SAP has released the much awaited SAP Design Studio 1.4 for General Availability. These are my first impressions about the client tool, from an admin perspective. The new client has major performance upgrades and a number of new features as well. The most notable ones are the 64-bit version of the client tool, SAP’s own custom JRE for SAP Design Studio, custom add-on for streaming data and a new folder view for ‘Technical Components’.

New Architecture (64-bit)

Finally, SAP has come up with a 64-bit version of the SAP Design Studio client tool. I hope this will help reduce the memory issues we have had in the existing 32-bit version of the client tool.

64 Bit – Client Tool

64 Bit  Client Tool

Start Menu – 64 Bit Client tool

Start Menu – 64 Bit Client tool

In the developer guides, SAP recommends that component developers use the 64-bit version of the client tool.

Developer Guides

Developer Guides

Custom JRE

The JAVA runtime environment plays a key role in the tool’s performance. Earlier versions of SAP Design Studio work with the default JAVA JRE, which is generic and not very suitable for SAP Design Studio’s unique requirements. Now SAP has replaced the generic JAVA VM with a custom JRE. This comes bundled with the installer and gets installed in the same directory as the client tool. This should fix issues related to JAVA performance and memory issues, in the client tool.

Custom JRE folder within the SAP Design Studio directory

Custom JRE folder within the SAP Design Studio directory

SapDesignStudioVM

SapDesignStudioVM

SapDesignStudio.ini file – pointing to custom JVM

SapDesignStudio.ini file – pointing to custom JVM

Custom add-on – Streaming API

The most notable feature of SAP Design Studio 1.4 would be the support for streaming data, that would help developers create real-time dashboards. This feature is not bundled with the client tool by default, however it is provided as an add-on. SAP calls it the ‘Real Time Extension’ package.

The custom add-ons fall in two categories –

  1. Extension to Design Studio
  2. CVOM Chart Extension

To get the streaming data add-ons to work, we need to install the  ‘Real Time Extension’ package.  See steps below, to achieve this.

Step 1:

1. Select ‘Install Extension to Design Studio’ from the Tools menu.

Install extension to SAP Design Studio

2. Select the ‘DSREALTIME’ package and click OK to continue. You can download it from the SAP support portal.

'DSREALTIME’ package

3. Select the functionalities from the list and click on Finish.

Select the functionalities from the list

4. Now the tool will prompt for confirmation and will ask you to accept the ‘License Terms’. Once you accept it, the add-on will be installed and the tool will prompt for restart. Restart the client tool and you have the add-on available to you.

The ‘Real Time Extension’ package adds three components to the tool.

1. A Streaming Data Source

Streaming Data Source

2. A Timer Component

A Timer Component

3. A Time Based Line Chart under ‘Additional Charts’

A Time Based Line Chart under ‘Additional Charts’

Technical Components

A new folder is available now for the ‘Technical Components’. This folder holds the text pools, global scripts and context menus used in the application. This will help developers organize their technical content.

Technical Components

Technical Components

Global Script Window

Global Script Window

Look out for a more comprehensive analysis of all that SAP Design Studio 1.4 has to offer, for admins….very soon !

Happy Learning !

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