Introduction to the Map Designer

Use the Map Designer through the Transformation Extender Development perspective to develop maps that define input and output specifications and mapping rules for data transformation.

The Map Designer uses the definitions of data stored in the type trees (that are created using the Type Designer) to specify the transformation logic in the form of map rules. Map rules operate on input data objects and build output data objects. The map can be built for specific platforms, and then run on that platform to perform the transformation of the data.

During the design phase, you build and run maps from within the Map Designer on a Windows platform. You can view the results of a map in the Map Designer. You can also use the Map Designer to build a map to be run on another platform.

If you have built a map to be run on a WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliance platform, to test it from the Map Designer, you must also install the test domain on the appliance.

If you are testing IBM Transformation Extender maps that you can run on a Sterling B2B Integrator server, or deploy to a Sterling B2B Integrator server map repository, you must first complete the installation and configuration requirements. Install the IBM Transformation Extender for Integration Servers on both the machine where the Design Studio is installed, and on the machine where the Sterling B2B Integrator server is installed. Configure the Design Studio connection properties for IBM Transformation Extender maps in the Sterling B2B Integrator preferences pane.