Simplifying Asynchronous Programming in SAPUI5 with Async/Await

Asynchronous programming is vital in JavaScript, particularly when using frameworks like SAPUI5 for web app development. It involves handling tasks that take time, such as fetching data from APIs, in a way that doesn't freeze the user interface. While callbacks and Promises were traditional methods, they often led to complex code. Enter async/await, a modern approach making asynchronous code more readable. This article explores using async/await in SAPUI5 with simple examples.

Understanding Asynchronous Programming

In synchronous programming, tasks are completed one after another. Asynchronous programming allows tasks to run concurrently, avoiding UI blockages.

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Introducing async/await

async/await are JavaScript keywords that make asynchronous code resemble synchronous code. async defines an asynchronous function, and await pauses execution until a Promise is fulfilled.

Using async/await in SAPUI5

Let's see how async/await simplifies SAPUI5 asynchronous code through easy examples.

Example 1: Fetching API Data

Traditionally, callbacks or Promises fetched data. async/await streamlines this:

async function fetchData() {

  try {

    const response = await fetch('');

    const data = await response.json();

    return data;

  } catch (error) {

    console.error('Error fetching data:', error);



async function processData() {

  const data = await fetchData();

  // Do something with the data


Example 2: Reading Files

In SAPUI5, reading files asynchronously can be simpler with async/await:

async function readFile(file) {
  return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
    const reader = new FileReader();
    reader.onload = () => {
    reader.onerror = () => {
async function processFile(selectedFile) {
  try {
    const fileContent = await readFile(selectedFile);
    // Do something with the file content
  } catch (error) {
    console.error('Error reading file:', error);

Example 3: SAPUI5 OData Requests

Using async/await for OData requests in SAPUI5:

async function getEmployees() {
  const oDataModel = new sap.ui.model.odata.v2.ODataModel('/serviceUrl');
  try {
    return await new Promise((resolve, reject) => {'/Employees', {
        success: (data) => resolve(data),
        error: (error) => reject(error)
  } catch (error) {
    console.error('Error fetching employees:', error);
async function displayEmployees() {
  try {
    const employees = await getEmployees();
    // Display employee data in the UI
  } catch (error) {
    console.error('Error displaying employees:', error);


Benefits of async/await

- Readability: Makes code easier to read by avoiding nested callbacks or complex Promise chains.

- Error Handling: Enables straightforward error handling using try/catch.

- Synchronous Flow: Resembles synchronous code, aligning with how we think.

- Debugging: Provides clear stack traces, easing debugging.

Asynchronous programming is core to web development. async/await simplifies SAPUI5 coding by making asynchronous code readable and responsive. Embrace it for organized and efficient code. By combining async/await with SAPUI5, you'll create user-friendly web apps adept at handling asynchronous tasks. Happy coding!

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