SAP Steps Up Commitment to Developer Community

SAP has announced a deeper commitment to the developer community. As part of this developer-focused initiative, SAP has launched a regional test drive of a new open development environment for SAP HANA. SAP River intends to provide a real-time development environment for rapidly building complete native applications powered by SAP HANA. It will also enable increased developer productivity through a simpler development process, easily maintainable source code, as well as a clear separation of intent and yet an optimized native execution on SAP HANA.

SAP says it is also contributing key portions of its SAPUI5 framework as open source code on the GitHub site under an Apache Version 2.0 license. As part of the effort, SAP has developed different themes, framework features and control libraries to help provide a consistent end-to-end experience and foster reuse and efficiency, for example, via responsive layouts.

SAP also announced the code contribution and availability of a Cloud Foundry service broker for SAP HANA. Developed in close association with Pivotal and now available as open source on GitHub, the service broker will allow any Cloud Foundry application to connect to and leverage the in-memory capabilities of SAP HANA.

Additionally, in November 2013, SAP contributed SAP HANA database client via GitHub site that enables developers to efficiently connect Node.js applications to SAP HANA.

A new closed beta version of the SAP PowerBuilder application development tool is aimed at supporting new operating systems, databases and open standards. With the new beta release, SAP says customers can use their current investment in applications, knowledge and skills while they take advantage of new SAP innovations.

Finally, a unified developer license covering all major platforms and technologies is expected to simplify the developer experience and makes it easier to get access to key SAP technologies.

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