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My new year Resolution for 2017

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UI5CN is a learning platform and the highest form of knowledge we can acquire is wisdom. We might be in many different situations, many plans may be there in our mind, many challenges we can foresee for that plan to become reality. But the big question is not what is stopping us or may stop us but what keeps us going. And the inner why, which is the reason we do what we do.

Let it tell us not to settle for less and it is not ok to, not to strive for greatness.

So let’s start the New Year with new possibility and believe to be more than what we were.
 

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Sweet Story of SAPUI5/OpenUI5 and Javascript

Javascript has become new norms for developing applications. Processing at the UI end is becoming more fashionable and every major software related companies are having their own JS framework . For enterprise giant SAP, SAPUI5/Open UI5 is the new framework . Google and Facebook also have their own framework Angular.js and React.js respectively which are few among the top.

 

World is changing for gooood, some may disagree !

When we take a closer look at SAP, ABAP or ABAP/4 was used majorly to create enterprise application and their was lot of development done with SAP ABAP editor which is inbuilt with SAP Frontend UI also eclipse was second popular IDE used to write ABAP code.

 

Old is Gold.

We also saw the introduction of Web-Dynpro a few years back to leverage Java for developing enterprise application. After Sun Microsystem was acquired by Oracle and Oracle and SAP are a well-known competitor in ERP marketplace it was clear for SAP to move away from Java world. Then comes the era of Javascript .In the meantime in the Javascript world after ES6 version of Javascript the possibility and things you can perform was impressive and with HTML5 not only you can leverage responsive nature of building mobile application but also can make it much much better looking with CSS3.
And With these open source technologies UI5 was created.

 

Big moment !

Now comes the major challenge to replace all existing application in SAP with UI5, the answer was SAP Fiori, Fiori means flowers in Italian and apps build with UI5 do follow 5 basic guideline principles to make it look beautiful as flower. SAP Fiori was launched with 25 application with HCM, Timesheet apps few popular among first 25 apps . Now the portfolio of Fiori apps is much bigger covering a wide spectrum of functional fields and more than 500+ apps.

 

Victory !

When we try to predict the future with SAPUI5/Open UI5 and Fiori, we are going to see more of open source stacks coming in like Node.js and Angular.js influence with UI5.

Now the major question comes here : Is it worth learning UI5 or if you are already an UI5 developer it is worth spending time to upgrade the skills and the answer is yes !

 

That’s Right !

Till now we have only seen the tip of the iceberg and there is a lot more to come. At UI5CN we spend a lot of our time( as we don’t have anything else to do) to help people who are starting their career with SAP or upgrade their skills to go to next level .

 

 

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7 Reasons To Learn UI5

This blog will pinpoint 7 major reason why UI5 is worth considering if you are looking forward to learn it, to set the context check our previous blog the Sweet Story of SAPUI5/OpenUI5 and Javascript. Basically, UI5 is open source Javascript library build with Javascript, jQuery, HTML5 and CSS3. Using UI5 we can create HTML5 applications, which can then be run in web browser.

 

1.Open Source

Free Stuffs, tell me more !

Open UI5 libraries are open source which means that you pay zero licensing cost to use Open UI5 technologies. If you are creating an app with UI5 it comes under Apache License open source version 2.0 licences and the goals of this licence is to reduce the number of frequently asked questions, to allow the license to be reusable without modification by any project, to allow the license to be included by reference instead of listed in every file etc. Read more about Apache License version 2.0 here.

 

2.Integrate with existing JS libraries:

Javascript can do anything !?

SAPUI5 and OpenUI5 are created using with Javascript so the integration with existing pool of Javascript libraries are easy, UI5 internally uses D3JS analytics libraries to leverage graphs and data representation in nice and beautiful visual forms. In our Advanced UI5 Professional course we have covered this in details of how to add an external libraries elements as components in UI5 itself . See more here.

 

3.Pre-Build Elements

Ready Made Stuffs !

UI5 libraries are equipped with 200+ pre-build elements which allows developers to focus on UX designs of their application and the integration with the existing application of these components which are object based and simple once you know the basic working of MVC with UI5.

 

4.MVC

Different person, different task.

An UI5 Application utilizes MVC framework which clearly separated Model, View and Controls for an existing application and designing complex application with this pattern is much simpler.

 

5.Responsive

Responsive.

When you create a UI5 application with responsive component the component change it’s shape and size to adapt depending upon type of device they are currently being operated on. Thanks to media query of CSS3 which allows it to do so. It provides a much needed benefit to make sure that apps are usable independent of what device your end-user is using to run these apps. Even with custom CSS and media query we can make the look and feel of the application even more customised which we covered in details in our Professional UI5 development course.

 

6.Loose coupling Architecture:

Architecture efficiency !

When we talk about big picture of how these UI5 application are deployed in landscape. They are basically following loose coupling architecture which means the UI5 components are independent of the middleware components and backend. This provides a good degree of separation when we talk about coming up with new version of your application. Your middleware can be a oData service provider like SAP Netweaver gateway or SAP Hana system. Middle ware development is one of the curtal part in any application now as most of the data fetching performance is based on that. Learn how it can be done in details here.

