The text below is based on the beta release of BizTalk 2010. It might not (completely) apply to the RTM release.
This blog post is part of a series of blog posts about my favorite new features in the BizTalk 2010 mapping tool. You can find an overview here.
Sometimes functoids and links are mixed up in the screen so that you cannot easily see to which elements they belong:
The highlighting selection feature will help you by emphasizing the select element, links and functoids. All the other links and functoids are grayed out. This is what happens when I select the ‘Lastname’ element in the source schema:
As you can see the relevant links and functoids are emphasized while the non-relevant are made opaque. This new feature will improve productive as it allows you to quickly see what is relevant for the piece of the map you’re currently work on.
This is also true for functoids selection. If I select the concatenate functoid for example all relevant links and functoids of that are emphasized:
If one the elements for your current selection is on another page in the map this is also shown. Let’s add another page to the map and also link the ‘Lastname’ field from there:
When I switch back to page 2 and select the ‘Lastname’ node again the mapper shows me that the other page also has link(s) from the same element. The mapper does this by showing a little icon in on the page tab: