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Today was RTC of SAP NetWeaver 7.5 with AS ABAP 7.50. While there are already some big pictures around, let me provide you with some small ones.

As with ABAP 7.40, let's start with the question "What is ABAP 7.50?" and extend the figure that answered this question for 7.40.

The figure shows ABAP Language and ABAP Runtime Environment as seen by sy-saprl, so to say.

The good news is, we are back in calmer waters again. While the way to ABAP 7.40 was not too linear and  involved development in enhancement packages (EHPs as 7.02 and 7.31) and backports from NGAP, development from ABAP 7.40 on took place in support packages. The support packages 7.40, SP05 and  7.40, SP08 were delivered with new Kernels 7.41 and 7.42. New Kernels meant new functionality.  Good for you if you waited for exciting new things. Maybe not so good, if you see "support packages" as what they are: With support packages most people expect bug fixes but no new functionality. And that's why 7.40, SP08 was the last one bundled with a new Kernel. All further SPs for 7.40 stay on Kernel 742 and are real support packages again.

Of course, the ongoing development of ABAP did not stop with that. You might have heard rumors of 7.60 and Co. already. A new release line was opened for SAP's internal cloud development immediately, starting with ABAP 7.60 based on Kernel 7.43. This line has short release cycles, where each release is connected to an own Kernel and delivers new functionality. These releases are used - and thereby tested - by SAP-internal development teams.

For all the other environments than AS ABAP for Cloud Development, the now shipping release ABAP 7.50  was created as a copy of ABAP 7.62 based on Kernel 7.45. For these environments, as e.g. SAP S/4HANA or SAP NetWeaver 7.5 standalone, ABAP 7.50 is simply the direct successor of ABAP 7.40 and provides the ABAP Language and Runtime Environment for AS ABAP for NetWeaver 7.5. See the big pictures, where ABAP 7.50 will be available.

In an upcoming series of blogs I will present to you the most important ABAP news for ABAP 7.50. And there are quite some of them ...