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LIKE - obsolete

Other versions: 7.31 | 7.40 | 7.54

Obsolete Syntax

... LIKE dtype ...


Outside of classes, you can also use the addition LIKE to refer to flat structures, database tables, or views of in ABAP Dictionary, as well as to the properties of data objects. A LIKE reference to the flat components of a deep dictionary structure is not possible. This affects the following ways of using LIKE:

  • in the declarative statements TYPES, DATA, and so on.

If there is a data object called dtype in a local context, then this object hides the data type from ABAP Dictionary.


  • Use the addition LIKE only to refer to data objects.

  • Always use the addition TYPE to refer to data types.

Bad example

DATA wa LIKE scarr.

Good example

DATA wa TYPE scarr.