Saturday, November 24, 2007

BizTalk Server 2006 (6) Flat File Schema

This walkthrough shows you how to create a flat file schema from a document instance using the BizTalk Flat File Schema Wizard:
Walkthrough: Creating a Flat File Schema From a Document Instance

BizTalk 2006 Flat File Wizard: How to model a complicated flat file schema

BizTalk Flat File Schema Wizard UI Help


  • The Wizard is a very powerful tool that will saves lots of development times
  • You could generate a xsd schema from the flat file, such as a purchase order txt file which may be generated by a SAP system

The wizard will help you do the following:

  • Import a complex flat file

  • Specify a tag identifier

  • Define child elements
  • Define repeating records

  • Select Record Format Page: relative positions is very powerful

  • Validate the schema and the flat file instance
  • View the instance
  • The 'Allow Early Termination' property of the schema is very useful, it allows the repeating record to have a flexible number of digits in a certain element in a record row.

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