Beginners Guide To ABAP – Module 2 – Introduction To The Data Dictionary

Welcome to the next module in this Beginners Guide to ABAP. In this module, we’re going to focus specifically on the Data Dictionary.

The Data Dictionary (Transaction Code SE11) is the main tool that we use to look at, understand, and enhance the database and database tables that are used by our SAP system. We can view standard tables that are delivered by SAP using this tool. We can create our own tables and even enhance the existing tables delivered by SAP.

SAP Data DictionaryThere are many other features within the Data Dictionary but we are going to focus on the basic ones so we can then build on our knowledge later on in the training course when we are creating our ABAP programs.

So, the first thing we are going to do is create a database table and this will involve creating fields, data elements, and domains. These are the fundamental building blocks of SAP tables.

You will get to learn what each one of these is and why it is necessary when building your table. Once we are building the table, you will become familiar with the tools to check your table for errors. Once your tables are error free, we can then activate our tables so that they can be used within the system.

We will then have a look at maintaining the technical settings of the table t we create. This will then allow us to enter data into our table.

Lastly, we will view the data that we have entered into our table using some of the standard SAP transactions that are available to us in the SAP system, such as SE11 and SE16.


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