BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard for BizTalk Server 2016

Being an MVP, and a community leader, one of my roles is to motivate others members to start contributing to the community and at DevScope we have great new technicians that sometimes only need to be pushed and motivated… this time I challenged my coworker Rui Silva to collaborate with me on this small project and the result is here: BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard for BizTalk Server 2016.

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard is a Custom Functoid Project Wizard for Visual Studio 2015. It allows you to create a new Functoid project for BizTalk Server 2016 without having to create manually the project, in other words, having to manually create:

  • A new class library project in Visual Studio 2015;
  • Add a reference to the Microsoft.BizTalk.BaseFunctoids assembly;
  • Add New Class and having to code the entire class;

This Wizard will do this process automatically, and used in conjunction with BizTalk Server: Custom BizTalk Functoid item template for Visual Studio 2015 will facilitate and significantly expedite the development process of our projects. The only thing you will need to do is create a new Custom Functoid Project and a wizard will pop-up, fill in the required fields and when you finish the process a new Custom Functoid project is built. Just change the execution method with your own algorithms, build your project and it’s done. You’ll see your new Functoid in BizTalk Server 2015 Mapper once you import it to Visual Studio Toolbox.

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard Installation

To use this project template download the executable files available on “Installation Files” folder and run the setup file.

Once you run the setup file follow these steps:

  • On the “Welcome to the BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Template Setup Wizard” screen, click “Next”.

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard: Welcome Screen

  • On the “Select Installation Folder” screen, select the folder where you want to install the Wizard and select the option “Everyone”. Click “Next” to continue.

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard: Installation Folder Screen

  • On the “Confirm Installation” screen, confirm your intent to install by clicking “Next”

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard: Confirm Screen

  • On the “Installation Complete” screen, click close and the installation is complete

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard: Complete Screen

Now you can see a new BizTalk project template option under “BizTalk projects” in your Visual Studio 2015.

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard: Visual Studio Functoid Project

Create New Functoid Project

To create a new functoid using this project template choose the option “BizTalk Server Functoid Project” in Visual Studio 2015 and a Wizard will pop-up. Follow the requirements of this wizard to create the Functoid.

  • In the “Start” screen, click “Next” to continue

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard: Start Screen

  • In the “General Project Properties” screen, fill the Functoid class name, namespace and create or select a new Strong Key (you can use an existing one). Click “Next” to continue.

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard: General Properties Screen

  • In the “Functoid Properties” screen, define the Functoid ID (must be greater than 10000), the functoid name, the tooltip (short description) and description (full description). Click “Next” to continue.

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard: Functoid Properties Screen

  • In the second “Functoid Properties” screen, choose the functoid category and the implementation language (the language in which you want to implement your functoid behavior code): C# or VB.NET. Click “Next” to continue.

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard: Functoid Properties Screen

  • In the “Functoid Parameters and Connection Types” screen, define the functoid function name, function inputs and types and output and types. Click “Next” to continue.

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard: Functoid Parameters Screen

  • On the final screen, click “Finish” to create the Visual Studio project.

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard: Result Screen

Visual Studio will create a new Project based on your implementation language and definitions provided in the Wizard.

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard: Project Sctructure

  • Open the generated class and implement your code

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard: Project Code
Once again, special thanks to Rui Silva who accepted the challenge and collaborated with me in order to finalize this project.

You can download the Source Code or contribute to the project here:

BizTalk.MapperExtensions.Functoid.Wizard
GitHub

You can download the installation files (only executables) here:

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard: BizTalk Server 2016 Installation files (1.1 MB)
Microsoft | TechNet Gallery

Author: Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a consultant at DevScope. In the past years, he has been working on implementing Integration scenarios both on-premises and cloud for various clients, each with different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality, using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server and different technologies like AS2, EDI, RosettaNet, SAP, TIBCO etc. He is a regular blogger, international speaker, and technical reviewer of several BizTalk books all focused on Integration. He is also the author of the book “BizTalk Mapping Patterns & Best Practices”. He has been awarded MVP since 2011 for his contributions to the integration community.

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