ABAP Objects Design Patterns – Proxy

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Proxy acts on behalf of some other objects. When working with Proxies, as name suggest, you work with another object rather than actual object. Lets checkout Proxy design pattern implementation in ABAP.

What is a Proxy?

Sometimes, you need to delay the instantiation of the object may be because its too costly to instantiate or it is not needed till certain point of time. You want to instantiate the object only after the basic validations. So, what you do is create an abstract layer in between the Client and object in the question. This abstract layer or the object is a proxy.

Proxy object only instantiate the object when it is required. If the object is not needed, it would not be created. Once the object is created, all the future operations would be carried over on the “Real” object instead of on the proxy object. Both – proxy and real – objects would implement the same interface. Thus both object can perform same operations seamlessly. Also the proxy object can pass all the signature to the real object.


I’ll use this UML to demonstrate the Proxy design pattern.

Proxy Design Patterns in ABAP

There are the components involved in the UML.

  • LIF_DATA – This interface provides common behavior with common interface. This is also referred as Subject. Since both Proxy & Real object would implement the subject, proxy can easily take place instead of the Real object.
  • LCL_PROXY_DATA – This class implements the Subject Interface. This also has an attribute O_T100_DATA which is a real object. This also controls how the real object is instantiated. If the real object is instantiated, proxy object would call the respective behavior of the real object. This is a Proxy Object.
  • LCL_T100_DATA – This class also implements the subject interface. This class contains all the business logic. This is called Real Object. Proxy will instantiate the real object and call the respective methods.

Code Lines

Here are the code lines to achieve Proxy in ABAP:

Proxy Design Patterns

REPORT  znp_dp_proxy.
INTERFACE lif_data.
  DATA: t_t100 TYPE tt_t100.
  METHODS: get_data
    IMPORTING iv_spras TYPE spras OPTIONAL
    CHANGING ct_data TYPE tt_t100.
  METHODS: write_data.
ENDINTERFACE.                    "lif_data
CLASS lcl_proxy_data DEFINITION.
    INTERFACES: lif_data.
    DATA: o_t100_data TYPE REF TO lif_data.
ENDCLASS.                    "lcl_proxy_Data DEFINITION
CLASS lcl_t100_data DEFINITION.
    INTERFACES: lif_data.
ENDCLASS.                    "lcl_t100_Data DEFINITION
  METHOD lif_data~get_data.
*   validations
    IF iv_spras NE sy-langu.
*   Authority check
*   some other check
*   instantiate "Real" Object
    CREATE OBJECT o_t100_data TYPE lcl_t100_data.
        iv_spras = iv_spras
        ct_data = ct_data ).
  ENDMETHOD.                    "lif_data~get_data
  METHOD lif_data~write_data.
    IF o_t100_data IS NOT BOUND.
      WRITE:/ 'No data to display'.
      o_t100_data->write_data( ).
  ENDMETHOD.                    "lif_data~write_Data
ENDCLASS.                    "lcl_proxy_Data IMPLEMENTATION
  METHOD lif_data~get_data.
*   This process takes very long time to
*   get the data. You can imagine this happening
*   when accessing big tables without index.
    SELECT * FROM t100
      INTO TABLE lif_data~t_t100
      UP TO 20 ROWS
      WHERE sprsl = iv_spras.
    ct_data = lif_data~t_t100.
  ENDMETHOD.                    "lif_data~get_data
  METHOD lif_data~write_data.
    DATA: lv_lines TYPE i.
    lv_lines = LINES( lif_data~t_t100 ).
    WRITE: / 'Total lines',lv_lines.
  ENDMETHOD.                    "lif_data~write_Data
ENDCLASS.                    "lcl_t100_Data IMPLEMENTATION
CLASS lcl_main_app DEFINITION.
ENDCLASS.                    "lcl_main_app DEFINITION
  METHOD run.
    DATA: lo_proxy TYPE REF TO lif_data.
    DATA: lt_data TYPE tt_t100.
    CREATE OBJECT lo_proxy TYPE lcl_proxy_data.
    lo_proxy->get_data( EXPORTING iv_spras = 'D'
                        CHANGING ct_data = lt_data ).
    lo_proxy->write_data( ).
    CREATE OBJECT lo_proxy TYPE lcl_proxy_data.
    lo_proxy->get_data( EXPORTING iv_spras = sy-langu
                        CHANGING ct_data = lt_data ).
    lo_proxy->write_data( ).
  ENDMETHOD.                    "run
ENDCLASS.                    "lcl_main_app IMPLEMENTATION
  lcl_main_app=>run( ).

Design Time Consideration

You should consider these step while implementing the Proxy design pattern.

  • Create an interface or an Abstract class based on the requirement of the Subject.
  • Implement the Interface to create a real subject
  • Implement the interface to create a Proxy object. Make sure all the validation or all the operations which may not execute the real business logic. Once the object is created, simply call the methods of the real subject.

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