Maps or transformations are one of the most common components in the integration processes. They act as essential translators in the decoupling between the different systems to connect. In this article, as we explore the BizTalk Mapper Designer, we will
explain its main concepts, covering slightly themes such as product architecture, BizTalk Schemas and some of the most widely used standards in the translation of messages.
Maps transform messages from a source schema format to a target schema format. They are created with the BizTalk Mapper, a visual tool used to map between schemas by drawing lines from source to target and by using functoids.
Functoids are BizTalk components that provide encapsulated functionality for doing things like Boolean logic and string manipulation. The screenshot below shows the map Workplace.
XSL Stands for Extensible Style sheet Language, and is a style sheet language for XML documents.
XSLT Stands for XSL Transformations.
The Built-In Functoids as shown above, BizTalk Mapper uses the XSLT as its source languages.
The steps below help to create the custom XSLT and apply to the maps.
Using the Direct XSLT (Custom-XSLT) we have the performance benefits when compared to the direct mapping.
The Custom XSLT is the best option when the mapping logic is very complex (using lot of functoids and scripting functoids) to reach our logic.
In the past couple of months, I learnt when to use the BizTalk Virtual Mapper (Using Functoids...) and when to use the Custom-XSLT mapping.
Although, the post might be a debatable but I consider them to be a good guidelines for my future BizTalk mapping practices.
My choice is using the Custom-XSLT than using the BizTalk Mapper, once you get used to it, I guarantee you will not want to go back to using clunky visual interface ever again, the main reasons are…
If we have a simple map which uses no scripting functoids and some 50-100 connections will be easy to understand.
For the more complex map as the scenario above, custom XSLT will be very good.
The Custom-XSLT is very easy to maintain when designed properly.
The Complexity of the Map that is designed using the Custom-XSLT is really less when compared with the map designed using the BizTalk virtual Mapper.
Just consider the map which is very complex and requires you to have more logical pages to have a clear view. In this case, maintaining the complex BizTalk map would far outweigh the benefits of rapidly creating in the visual interface. In this case the
Custom XSLT will be good choice.
My Preference is using the Custom - XSLT which is a good choice if you are most familiar with the XSLT.
If you are not familiar with the XSLT, you need to get the good learning XSLT kit to get familiarized, to build the complicated project efficiently...
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