Altova MapForce 2023 Professional Edition

The table action Ignore if... is used to prevent certain records in a database table from being updated, based on a defined condition. The Ignore if... action is only meaningful when used in combination with another database table action (such as the Insert Rest action). For example, when mapping data from a source XML to a target database, you can configure an Ignore if... condition to check whether a certain field in the source XML is equal to a field in the target database record (typically, a primary key value). If the Ignore if... condition is true (that is, the two fields are equal), the database record will be ignored when the mapping runs, and the next defined action (Insert Rest, for example) will be executed.


This example shows you how insert records into a database table based on the outcome of the Ignore if... condition. It uses the following files:


altova-cmpy-extra.xml — contains the source data to be inserted into the database.

Altova_Hierarchical.xsd — the schema used to validate the instance file above.

Altova.sqlite — the target database to be updated.


All files are available in the <Documents>\Altova\MapForce2023\MapForceExamples\ folder. Below, the complete path to them will be omitted, for simplicity.


The mapping in this example modifies a sample database file. It is strongly recommended to back up the original database and start with a new copy before following the steps below. This ensures that the original examples are not overridden and that you get the same results as below. For more information, see Executing Mappings Which Modify Databases.


The goal of the mapping is as follows:


If any person records with the same PrimaryKey exist both in the source XML and the target Person table, no action must be taken against them (that is, they must be ignored).

If any person records which do not meet the above condition exist in the Person table, no action must be taken against them either.

Records from the source XML which do not have a counterpart (no primary key) in the Person table must be treated as new and inserted into the Person table with a new primary key.


To achieve the mapping goal, we will take the steps below.


Step 1: Insert the source XML component

On the Insert menu, click XML Schema/File, and browse for Altova_Hierarchical.xsd. When prompted to supply an instance file, browse for altova-cmpy-extra.xml.


Step 2: Insert the target database

On the Insert menu, click Database, and go through the wizard steps to connect to Altova.sqlite. See Add a Database.


Step 3: Draw the connections

Draw the mapping connections as shown below.



Step 4: Configure the "Ignore if... Insert Rest" actions

1.On the target component, click the Action: Insert ( tbl-act-icon ) button next to the "Person" table.

2.Next to Action on record, select Ignore if... . This changes the database table action to a conditional ignore action. That is, the current record will only be ignored when a condition is satisfied (see next step).

3.Next to PrimaryKey, select the value equal, as shown below. This defines the ignore condition: that is, the database record will be ignored only when its PrimaryKey value is equal to the PrimaryKey value coming from the mapping.


4.Optionally, select the NULL equal check box. In this example, this check box is irrelevant, because neither the PrimaryKey field in the source XML nor the PrimaryKey field in the database contains any null values. However, you should select this check box if your data contains null values, and if you want to treat such null values as equal; otherwise, you may get undesired results. For more information, see Handling Nulls in Database Table Actions.

5.Click Append Action. This adds a new action to the right of the existing Ignore If action. Configure the new action as Insert Rest, with the primary key set to max() + 1, as shown below:


In the image above, the database table actions have been configured in accordance with the goals of the mapping. That is, only when the Ignore If... condition is satisfied will the record be skipped; otherwise, it will be inserted. The option "mapped value" specifies that values from the mapping will be used to populate all fields of the record. The option max() + 1 generates a unique, new primary key value for the record.


6.Click OK to close the dialog box. Notice that, back on the mapping, the Action: Insert tbl-act-icon button has now changed to an Action: Ignore; Insert (  ) button. This indicates that both the ignore and insert actions are configured for this table.


Step 5: Preview the mapping and update the database

Click the Output pane to preview the mapping. A SQL script is generated, containing actions to be executed against the database. The script has not modified the database yet; it is only for preview. To run the script against the database:


On the Output menu, click Run SQL-Script.


Note:Running the SQL script directly from MapForce is just one of the ways to update the database, see also Executing Mappings Which Modify Databases.


If you open the "Person" table in the DB query pane of MapForce (see Browsing and Querying Databases), you can see the result of the mapping as follows:


All database records which had corresponding primary keys in the XML file satisfied the Ignore if... and remained unaffected. Examples are records with primary key 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

All database records which had no corresponding keys in the XML file did not satisfy the Ignore if... condition but nevertheless remained unaffected. Examples are records with primary key 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13.

New records have been inserted to the "Person" table (where key did not already exist in the database). Examples are records with primary key 30 and 31 in the source XML file. These were inserted into the database with the new primary key 22 and 23, respectively.


The "Person" table after updating the database

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