I had the opportunity to chat with Craig Cmehil, an SAP employee who developed what’s becoming a popular scripting environment. Cmehil developed the product on his own time and focused on putting together a package of scripting tools that support developers in SAP environments. Called Scripting in a Box, the development environment supports Perl, PHP, and Python and Ruby and support for Ruby on Rails will be released as early as this week in version 1.0.
So what’s all the hype about? Well, Cmehil said that most SAP customers are using Java or .NET, but a growing number of developers are moving toward open source programming languages. PHP, Perl and others take up much less space doing with 20 lines of code what 100 lines of code will do in Java.
For a long time, developers have had a hard time convincing upper level managers to move forward with scripting projects. Often many pieces and correct versions of various tools are needed in order for the whole project to work. The process seemed too complicated. Scripting in a Box solves that and also includes test applications that can connect with SAP back-end systems.