The topic of the performance of ABAP programs is also subject of the BC490 (ABAP Performance Tuning) course. BC490 focuses on analyzing and eliminating existing performance problems, whereas BC402 is concerned with avoiding performance problems even during the design and implementation of a program.
The course is also suitable for participants who are using a release older than the one specified (at lease SAP R/3 4.6) The topics “Shared Objects” and “Runtime Type Creation” are only relevant as of SAP NetWeaver 2004. Regular expressions are only relevant as of SAP NetWeaver 7.0. The following topics are only relevant for SAP NetWeaver 7.0 EhP2: Boxed components, new data types DECFLAOT16 and DECFLOAT34, string functions, string templates, internal tables with secondary keys, and SQL streams and locators.