7.4 Release News - Table Expressions

Overview

I hope, you are also satisfied with the new features of the 7.4 Release, you could have try out the different Inline Declarations (DATA or FIELD-SYMBOL), or you got the feeling of using the VALUE and NEW Constructor Expressions.

Today, we will deep dive into another topic, named Table Expressions. We can think of the table expressions as the short form for the READ TABLE statement.

All I can say is, that I was very happy, when I first heard about table expressions, because I just worked on a complex XML parser ABAP program, that used Simple Transformation to parse a really deep and complex XML structure. I made good use of the table expression, when I had to expand the deep structure into a simple flat structure.

So, what are the table expressions?