Welcome to Tuesday's Wiki Article Spotlight!

I usually write up a lot about BizTalk Server. Through my personal blog, magazines, and the TechNet wiki (see BizTalk Server resources on TechNet Wiki). However I am not the only one. Others in the BizTalk community and with Microsoft have contributed articles too. This can be an inspiration for others to write to. One of article that has gotten my attention is a recent article on BizTalk Mapping by Rajasekhar.R titled BizTalk Virtual Mapper VS Custom-XSLT.

What I like about this article is that is contains a good discussion on mapping. The article basically discusses using out of the box BizTalk functionality (i.e. functoids, BizTalk Mapper) versus using custom XSLT. What is interesting for a discussion is his view on using custom XSLT instead of the mapper:

"My choice is using the CUSTOM-XSLT than using the Biztalk Mapper, once you get used to it, I guarantee you will not want to go back to using clunky visual interface ever again, the main reasons are…

1) Performance
2) Maintainability
3) Complexity"

In my view this article deserves to be article spotlight. It makes you think or consider for yourself if you want to use the mapper over custom XSLT or not. Rajasekhar a job well done and welcome to the TechNet Wiki.

So go check out all the wonder, and dive in! The Wiki's warm.

- Ninja Steef-Jan (Blog, Wiki, Twitter, Profile)