What is Object Oriented ABAP and Concepts ?

Introduction to Object Oriented ABAP, Concepts and principles of Object Oriented ABAP programming

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  • The main feature of Object Oriented programming is representing real-time objects in the form of class objects.
  • Object Oriented ABAP focus on representing real-time objects of classes.
  • SAP ABAP Object Oriented programming is available in two flavors .
  • One is Global Classes and another one is local class.

Global Class

Global Class is an ABAP object which can be accessible via SAP Class Builder, T-code for SAP Class Builder is SE24.

Local Class

Local classes are classes which are available in ABAP programs, we can access them via ABAP editor SE38.

ABAP Classes and It`s components

What is a Class ? A class is a user defined data type with attributes, methods, events, user-defined types, interfaces etc for a particular entity or business application .

What are Objects ? Objects are nothing but instances of classes, each object has a unique identity that is memory and it`s own attributes.

Declaring Classes and Objects

Syntax: DATA <instance> TYPE REF TO <class name> . "Declaring global class in ABAP program using type ref to(type reference to )
        CREATE OBJECT <instance> . "Create object for the declared instance

Components of a Class

Attributes: Attributes are variables, constants declared within a class .

Methods: Methods are coding blocks which provides some functionality .

  • These methods are similar to Function Modules in ABAP.
  • Methods can access all attributes of it`s own class.
  • Methods are defined in definition part and implemented in implementation part.
  • We can call methods using CALL METHOD statement.

Events: Event is a mechanism through which one method of a class can raise method of other class, without hazard of instantiating that class.

Interfaces: Interfaces are similar to classes which contain methods Without any implementation.

Interfaces are mainly used to extend the scope or functionality of the class.

Instance and Static Components

Instance components : These components exist separately in each instance (object) of the class and are referred using instance component selector using ->

Static components : These components exists globally for a class and are referred to using static component selector => .

Visibility of Components of Class

Each class component has a visibility.

In ABAP Objects, the whole class definition is separated into three visibility sections:

  • PUBLIC .

Public section: Data declared in public section can be accessed by the class itself, by its subclasses as well as by other users outside the class.

Protected section: Data declared in the protected section can be accessed by the class itself, and also by its subclasses but not by external users outside the class.

Private Section: Data declared in the private section can be accessed by the class only, but not by its subclasses and by external users outside the class.

Global Class and Local Class

Classes in ABAP Objects can be declared either globally or locally.

Global Class: Global classes and interfaces are defined in the Class Builder (Transaction SE24) in the ABAP Workbench.

All of the ABAP programs in an R/3 System can access the global classes.

Local Class: Local classes are define in an ABAP program (Transaction SE38) and can only be used in the program in which they are defined.

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