Creating custom activity items

This walkthrough explains how to create a custom masking activity in your BizDataX project.

If you have a big and complex main workflow, custom activities allow you to break down your workflow into small segments (activities) or to reuse the same activity multiple times in your workflows. Your main workflow will be easier to understand and manage.

Table of contents
Creating custom activities
Using custom activities


  • BizDataX Package (Visual Studio project) is created
  • Portal data import is done (MSSQL database BizDataXDemo)

Creating custom activities

  1. Select your project in the Solution Explorer. Right-click Add -> New item -> BizDataX group -> BizDataX Masking Activity. Enter a name for the new custom masking activity.

  2. The Type selection dialog, as shown on Figure 1, appears. Select the table you want to create a custom masking activity for and click OK.

Type Selection dialog
Figure 1: Type Selection dialog

  1. This generates a new XAML file with a masking iterator for the table you selected in the last step. The generated file should look similar to the one shown on Figure 2. Now you can add masking activities to generated the Masking block. Build the solution to register changes.

New custom masking activity
Figure 2: New custom masking activity

Using custom activities

  1. Open your main workflow file (Package.xaml). You should see the new custom activity in a new group with the name of the project, as shown on Figure 3.

Custom activity in a new group
Figure 3: Custom activity in a new group

  1. Add a table masking activity of the same type as your new custom activity to the workflow. Add your new custom activity inside the table masking activity. The workflow should now look similar to the one shown on Figure 4.

Main workflow
Figure 4: Main workflow

The entire masking logic is implemented in the custom activity and is used inside the handler of the table.