 

7.Comprehensive API reference:

Comprehensive

Finally, API reference provided by SAPUI5/OpenUI5 is comprehensive which helps a lot to understand how to use these libraries. The explored provided is a big help to see how individual component will look like and what are the code to be written to include it.

 

Some of the disadvantages related to UI5 is it’s initial high loading time of libraries, that means libraries can take time when they are initially loaded in your web browser this can also be fixed by using early loading concepts .

Check some of our Free and Paid resources to learn UI5 here, these are made by people who knows a lot about UI5 but are too lazy to work as consultant/contractors :)

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The Millennials – Exploring the World of the Largest Living Generation

 

It was my first job at a reputed MNC and I was excited, the culture of the organization was so much different it was vibrant and diverse. One thing which I found that the average age of the organization was quite low which was around 28 at that time, most of the workforce was comprised of people, what we refer as to as Millennials. Born between the early 1980s and 2000, the millennials are the youngest (and on several occasions, the largest) generation at work today.

There is a distinct way in which Millennials think, want to work and want to be lead. I could easily experience that people who were Generation X and Baby boomers, who were mostly in the leadership role were finding it a little challenging to deal with majority Millennials. That gave me the motivation to know more about them and how to effectively work with them. This has made my life so much easier now because a majority of my co-worker were Millennials. Even though I am a Millennial too, just sticking to management book and old school way of leading team created a discrepancy.

In this video, Author of the book The Millennials РExploring the World of the Largest Living Generation Subramanian S. Kalpathi has addressed the issues related to Millennials in the workplace today with lots of case study and real life examples.

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7 Best Websites While Learning UI5

To learn anything worthwhile the most important thing is always the mindset one must have. People who have a rage to master can beat the learning curve and learn things faster than rest. In this blog, I am sharing my top 7 places to learn SAPUI5/OpenUI5.

 

1.SCN 

 

A social network, you can use in your office !

SAP Community Network is by far the best place to learn, explore and connect with mentors . It not only provides a good place to get answers to your questions but also a good platform to see what other people are up to with UI5.

 

2.Git hub and Developer Guide

 

Free and cool at the same time !

Git hub is by far the best place for hackers to see how UI5 libraries are designed and build. The core development code is open source in Open UI5. And I will admit Git hub documentation is even better than by Learn UI5 Book sold at Amazon. The only issue is you need to have a strong Javascript background to take full advantage of this because many concepts here are explained with jargons from Javascript world which belong to pretty advanced skills.

Developer Guide is also another great starting point which can be a place to take you skills to next level in step by step manner.

 

3.Experience.sap 

Slides and Presentations are also important.

This is a excellent place for knowing and get to know the design and business side of SAP UI5 and SAP Fiori( Fiori apps are pre-build apps, build with UI5) . And experince.sap can be an excellent resource if you  are looking for some points to create a sales pitch to your customer to make them bring SAP UI5/Open UI5 apps or Pre-build Fiori apps.

You should check the UX cost calculator to justify why business should invest in UX. It is one of the coolest thing you can show to your business analyst .

 

4. UI5CN

 

Finally !

Not far behind but at number 4, I would recommend UI5CN courses and blogs. To keep it short and simple UI5CN have covered the entire spectrum of UI5 Apps End-to-End in the most simple way and already more than 7000 users have gone through it both paid and free courses . The books are also written in simple words and covers all the aspect of development one needs to know to work as a professional UI5 developer. UI5CN tries to keep the learning curve simple, so even if you have no background of Javascript or even with SAP you will find it easy to follow and easy to implement in real projects.  Courses are also filled with lots of examples comprehensive, concepts and experiences both are shared at the same time.

 

5.OpenUI5 org 

 

I read this blog !

Openui5.org is an excellent resource to start exploring UI5 and the best thing is that, all the details one has to know are shared with links. Must check resource for someone who is starting out with SAPUI5/OpenUI5.

 

6.Stackoverflow 

 

Answer to all technical problems !

Like all other technologies, StackOverflow is an amazing place to see what are the current issues and solutions which people have posted in relation to UI5. Not only you will get to known issue and how to solve them and ask more questions, but also you will get to know people who are Professional with UI5 and connect with them.

 

7.Twitter 

 

It is way more important !

It might come as a surprise but personally, it is my go to platform if I want to know what is happening in UI5 work with #openui5 tags and similar tags, you can connect with technology mentors and learn a lot more. And there is a good chance that you might also get a glimpse of new things which are going to come in UI5 world and the amazingly cool world of open source SAP.

Like any other technology UI5 also have its learning curve and luckily compare to other JS libraries like D3JS, it is not much difficult to learn. If you have a hacker mindset and are an explorer then you don’t even need any hand helding to learn UI5. API reference  is quite comprehensive and with UI5 explorer you can even see live examples of how individuals component can be used.

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