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Create an SAP Fiori Elements Application

Create an SAP Fiori elements application of type List Report Object Page based on the SAP Cloud Application Programming Model.
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  • How to create an SAP Fiori application of type List Report Object Page
  • How to use an SAP Fiori elements template with a service in the SAP Business Application Studio
jo-fiessJoachim FiessJune 27, 2022
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November 27, 2020
  • Step 1
    1. SAP Fiori tools includes an Application Generator that provides a wizard-style approach for creating applications based on SAP Fiori elements page types. You are going to use it to create your List Report Object Page app.

      From the toolbar menu, open View > Find Command…, type Application Generator, and select Fiori: Open Application Generator.

    2. Select the tile List Report Object Page and click Next.

      Choose tile “List Report Object Page”
    3. Now you connect the application template with your OData service. The OData service you use for this example was already prepared during the previous tutorial: Prepare Your Development Environment

      Select the data source for the project. Since you use the locally installed service, choose Use a local CAP Project from the dropdown field Data source.

      Navigate to and select the project folder location in the input field for your project folder path (as shown in the screenshot).

      Choose the service name IncidentService (Node.js) from the dropdown field OData service.

      When finished, click Next.

      Select service related parameters
    4. For your application you need to choose the main entity set from the OData service. Objects of this type will be displayed in the list report.

      In your application, start with Incidents. As your application will not have a sub-object page, you do not need a navigation entity.

      Leave Yes selected for the prompt Automatically add table columns to the list page and a section to the object page if none already exists?.

      When finished, click Next.

    5. Maintain specific attributes of the application project as follows:

      Provide project attributes

      Be sure to choose exactly the Module name and the Application namespace as shown above, because these are referenced in the sample code.

      After completion, click Finish. The new SAP Fiori elements application is now created from the template using the service and the configurations you provided in this step.

      You may see a popup asking whether you want to open the project in a new workspace. Simply close it by clicking the X.

      After the project is generated, an Application Information page is shown giving you an overview of project details and tasks that you may perform on this project. It is recommended that you keep this page open as it will be used in other steps. You can open it any time using the menu item View > Find Command… and select Fiori: Open Application Info

      Application Information page

      You will also see a new folder incidents inside the app folder.

      Review the generated artifacts
  • Step 2

    Your SAP Fiori elements application needs a server to run. This server is provided by the command line client and development toolkit for the SAP Cloud Application Programming Model. The setup for using the server was done in the previous tutorial Prepare Your Development Environment.

    1. Select the tile Preview Application from Application Information page.

    2. When the quick pick is shown, select the watch npx cds watch script

      Select watch script

      A dialog window may pop up and you can choose the option as follows.

      Click Open in New Tab.

      Click button Open in New Tab on popup

      Please check for a browser popup blocker in case the popup windows are not visible.

    3. You can now start the new SAP Fiori elements application by clicking on the link

      Press “/incidents/webapp/index.html” link
    4. The application starts with an empty list.

      Press Go. The list report table will then show the data from the sample service.

      List Report with items

      Filter fields, actions, and table columns are defined by the annotations in the Core Data Service (CDS) files. These files are part of the OData service definition.

    Your have now finished the initial setup of your list report object page sample application.

    In the next tutorial, you will modify and enhance the list report page.

  • Step 3

    What is the purpose of the main entity?

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