On 18th April 2015 our SAPUI5 CodeJam took place in the capital city of Turkey: Ankara. It was hosted by TED Üniversitesi. I was there as the SAPUI5 expert. SAP Mentor abdulbasit.gulsen was the contact person and host of the event and he did a great job in organizing this event and also helped me with my whole travel organization. A big thank you from my side!
We were using the SAP Web IDE for our development to highlight the ease of use for this tool (zero installation, quickly create a starter application). Each attendee brought his/her own laptop. To quickly get up and running with development we have used the cloud version of the SAP Web IDE and the provided WiFi did a good job. We quickly get up and running after the creation of the free trial account of HCP.
I was really overwhelmed that we had so many participants (almost 40 people) from different locations at this first ever SAPUI5 CodeJam in Ankara. I was especially happy to also see some girls in the audience 🙂 And I have also seen a OpenUI5 Shirt in the audience. The experience of the participants varied heavily from "no experience" to "already build apps with it" - but I think everyone learned something new and valuable this day.
After introduction to the SAP Developers Program and an overview of SAPUI5 and the difference between SAPUI5 and OpenUI5 we headed right into the first simple "Hello World" program created with the SAP Web IDE. After that we continued with creating our first controller code and changed the application to make use of the "Component-based" approach. I also demonstrated how to set up routing in a simple application and tried to explain it in a "Master Detail Application". Routing can hardly be explained - it can only be experienced how this magic works :-D. I also demonstrated how to set up a connection via HCP to Northwind and what the Mock Server is all about and talked a bit about the SAP Cloud Connector.
Between those showcases the people followed the prepared exercises or explored the SAPUI5 examples and documentations. The remaining exercises contained things like Controls, Formatters, Grouping, Translations (i18n), Search, Split App, Device Adaption and Fragments. I was handling a lot of questions and after I was finished with all my demos I walked around and talked with the participants - very surprising that we had German-Speaking-Participants!
For lunch we went to a near local restaurant and I was very pleased to get to know the local specialities. Thank you for that introduction into the Turkish culture! For me it was great to see that all participants had nice small talks at the breaks and gave feedback so that I could adopt. In the end - this is your community, your CodeJam, your day - your wish is my command!
We had a relaxed atmosphere in a impressive environment with beautiful weather and great infrastructure. I have seen a lot of happy faces and I think a lot of people walked home with new friends and new knowledge. It was a fun day exploring SAP technology and getting hands-on the latest tools of SAP. This is what CodeJams are all about: having a great day, getting hands-on coding and engage in your local community! I also learned a lot of things this day and met really nice people! Many thanks for this great opportunity and again - Abul - thank you for hosting and organizing this event - and thank you all the participants for attending this event! I wish you all the best and good luck in your upcoming SAPUI5 development journey.