Global Resource Setup Part 2
The second part of the global resource setup consists in defining properties of a global resource in the Global Resource dialog box. The properties depend on the type of a global resource (see subsections below). You can access the Global Resource dialog box by clicking the Add button in the Manage Global Resources dialog box.
The file-specific properties are shown in the Global Resource dialog box below. The setup has three major parts: (i) the name of the file, (ii) the location of this file, and (iii) the list of configurations defined for this file alias.
The settings Result of MapForce Transformation and Result of StyleVision Transformation are discussed in Transformation Results as Global Resources.
The folder-specific properties are shown in the Global Resource dialog box below. The setup has three major parts: (i) the name of the folder, (ii) the location of this folder, and (iii) the list of configurations defined for this folder alias.
When you add a database connection as a global resource, a connection wizard guides you through the steps required to set up the connection. For more information, see Start Database Connection Wizard. Once you complete the wizard, the database connection parameters are displayed in the Global Resource dialog box (see screenshot below).
In the Global Resource dialog box, it is possible to edit some of the database connection parameters. The parameters are grouped into two categories: database parameters and MapForce-specific execution parameters (see below).
These parameters are shared among Altova applications. In MapForce, they are used at design time, that is, when the mapping is loaded, or when you click the Output pane in MapForce to preview the mapping.
MapForce-specific execution parameters
These parameters are applicable when you generate program code or compile a mapping to MapForce Server execution file (.mfx). They are used at mapping runtime as follows:
•In generated C++, C#, or Java program code.
•If you compile the mapping to a MapForce Server execution file, and automatic JDBC conversion takes place. For more information about automatic JDBC conversion, see Database mappings in various execution environments.
If a mapping uses a Global Resource to connect to a database, the database connection details in the Global Resource dialog box take precedence over those defined in the mapping. The Component Settings dialog box informs you that the connectivity parameters are defined as a Global Resource. To change the database component to connect to the database directly (without using Global Resources), click Change, and follow the wizard steps to reconnect to the database.
Global Resource dialog icons
Add Configuration: Pops up the Add Configuration dialog in which you enter the name of the configuration to be added.
Add Configuration as Copy: Pops up the Add Configuration dialog in which you can enter the name of the configuration to be created as a copy of the selected configuration.
Delete: Deletes the selected configuration.
Open: Browse for the file to be created as the global resource.
Open: Browse for the folder to be created as the global resource.
Global resource setup: General procedures
The broad procedure of creating and configuring global resources is described below:
1.Click the toolbar button (Manage Global Resource). Alternatively, go to the Tools menu and click Global Resources.
2.Click Add and select the resource type you wish to create (file, folder, database). The Global Resource dialog box will appear.
3.Enter a descriptive name in the Resource alias text box (e.g., InputFile).
4.Setting up the default configuration depends on the type of the global resource: (i) For a file or folder, browse for the file or folder to which this resource should point by default; (ii) for a database connection, click Choose Database and follow the Database Connection Wizard to connect to the database (see Connecting to a Database). This database connection will be used by default when you run the mapping.
5.If you need an additional configuration (e.g., an additional output folder), click the button in the Global Resource dialog box, enter the name of this configuration, and specify the path to this configuration.
6.Repeat the previous step for each additional configuration required.
|Note:||Database connections are supported as global resources only in MapForce Professional and Enterprise editions.|