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
To add a component to the mapping, do one of the following:
•On the Insert menu, click the option relevant for the component type you wish to add (for example, XML Schema/File).
•Drag a file from Windows File Explorer onto the mapping area. Note that this operation is possible only for compatible file-based components.
•Click the relevant button on the Insert Component toolbar.
Insert Component toolbar (MapForce Enterprise Edition)
Each component type has specific purpose and behavior. For component types where that is necessary, 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 an introduction to components, see Working with Components. For specific information about each technology supported as mapping source or target, see Data Sources and Targets. For information about MapForce built-in components used to store data temporarily or transform it (such as filtering or sorting), see Designing Mappings.