Firstly, if you haven’t already seen it, have a look at the post describing the EnableSafeTyping binding property - http://blogs.msdn.com/adapters/archive/2007/11/24/the-enablesafetyping-binding-property.aspx.
Since the Adapter Pack V1 released, we have had requests from users, wherein, they want to expose the Date (DATS) and Time (TIMS) data types as a .NET DateTime (strong typing), but yet want the adapter to be able to handle common SAP values such as 00000000 for DATS (which in SAP would mean a MINVALUE or NULL for the Date field). Besides, we already know that SAP doesn’t validate the data in DATS, TIMS and NUMC fields, so you might end up receiving “invalid” data from a SAP RFC, but you yet want the strong typing in your client code.
As a result, we’ve added a new binding property named “DataTypesBehavior” in the SAP adapter. This property is actually a “complex” property, containing 12 sub-properties. I’ll first list the names of the sub-properties.
I’ll explain just a few of the above; you should then be able to figure out what the rest mean.
Additional information for each property, including details on the values which need to be specified for each property, can be obtained by peeking through the attached .txt file – it contains the comments present in the source code of the adapter for these individual properties.
NOTE – this binding property is present in the SAP Adapter in the Adapter Pack v2. For the Adapter Pack v1, there is a hotfix available (KB # 954539) – your Microsoft support contact should be able to obtain it for you.