What Is ABAP Data Structure?


Scott Campbell

Are you familiar with ABAP Data Structures? If not, don’t worry!

In this article, we will dive deep into the world of ABAP Data Structures and understand their importance in SAP programming. So, let’s get started!

What is ABAP Data Structure?

ABAP Data Structure is a container that allows you to store and organize related data in a structured format. It consists of various components or fields, each with its own data type and length. These components can be elementary types such as integers or characters, or they can be other data structures.

ABAP Data Structures provide a way to group related data together, making it easier to manage and manipulate complex data sets. They are widely used in SAP systems for various purposes like storing program data, transferring data between different modules, and defining table structures.

Defining an ABAP Data Structure

To define an ABAP Data Structure, you need to use the DATA statement followed by the name of the structure and its components. Each component should be defined with its own data type using the TYPE keyword. Here’s an example:

DATA: lv_name TYPE string,
lv_age TYPE i,
lv_salary TYPE p DECIMALS 2.

In the above example, we define an ABAP Data Structure named ZEMPLOYEE. It has three components: lv_name, lv_age, and lv_salary. The component lv_name has a type of string, lv_age has a type of integer (i), and lv_salary has a type of packed number (p) with 2 decimal places.

Accessing Data in an ABAP Data Structure

Once you have defined an ABAP Data Structure, you can access its components using the dot notation. Here's how you can assign values to the components of the ZEMPLOYEE structure:

ls_employee-lv_name = 'John Doe'.
ls_employee-lv_age = 30.
ls_employee-lv_salary = 5000.00.

In the above example, we assign values to the components of the ZEMPLOYEE structure using the dot notation. We set the lv_name component to 'John Doe', lv_age component to 30, and lv_salary component to 5000.

Nested ABAP Data Structures

In addition to elementary types, ABAP Data Structures can also contain other data structures. This allows you to create complex hierarchical structures with multiple levels. Here's an example:

ls_employee TYPE ZEMPLOYEE.


ls_address-street = '123 Main Street'.
ls_address-city = 'New York'.
ls_address-zipcode = '10001'.

ls_employee-lv_name = 'Jane Smith'.
ls_employee-lv_age = 35.
ls_employee-lv_salary = 6000.
ls_employee-address = ls_address.

APPEND ls_employee TO lt_employees.

In the above example, we define another ABAP Data Structure named ZADDRESS, which represents an address with three components: street, city, and zipcode. The ZEMPLOYEE structure is then extended to include the address component of type ZADDRESS. We assign the address values to the components of the ZADDRESS structure and then assign the entire ZADDRESS structure to the address component of the ZEMPLOYEE structure.

We also declare a table of type ZEMPLOYEE named lt_employees. We append the employee data to this table using the APPEND statement.

In Conclusion

In this article, we explored ABAP Data Structures and their significance in SAP programming. We learned how to define data structures, access their components, and create nested structures.

ABAP Data Structures are essential for organizing and managing complex data in SAP systems. So, next time you work on an SAP project, don't forget to leverage the power of ABAP Data Structures!

I hope this article provided you with a comprehensive understanding of ABAP Data Structures. Happy coding!