Field Based Properties

Field-based properties are manipulated in exactly the same fashion as records are. Since they are nearly the same, we will only briefly go through the steps, highlighting any differences that are unique to fields. Creating new fields is almost identical to the creating records, with one major difference: fields are attributes and records are elements by default, although fields can also be turned into elements. This is by default, of course, and we already outlined earlier in the chapter that within the tools menu (Tools | Options) you can make fields into elements as well.We also mentioned in the last exercise that you cannot have duplicate records, nor could you have duplicate fields except when you use the option within the Tools menu to change a field into an element instead of an attribute. Now, you can have duplicate fields named identically if one is set to be element based and the other is set to be attribute based. The other way to change a field from an element to an attribute, and vice versa, is to highlight the field within the left pane of the Editor and alter the field in the Declaration tab located on the right side of the Editor. Go to the Type row and double-click the Value field.You can now select between the two (attribute or element).

Make sure you know how to manipulate the data within the BizTalk Editor. This means being able to make, move, alter, manipulate, import, and export the data within the BizTalk Editor.

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