In MapForce, the term "component" is what represents visually the structure (schema) of your data, or how data is to be transformed (functions). Components are the central building pieces of any mapping. On the mapping area, components appear as rectangles. The following are examples of MapForce components:
•Flat files (CSV, fixed-length, and other text files)
•EDI documents (UN/EDIFACT, ANSI X12, HL7)
•Excel 2007+ files
•Simple input components
•Simple output components
•XML Schemas and DTDs
A connection is a line that you can draw between two connectors. By drawing connections, you instruct MapForce to transform data in a specific way (for example, read data from an XML document and write it to another XML document).
A connector is a small triangle displayed on the left or right side of a component. The connectors displayed on the left of a component provide data entry points to that component. The connectors displayed on the right of a component provide data exit points from that component.
Credential objects provide a way to make authentication data (such as usernames, passwords, and OAuth authentication details) portable across various mapping execution environments, in a secure way. Credentials are useful in mappings that require basic HTTP authentication or OAuth 2.0 authorization. You can define credentials in MapForce and also in FlowForce Server. If credentials were defined in MapForce, you can optionally deploy them to FlowForce Server, similar to how mappings are deployed.