This is why I like openUI5!

Last week at SAP TechEd Bangalore, SAP made a great step forward for the embracement of the Open Source development: OPENUI5 was released; Andreas Kunz wrote a very detailed blog What is OpenUI5 / SAPUI5 ? some days ago.

So I decided to use these libraries in order to create an application that could show the power of OPENUI5 as an Open Source framework for enterprise-ready web applications. In my case I decided to create a very simple Phone Book that consumes data form a Google Drive Form.

Google Form

Google saves this data as a Google Spreadsheet on Google Drive


Here comes the power of open standards, from Google Drive you can expose your data in order to be consumed from different resources. Form File menu select Publish to the web

Phonebook publish

Now your data is available as a web resource, in my example using the URL OpenUI5 demo (Responses)


It is not explicitly mentioned but this data is now available also as a JSON REST service via the URI

Phonebook json

Via a simple PHP proxy (base source) that I adapted with the snipped of code below, I retrieved this data and exposed as a formatted JSON that can be easily consumed by an OPENUI5 application.

Phonebook json

Here comes the fun, OPENUI5 is a library that allows you to create a professional application rapidly and easily; it took me just a couple of days during my free time to create a fully working Enterprise Mobile Phonebook that works on desktop, tablet and phone:

OpenUI5 Phonebook on Desktop


OpenUI5 Phonebook on iPhone


This is just an idea that would show the versatility of OPENUI5 (aka SAPUI5) also in not SAP contexts.

If you want to play around and study the source code of this application you can access to the Phonebook form to add new data and the Phonebook application to see the final output.

Code is also share on GitHUB


  • Security: this form is public visible without any restriction for demo purposes, you can easily protect your data using Google authentication.
  • Validation: for the purpose of this demo very few validations have been implemented, in a productive solution you should consider implementing validation logic.

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