In MapForce, the term component is what represents visually the structure of your data, or how data is to be transformed. Components are the central building pieces of any mapping. Components are represented as rectangular boxes in the Mapping pane. For information about types of MapForce components, see Mappings.
To add a component to the mapping, do one of the following:
•In the Insert menu, click the option relevant to the component type you wish to add (for example, XML Schema/File).
•Drag a file from Windows File Explorer into the mapping area. Note that this operation is only possible for compatible file-based components.
•Click the relevant button in the Insert Component toolbar (see screenshot below).
Each component type has a specific purpose and function. For component types, MapForce walks you through the process by displaying contextual wizard steps or dialog boxes. For example, if you are adding an XML schema, a notification dialog box prompts you to optionally select an instance file as well.
For more information about components, see Components. For specific information about each technology supported as a mapping source or target, see Data Sources and Targets. For information about MapForce built-in components used to store data temporarily or to transform it, see Designing Mappings.