The advantage of SAPUI5 runtime is that it is a client – side HTML5 rendering library with a set of standard as well as extended user controls. It also lays the groundwork for a light weight programming model for both desktop and mobile applications.
SAPUI5 primarily delivers to different platforms. The SAPUI5 developer guide focuses solely on platform independent topics. If you are looking for details on SAPUI5 and it’s functionality, you may refer to the respective guide on SAPUI5
The primary goal of the application is to:
Historically, SAPUI was focused around proprietary UI frameworks like BSP, WEBUI and WebDynPro in ABAP and Java flavours. The technologies were sufficient n delivering the business processes offered by SAP to its customers. With the passage of time, the technologies could not leverage the offers by the clients. It was then that Adobe Flex and Microsoft Silverlight islands.
However, to deliver the UIs, there was a need for developers with different skills which made the clients hesitate to use the technology. SAP then tried to integrate AJAX into WebDynPro so that the UIs can initiate the development of mini HTTP calls on demand. In the past few years there has been a high consensus on updating HTML so that W3C and WHATWG can work in sync to bring HTML5 based on open standards and mobile compatibility.
Over the past few years, SAP has aligned its UI strategy around HTML5. SAPUI5 is based on the same. The entire industry is adapting itself to the SAPUI5 thereby creating a brighter future for the developers.
SAPUI5 supports any data transfer like XML, JSON, OData etc to consume and utlise data from SAP (Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing) or any other platform.