Azure Logic Apps connected to SAP, and now what?

So we’ve released to public preview the SAP connector for Azure Logic Apps which lets you call or be called as RFCs, BAPIs, as well as send and receive IDOCs. But beyond the technical aspect, what does that mean in terms of business process, patterns you can enable with these? What does it really mean…

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Where’s my node? Logic Apps Flat File Decode beware suppress empty nodes unintended effect

The flat file schema property ‘suppress_empty_nodes’ is described as “Indicates whether or not to remove empty XML nodes after the parser generates XML instance data.” in the documentation https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa559329.aspx Sandro Pereira blogs about how this can be helpful in his post Teach me something new about Flat Files. However you will not want to suppress…

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Generate and validate Flat File native instances from Flat File schemas

Update released for Logic Apps Enterprise Integration Tools for Visual Studio 2015: With this update it is now possible to generate and validate Flat File native instances from Flat File schemas. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=53016 Do note that for these to work if the Flat File schema was created with BizTalk tools, the extension class in the annotation…

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Support non-UTF payloads in Logic App with a conversion Azure Function

Much of cloud services assume that a text payload will be some form of UTF (unicode) encoding. Some even do assume it is UTF-8. Such that when your text payload is in a different encoding, such as a page code based encoding, the non-basic latin characters gets mangled. This is particularly common with Flat Files…

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Logic App Flat File Encoding and Decoding documentation references

For engineers without a BizTalk Server background, the Flat File encoding and decoding may prove a steep ramp up as it is a mature technology with a number of parameters in the XML schema (XSD) describing any given Flat File. The schema used for Logic App Enterprise Integration Flat File Encoding and Decoding is the same as…

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Going deeper with Flat File schema authoring for BizTalk and Azure Logic Apps Flat File encode-decode action

So you’ve gone through the basics at the MSDN Flat File Wizard How-to , Walkthrough and Logic Apps Flat File Encode-Decode action, now what? Imagine you have a flat file format with a header record followed with repeating line and sub-line. The field delimiter is the “|” and the record terminator is  CR/LF. HEADER|H1|H2|H3| LINE|L1F1|L1F2|L1F3| SUBLINE|SL1F1|SL1F2| LINE|L2F1|L2F2|L2F3| SUBLINE|SL2F1|SL2F2| You’ve…

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