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Creating Maps Using BizTalk Mapper

BizTalk® Mapper is a tool that runs within the Microsoft® Visual Studio® .NET environment. You use Mapper to create and edit maps to translate or to transform messages. Maps are used in orchestrations, as the following figure suggests, and may also be used in send port message processing.

Maps in Business Processing

Maps enable you to translate and to transform messages. Translation is the process of converting a message from one format to another format, such as converting a flat file into an XML file. Transformation is the process of taking information from one message and inserting it in another message. For example, you might take shipping and billing addresses from a purchase order and insert them in an invoice document.

BizTalk Mapper uses its own graphical system of icons and links to represent the translation and transformation of input instance messages to output instance messages. Mapper uses the same graphical representation of schemas as BizTalk Editor. BizTalk Mapper stores its maps as Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) stylesheets.

For information about creating schemas, see Creating Schemas Using BizTalk Editor. For information about using maps within orchestrations, see Developing Orchestrations. For instructions about using maps in send port processing, see Managing Business Processes Using BizTalk Explorer

Note  The performance of a map depends on the complexity of the map (the number and type of functoids and schema size), the size of the input message, and your hardware.

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