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LIKE - obsolete

Other versions: 7.31 | 7.40 | 7.54

Obsolete Syntax

... LIKE dtype ...


Outside of classes, the addition LIKE can also be used to refer to flat structures, database tables, or classic views in ABAP Dictionary, as well as to their components. 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 obscures the data type from ABAP Dictionary.


  • The addition LIKE should only be used to refer to data objects.

  • It is not possible to make a LIKE reference to a CDS entity. It is possible, however, to make a LIKE reference to a CDS database view.

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

Bad Example

DATA wa LIKE scarr.

Good Example

DATA wa TYPE scarr.