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asXML - Mapping of Reference Variables and Referenced Objects

Anonymous data objects and instances of classes (objects) are addressed in ABAP using references in reference variables only. The corresponding asXML format is made up of subelements of values for named reference variables and, as standard, subelements of heap for the referenced objects (this can be set up using the OPTIONS data_refs addition to the statement CALL TRANSFORMATION). The link between the reference elements and the object elements is set up by means of an XML reference mechanism, whereby a referenced object in the same XML document is identified with a key. The dynamic type of the reference variables for the object elements under heap is specified when serialization takes place, so that deserialization is unambiguous.

Other versions: 7.31 | 7.40 | 7.54


  • The asXML representation of reference variables and referenced objects is only of relevance for XSL transformations. You cannot currently use simple transformations to transform reference variables.


asXML - Named Reference Variables

asXML - Anonymous Data Objects

asXML - Class Instances