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Status Future consideration
Workspace App Connect
Created by Guest
Created on Nov 12, 2013

Saving custom XPath statements in the IB Graphical Mapper

In the Graphical Mapper you can create    Custom XPath transformations, but there isn't a mechanism for saving them and consequently reusing them.

Idea priority Medium
RFE ID 41533
RFE Product IBM App Connect Enterprise (formerly IBM Integration Bus)
  • Guest
    Sep 14, 2020

    RFE Review. Apologies for the length of time this RFE has been in the status of Under Consideration. Custom XPath expressions can be updated for one or more fields as part of a graphical data map, which can be saved. The expression is persisted within the saved ".map" extension file. If you sneak a peek in a text editor you will find an entry like this example where I have reused fn:abs() as a custom XPath piece of code:

    fn:abs( )

    It is noted that this code could be made "reusable" outside of the map, in a similar way to an external piece of Java or ESQL. The difference with these situations of course is that we have an editting and coding experience for these kind of code snippets which is outside of the map itself. In order to meet this enhancement request we would need to have an addressing methodology for the code (potentially packaged in "namespaces/packages" within a project). We would also want to declare a signature for passing variables into and out of the code. These aspects are not inconsiderable in terms of scope, and we note the solitary vote which this RFE has gathered over several years. That said we will continue to monitor. Status of this RFE is updated to Uncommitted Candidate.

  • Guest
    Oct 7, 2015

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - WebSphere
    Product family - Integration
    Product - IBM Integration Bus (WebSphere Message Broker) - IIB

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - WebSphere
    Product family - Connectivity and Integration
    Product - IBM Integration Bus (WebSphere Message Broker) - IIB