Call Function Module via JSON (Restful Webservice)

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To connect to a SAP instance for sending/receiving data you have various options:

  • Remote Function Call (RFC)
  • SOAP Webservice
  • OData Interface (via SAP Netweaver Gateway)
  • Own implemented Webservice via SICF handler class

All of these options have advantages and disadvantages:

  • RFC needs a binary library (librfc)
  • SOAP Webservices have a huge overhead which I wanted to avoid
  • OData was too slow for my use case
  • I did not want to implement an own webservice handler class (focus on core aspects of the projects)

So there was no easy to use/fast interface for my actual project available. After some research I’ve sumbled accross the project JSON Adapter for ABAP Function Modules which is exactly what I need: a fast and easy to use interface to my Function Modules.

After I’ve impoerted the code (via SAPLINK), enabled the service in SICF, created the authorization object I was able to use the Function Module outside of the SAP server via HTTPS.

The project I am creating is written in Java and I used the great library Retrofit to consume the webservices. After just a few minutes I was able to consume the Function Module from our SAP server via Java without any overhead (librfc/SOAP generated classes).

Manuel Laggner

Manuel Laggner

technic freak, linux user, developer (Java/ABAP) and the founder of the tool tinyMediaManager.

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