The Code Inspector tool performs a static check of repository objects regarding performance, security, syntax, and adherence to naming conventions. Transaction SCI can be called to use the full range of functions of Code Inspector to perform complex static checks and regular mass tests for large numbers of development objects.
Code Inspector can also be called from ABAP Workbench to perform a standard set of checks for the current object, for example by choosing Program → Check → Code Inspector in ABAP Editor. The standard check variant used here contains most of the checks from the extended program check, as well as a few additional security and performance checks. Code Inspector can also be integrated into the release of transports.
As in the extended program check, the results of Code Inspector are divided into three categories (errors, warnings, and simple messages), which you can hide using special pseudo comments.
Use the standard Code Inspector check variant
Perform the standard check variant of Code Inspector before releasing a program, and correct all error messages.
If the extended program
check is used, the standard check variant of Code Inspector only reports messages and checks that
are not covered by the extended program check. These are mainly messages relating to potential performance
or security risks in programs. Examples are messages about unfavorable
conditions in a
SELECT, a pass by value instead of a pass by reference for parameters, or non-secure program calls.
Compared with the messages of the extended program check, it is not always so easy to correct these problems at their source, perhaps because there is no other option for a selection, or because the transparency or robustness of a construct is seen as more important than a small potential loss of performance.
In such cases, the messages can be suppressed using the appropriate pseudo comments. A pseudo comment is a clear indication to the reader of a program that the program author has performed the relevant checks and has explicitly suppressed the message for a good reason. If necessary, pseudo comments can be substantiated by additional normal comments.
A standard Code Inspector run for the example class below issues warnings because an internal table
is returned by pass by value and an inner join for database tables with activated SAP buffering is used in the
CLASS class DEFINITION FINAL. PUBLIC SECTION. TYPES: BEGIN OF docu_wa, object TYPE dokil-object, dokldate TYPE dokhl-dokldate, dokltime TYPE dokhl-dokltime, END OF docu_wa, docu_tab TYPE SORTED TABLE OF docu_wa WITH NON-UNIQUE KEY object. METHODS get_docu IMPORTING VALUE(langu) TYPE sy-langu EXPORTING VALUE(documents) TYPE docu_tab. ENDCLASS. CLASS class IMPLEMENTATION. METHOD get_docu. SELECT d~object, h~dokldate, h~dokltime FROM dokil AS d INNER JOIN dokhl AS h ON h~id = d~id AND h~object = d~object AND h~typ = d~typ AND h~langu = d~langu AND h~dokversion = d~version WHERE d~id = 'SD' AND d~object LIKE 'AB%' AND d~typ = 'E' AND d~langu = @langu INTO CORRESPONDING FIELDS OF TABLE @documents. ENDMETHOD. ENDCLASS.
The source code below shows the corrected version of the above class, for which Code Inspector no longer issues any messages.
The pass by value of the internal table is replaced by a pass by reference. For the transfer of the
langu, the pass by value is left unchanged to ensure
robustness. In the standard check used, it would not have triggered a warning in any case. If Code Inspector
displays a warning in a case such as this, it can be hidden by using the pseudo comment
The inner join of the
SELECT statement bypasses the SAP buffering; this would
lead to performance problems if the method was called frequently. However let us assume (for purpose
of this example) that the method is part of a larger application, where shared objects ensure that the
selected data is buffered. In this case, the inner join should be used instead of other constructs with
poor performance, such as a nested
SELECT loop. As a result, the warning
from Code Inspector is hidden using the pseudo comment
#EC CI_BUFFJOIN. The reasons for this are described in a regular comment.
CLASS class DEFINITION FINAL. PUBLIC SECTION. TYPES: BEGIN OF docu_wa, object TYPE dokil-object, dokldate TYPE dokhl-dokldate, dokltime TYPE dokhl-dokltime, END OF docu_wa, docu_tab TYPE SORTED TABLE OF docu_wa WITH NON-UNIQUE KEY object. METHODS get_docu IMPORTING VALUE(langu) TYPE sy-langu "#EC CI_VALPAR EXPORTING REFERENCE(documents) TYPE docu_tab. ENDCLASS. CLASS class IMPLEMENTATION. METHOD get_docu. SELECT d~object, h~dokldate, h~dokltime "#EC CI_BUFFJOIN FROM dokil AS d INNER JOIN dokhl AS h "Buffering is done ON h~id = d~id AND "by application h~object = d~object AND "with Shared Objects h~typ = d~typ AND h~langu = d~langu AND h~dokversion = d~version WHERE d~id = 'SD' AND d~object LIKE 'AB%' AND d~typ = 'E' AND d~langu = @langu INTO CORRESPONDING FIELDS OF TABLE @documents. ENDMETHOD. ENDCLASS.