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Create a Data Element
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Create a Data Element


You will learn how to create a data element, which you will use in a later tutorial.

You will learn

  • How to create a data element.
  • How to use this data element to provide boolean logic to one of the columns in the table

Step 1: Change the field type (to a new data element)

Go back to your ABAP Dictionary structure zso_invoice_item and change the type of field payment_status to zso_invoice_payment_status:

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Since the data element zso_invoice_payment_status does not exist, you get a syntax error, which you will fix using a quick fix below.

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Step 2: Choose a Quick Fix
  1. Select the data element and display all the available Quick Fixes by choosing Ctrl+1.

  2. Then choose Create data element zso_invoice_payment_status and choose Enter.

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Step 3: Create a new data element

Enter a description for the new data element in the field Description, then choose Finish :

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Step 4: Enter type and field labels

In the Data Element editor that appears, enter the following:

  1. In the Type Name box, enter Flag.

  2. Under Field Labels on the right, enter the following:

    • Short = Paid
    • Medium = Invoice paid
    • Long = Invoice paid
    • Title = Invoice paid
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Step 5: Save and activate the data element

Then choose Save (Ctrl+S), then Activate (Ctrl+F3) your data element.

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Step 6: Check the structure for syntax errors

Go back to the structure ZSO_INVOICE_ITEM and choose Check ABAP Development Object (Ctrl+F2) :

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Step 7: Activate the structure

Choose Activate (Ctrl+F3).

The ABAP Dictionary structure zso_invoice_item is now activated.

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Step 8: Use your data element in the ABAP class

Go back to the class, **ZCL_INVOICE_RETRIEVAL**, which you created in the previous tutorial, (Create an ABAP class
You will now transform the values of payment_status from P to a flag that is set to X (true) when the invoice has been paid.
You will do this by looping through each row of the table using a field-symbol, which acts as a place-holder for each row of the internal table lt_result.
The field-symbol is declared inline.
Enter the following code after the ORDER BY clause of the SELECT statement:

LOOP AT lt_result ASSIGNING FIELD-SYMBOL(<entry>). CASE <entry>-payment_status. WHEN 'P'. <entry>-payment_status = abap_true. WHEN OTHERS. <entry>-payment_status = abap_false. ENDCASE. ENDLOOP.
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Step 9: Save and Activate the class

Finally, choose Save (Ctrl+S), then Activate (Ctrl+F3) your class.

Your code should now look like this:

CLASS zcl_invoice_retrieval DEFINITION

    TYPES: ty_table_of_zso_invoice_item TYPE STANDARD TABLE OF zso_invoice_item WITH DEFAULT KEY.

    METHODS get_items_from_db
                VALUE(lt_result) type ty_table_of_zso_invoice_item.

CLASS zcl_invoice_retrieval IMPLEMENTATION.

  METHOD get_items_from_db.


   JOIN snwd_so_inv_head ON snwd_so_inv_item~parent_key = snwd_so_inv_head~node_key
   JOIN snwd_bpa ON snwd_so_inv_head~buyer_guid = snwd_bpa~node_key

   INTO TABLE @lt_result

   snwd_so_inv_item~currency_code = 'USD'


   LOOP AT lt_result ASSIGNING FIELD-SYMBOL(<entry>).
        CASE <entry>-payment_status.
            WHEN 'P'.
                <entry>-payment_status = abap_true.
            WHEN OTHERS.
                <entry>-payment_status = abap_false.
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Step 10: Test your changes

You can now test the result of your changes in the SAP List Viewer.

There is a preference which allows you to reuse SAP GUI windows when running applications. To enable this feature, choose Window > Preferences. In the Preferences dialog, open ABAP Development > SAP GUI Integration and tick the appropriate check box.

Go back to your report and execute it by choosing F8. Your SAP List Viewer should look roughly like this:

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Step 11: Test yourself

The field-symbol booking has been defined as follows. Rewrite the LOOP AT statement using an inline declaration. Enter your code in the box below and choose Submit Answer:

FIELD-SYMBOLS <booking> TYPE sbook. LOOP AT Booking_List ASSIGNING <booking>.

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