BizTalk Server 2020 – 20 days, 20 posts: BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard for BizTalk Server 2020

BizTalk Server 2020 – 20 days, 20 posts – day 5. I will finish my challenge regardless of all these constraints we are facing, and that limits our free time. So, while my wife was sleeping our cute little monster yesterday, I was able to migrate this tool and test it to be compatible with BizTalk Server 2020. Today while she is doing the same, I’m publishing this productivity tool for those that love BizTalk Mapper as I do: BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard. Once again, I hope you enjoy and find this tool useful. 

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard is a Custom Functoid Project Wizard for Visual Studio 2019. It allows you to create new Functoids project for BizTalk Server 2020 without having to create manually the project, in other words, having to manually create:

  • A new class library project in Visual Studio;
  • 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 Item Template for Visual Studio: Custom BizTalk Functoid will facilitate and significantly expedite the development process of our projects.

BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard Installation

To use this project template download the executable files available on the 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 Server 2020 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 Server 2020 MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard Installation folder Screen
  • On the Confirm Installation screen, confirm your intent to install by clicking Next.
BizTalk Server 2020 MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard Confirm Screen
  • On the Installation Complete screen, click close and the installation is complete.
BizTalk Server 2020 MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard Complete Screen

Now you can see a new BizTalk project Wizard on Visual Studio 2019. Unfortunately, Visual Studio 2019 has a completely different look and fill and you will not be able to see this project under “BizTalk” projects in your Visual Studio 2019, instead, you need to search for it or scroll down to find it.

Visual Studio 2019 BizTalk Server Functoid Project option

I still need to find a way to solve this limitation or release a different approach to solve this issue and have a more friendly approach.

Create New Functoid Project

To create a new functoid using this project template choose the option BizTalk Server Functoid Project in Visual Studio 2019 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 Type” 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.

Visual Studio 2019 BizTalk Server Functoid Project sample
  • Open the generated class and implement your code

Other versions

This tool is also available for the following BizTalk Server versions:

Download

You can download the source code from:
BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard for BizTalk Server 2020BizTalk MapperExtensions Functoid Wizard for BizTalk Server 2020
GitHub

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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