Business Application Programming Interface
<business, application, programming> (BAPI) /bap'ee/ A set of methods
provided by an SAP business object.
Release 4.0 of SAP AG's R/3 system supports object-oriented programming via an
interface defined in terms of objects and methods called BAPIs. For example if a
material object provides a function to check availability, the corresponding SAP
business object type "Material" might provide a BAPI called
The definitions of SAP business objects and their BAPIs are kept in an SAP
business object repository. SAP provide classes and libraries to enable a
programming team to build SAP applications that use business objects and BAPIs.
Supported environments include COM and Java.
The Open BAPI Network. gives background information and lists objects
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