A MapForce mapping design (or simply "mapping") is the visual representation of how data is to be transformed from one format to another. A mapping consists of components that you add to the MapForce mapping area in order to create your data transformations (for example, convert XML documents from one schema to another). A valid mapping consists of one or several source components connected to one or several target components. You can run a mapping and preview its result directly in MapForce. You can generate code and execute it externally. You can also compile a mapping to a MapForce execution file and automate mapping execution using MapForce Server or FlowForce Server. MapForce saves mappings as files with .mfd extension.
To create a new mapping:
1.Do one of the following:
oOn the File menu, click New.
oClick the New ( ) toolbar button.
2.Click Mapping, and then click OK.
Your mapping is now created; however, it does not yet do anything because it is empty. A mapping requires at least two connected components to become valid, so the next step is to add components to the mapping (see Adding Components to the Mapping ) and draw connections between components (see Working with Connections ).