BizTalk Mapper Extensions UtilityPack: XPath Functoids for BizTalk Server 2020

Today we will focus on another set of libraries available for BizTalk Server 2020: XPath Functoids. This library was created a few years ago by Martijn Schiedon and is part of the BizTalk Mapper Extensions UtilityPack project that now is being migrate to BizTalk Server 2020.

XPath Functoids

This library includes a suite of functoids that provides XPath methods that you can use this inside BizTalk mapper.

This project includes the following Custom Functoids:

  • XPath Functoid: This functoid natively integrates custom XPath queries in the BizTalk mapper. This unique functoid which is a powerful competitor to the Scripting Functoid or a custom XSLT stylesheet and mixes exceptionally well with other functoids.
    • The functoid takes one mandatory input parameter and one optional parameter:
      • The first parameter specifies an absolute or relative XPath expression, which becomes a native part of the generated XSLT.
      • The (optional) second parameter is a link to the source tree node that becomes the (looping) context for the XPath expression.
    • This defines the current context node for the XPath expression and allows the use of relative XPath expressions.
    • Additionally, the mapper will generate a looping construct for that linked node where appropriate.
    • The functoid output can be linked to a destination schema node or serve as input to other functoids.

BizTalk Mapper Extensions UtilityPack

BizTalk Mapper Extensions UtilityPack is a set of libraries with several useful functoids to include and use it in a map, which will provide an extension of BizTalk Mapper capabilities.

BizTalk Mapper Extensions UtilityPack for BizTalk Server 2020

Where to download?

You can download this functoid along with all the existing one on the BizTalk Mapper Extensions UtilityPack  here:

BizTalk Mapper Extensions UtilityPack GitHub RepositoryBizTalk Mapper Extensions UtilityPack

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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