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Web Dynpro Islands - questions....

As of NW2004S EhP 1.0 (SAP Target Completion date Ramp-Up is Q4 2008) it will be possible to create so called Web Dynpro Islands which allows us to create rich internet components with Adobe Flex or MS Silverlight which cannot only be integrated into Web Dynpro applications but also exchange data and interact with it.

Our company is working with Adobe Flex 3 in a NW2004S environment and we are already able to call Flex components within Web Dynpro ABAP and the other way around. I wonder what will be the big difference/advantage if you compare our situation with the new feature called Web Dynpro Islands? What is the added value?

How will versioning and transport management for custom Web Dynpro Islands look like? Will it be possible to transport new Flex components in the same way as we do for Web Dynpro ABAP components (good old STMS) or has this be done by a tool like NWDI?

Currently we are developing new custom components in Flex stand-alone, we already installed the Adobe plugin within NWDS CE 7.1 but that doesn't work smoothly yet. Do Web Dynpro Islands need to be developed via NWDS too or can this be done via SE80?

Will there be a standard set of SAP Web Dynpro Islands available (comparable with the standard UI components available for web Dynpro like ALV)? This is what we miss at the moment: Flex is great but for strong SAP features like e.g. ALV there is no standard Flex component available (yet). At our company we want to able to choose between a 100 % Flex user interface or a combination of WDA/Flex or VC/Flex or WDA only, depending on what our target user group is. Marketing users have a very different opinion about a attractive UI than if you ask users working in the factory on a shipping department.

Looking forward to your input!

kind regards


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