABAP/4 Dictionary (Enter
Dictionary object and object name and choose operation)
Utilities -> Database utility
- Database utility (SE14)
Storage Parameters
Tools -> ABAP/4 Workbench -> Development -> ABAP/4 Dictionary (Enter
Dictionary object and object name and select operation)
Utilities -> Database utility
Goto -> Storage parameters or pushbutton Storage parameters
- Database utility (SE14) -> Goto -> Storage parameters
Fixed Values
Tools -> ABAP/4 Workbench -> Development -> ABAP/4 Dictionary (Dictionary
object:Domain, enter domain name and choose operation)
Goto -> Fixed values or pushbutton Fixed values
Maintenance View
Tools -> ABAP/4 Workbench -> Development -> Other tools ->
- Table view generation (SE54)
System -> Services -> Ext. table maint.
- Maintain Table Views (SM30)
Transparent Tables :
A transparent table in the dictionary has one-to-one relationship with a table in
the database. Its structure in the R/3 Data Dictionary corresponds to a single
database field. The database table has the same name, the same number of
fields, and the fields have the same names as the R/3 table definition.
The transparent tables hold application data. Application data is master data or
transaction data used by an application.
Pooled Tables :
A pooled table has many-to-one relationship with the table in the database. For
one table in the database, there are many tables in the R/3 dictionary. The
table in the database has a different name than the tables in the DDIC, it has a
different number of fields, and the fields have different names as well.
A pooled table is stored in a table pool at the database level.
A table pool is a database table with a special structure that enables the data of
many R/3 tables to be stored within it. It can hold only pooled tables.