BizTalk Mapping Patterns & An Introduction to WABS Maps

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BizTalk Mapping Patterns & an Introduction to WABS Maps, Maps or Transformations are one of the most common components in the integration processes. They act as essential translators in the decoupling …

BizTalk Mapping Patterns & an Introduction to WABS Maps, 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 the last couple of month I have been writing a free eBook about “BizTalk Mapping Patterns and Best Practices” that will soon be released, and this will be a good opportunity for you to see what you can expect. In this session I will try to address and explain some common mapper problems, specifying best practices and some of the best ways to address common problems by choosing the right approach. For me there is no perfect solution to solve a particular mapping problem, and most of the times we can find several ways to solve it depending on the experience and knowledge that we have or technologies and tools that we like to use, but all of them have advantages and disadvantages. Not always the best solution is the best approach to address the problem, you must understanding the problem and the requirements, researching the available options and taking actions to achieve your goals sometimes base on:
•What’s the best approach to have performance? Is my message so big that I really need to worry about performance? Do I really need High performance?
•Can I easily maintain this map? It is easy to read and understand? What the estimated effort for debug, finding and fix problems?
•What the expertise levels required to create and maintain this map approach? What much time do I need to develop?

Finally I will try to make an introduction to the Windows Azure BizTalk Service maps, at the first glance the map editor seems to be the same that we used in BizTalk, but although the concept be the same this is a very different editor. And hopefully you will enhance your skills when using BizTalk Server and WABS Mapper editor
BizTalk Summit 2014, London March 03-04
Brought to you by BizTalk360

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  • 1. brought to you by BizTalk Mapping Patterns & an Introduction to WABS Maps SANDRO PEREIRA
  • 2. Senior Software Developer at DevScope Microsoft Integration MVP since 2011  Writer of numerous articles for Portuguese eMagazine “Programar”  Author “Sandro Pereira BizTalk Blog” http://sandroaspbiztalkblog.wordpress.com  Member of “BizTalkAdminsblogging.com” and “BizTalk Brasil” community  Member NetPonto community  MSDN BizTalk Forums Moderator  TechNet Wiki author (Wiki Ninja)  TechNet Gallery, Code Gallery and CodePlex contributor  Public speaker  Technical Reviewer PACKT Publishing  BizTalk Server 2010 Cookbook (April 2012)
  • 3.  BizTalk Mapper Patterns Common mapper problems and solutions  Introduction to Windows Azure BizTalk Services Maps Main differences between BizTalk Mapper Design and the WABS Transform Designer  Best Practices (if we have time)
  • 4. Soon… Free eBook Author
  • 5. DIRECT TRANSLATION PATTERN How can we transform the incoming message if the target message have a different semantic representation? DATA TRANSLATION PATTERN How can we transform the incoming message if the target message have a different data formats? CONTENT ENRICHER PATTERN How can we transform the incoming message if the message originator does not have all the required data items available expected by the target message?
  • 6. AGGREGATOR PATTERN How do we combine the results of individual, but related messages, so that they can be processed as a whole to generate the target message? CONTENT FILTER PATTERN (Data Cleaning Pattern) How can we transform the incoming message if the target message requires less information that the originator message? SPLITTER PATTERN How can we process an incoming message into a series of outgoing messages so that they can be sent to multiple recipient and processed in different ways?
  • 7. GROUPING PATTERN How can we transform the incoming message if the target message requires that the body of the message must be delivered grouped in a certain way? SORTING PATTERN How can we transform the incoming message if the target message requires that the body of the message must be delivered in a certain order? CONDITIONAL PATTERN How can we transform the incoming message if the target message requires that the data items available in message originator can be passed according on a set of conditions?
  • 8. LOOPING PATTERN How can we transform the incoming message if the target and/or originator message have a complex and recursive structures? How can we apply a set of common procedures to be apply many times? CANONICAL DATA MODEL PATTERN How do you process messages that are semantically equivalent, but arrive in a different format? And How can you minimize dependencies when integrating applications that use different data formats? NAME-VALUE TRANSFORMATION PATTERN How can we transform the incoming message if the target message requires a name– value pair (NVP) structure? Or if the target message requires a hierarchical schema but the originator message have a NVP structure?
  • 9. Demos BizTalk Mapper Patterns specifying best practices and some of the best ways to address some of your needs within the context of message transformation.
  • 10. BizTalk Mapper Design • Functoids (Advanced, Conversion, Cumulative, Database, Date and Time, Logical, Mathematical, Scientific, String) • The transformation are created using XSLT Transform Designer • Operations (String Operations, Loop Operations, List Operations, Cumulative Operations, Date / Time Operations, Miscellaneous Operations, Expressions) • The transformation are created using Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML)
  • 11. BizTalk Mapper Design • All functionalities at design time • Debugging, Testing and validate Transform Designer • Limited operations • Only support testing (and validation while testing)
  • 12. BizTalk Mapper Design • Importing Custom XSLT external code • Importing External .NET assembly Transform Designer • Importing Custom XSLT external code Note: • Custom Inline XSLT is not supported. • You can only use CSharp Scripting inside WABS maps.
  • 13. Demos WABS Maps an introduction to the new Map Editor. How to migrate BizTalk Maps to WABS Maps and how to apply some of the Mapper Patterns in this new editor.
  • 14. Hard to track relationships No search capabilities No cut/copy/paste or undo
  • 15. Page 4Page 3Page 2 Grid Pages Grid Preview • Create unlimited different pages • Isolate different parts of a map • Work with different parts of a map separately • Must create connected functoids on the same layer • Find and work with a portion of a large map  Page 1 ItemID Qty UnitPrice Record PO Status Order PO Number Date Item No Quantity Order Status Destination Schema Date Total Price (..) X Source Schema
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  • 24. Better UI for complex or large transformations • Reduce background “noise” using highlight propagation • Auto-scrolling and sibling coalescing help locate nodes Enhanced functionality • Support for search • Improved productivity with cut/copy/paste/move/ undo • Predictive match • Improved support for documenting map and readability
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  • 26. www.devscope.net