Using Marketplace and Own Components 

Objectives

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the component marketplace
  • Create own components

Component Marketplace

We have looked at many components that are included by default in SAP Build Apps. These components can cover most use cases of action. However, if you want to develop a more customized app and add special components, you can use the Components Marketplace. SAP Build Apps as a component marketplace provides more than 500 prebuilt drag and drop components, which you can quickly install and use with or without customization.

The Component Marketplace is located in the Core Component tab at the top left above the Component Library. The marketplace contains not only new components that are constantly updated but also sections, for example, for flow functions and the logic that is discussed in the later part of this Learning Journey.

The core components are also listed in the Component Marketplace. This is why it makes sense to use the available filter to exclude these when exploring new components and to provide a better overview. In the filter setting, you can set the following options:

  • All available components.
  • Only components that have already been installed.
  • Components that have not been installed.
  • Own components.

The search function then enhances the search for new components required for a specific solution approach.

An advantage of the component marketplace is that you receive decentralized information about the individual components. This applies to those that have not been installed, as well as those that you have already installed or have been there by default.

To select or install a new component or to view information, the component simply needs to be chosen. A dialog box displays, containing various information such as a description, creation and update data, name of the maintainer, token, and sample display.

To make the desired component available:

  • Simply choose it.
  • And select Install.
  • The new component then displays under the Installed tab in the Components Library.

Use Components from the Marketplace

Business Scenario

Explore the Marketplace and install a component to evaluate the tracker function.

Exercise Options

To start the exercise, choose Start Exercise in the figure below.

A pop-up opens. You have the following options:

  • Start: the simulation starts. Follow the simulation to learn how to use components from the Marketplace.
  • Open PDF Document: a pdf opens. Based on the steps described in this document, you can perform the exercises in your own system landscape.

Custom Components

The last lessons explain the components with their properties and style settings in detail, along with various other continuously added components in the Marketplace. In this section, let's go a step further by combining previous knowledge and demonstrating how to create your own components. Using the component template editor, you can customize components extensively to suit your application’s needs. You can modify them and add different components together to create new ones.

It is a great feature of SAP Build Apps that lets you combine the basic components to create new, more sophisticated components. It is also easy as building blocks together. For example, you can combine a basic image component and a list component from the Component Library to create a new image list component that can be reused later.

This is just the beginning of what you can create using SAP Build Apps. Individual component elements are available in the Components Library to enable you to create your own customized components.

Create Your Own Component

Business Scenario

After using the main components and a component from the Marketplace, you will now build a custom component that maps the data from the tracker history. A separate page will be used for this.

Exercise Options

To start the exercise, choose Start Exercise in the figure below.

A pop-up opens. You have the following options:

  • Start: the simulation starts. Follow the simulation to learn how to create your own components.
  • Open PDF Document: a pdf opens. Based on the steps described in this document, you can perform the exercises in your own system landscape.

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