Wednesday, 13 October 2021 16:21

Get Started with Your SAP ABAP Journey: Part 2

Written by Mamikee Kanneh
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This is the second post in this series. Here is the previous blog post: Get Started with Your SAP ABAP Journey: Introduction.


Thank you all who have read this series’s first post and have begun their journey to becoming an ABAP developer. I want to document and share my insight with you so that you do not feel alone. We will continue with the basics and gradually move up. 


Note: You can choose from different deployment options to get started with the ABAP platform: in the cloud with SAP BTP or on-premise with the Developer Edition. In this blog series, we will be focusing on the on-premise version.


In the first post, we went over the what, why, and how of ABAP and began the installation process. Now that we have installed and downloaded all of our software, it is time to get our ABAP system up and running.


This blog post also follows up with a video that walks you through the steps I will be going over.

Running Latest ABAP Platform Image


In the previous blog post, we had successfully installed Docker for Desktop and the latest version of SAP GUI. Now it is time for us to run our Docker container and define an SAP Connection in SAP GUI For Java.


Reminder: We will be doing all of our deployment in Eclipse, so you must have it installed before continuing.


The first thing you need to do is pull the image provided on Docker to run the Developer Edition Free trial on your machine. But before you do so, make sure you have assigned enough disk space to your Docker setup. I decided not to read the setup instructions thoroughly and came across this issue myself.

The image has around 23GB of size when compressed and 62GB after decompressing. It would be frustrating to lose plenty of time downloading the image to find out that docker does not have enough disk space to unpack it.

For MAC and Windows users, you must assign the required resources:

  • 4 CPUs for Docker Desktop
  • 16GB for Docker Desktop
  • 170GB disk for Docker Desktop


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