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Everything You Need To Know About MuleSoft

ragha555 profile image Raghavendra ・5 min read

What is Mulesoft?

MuleSoft is a software company that provides business agility with an integration platform called the Anypoint platform that enables companies to connect applications, devices and data on a number of computing platforms

With the help of Anypoint Platform, companies are able to re-architect their SOA infrastructure from custom integration code, proprietary platforms, and legacy systems in order to develop business agility. It also makes possible the migration of technology infrastructure to the public or private cloud as well as prioritize the adoption of SaaS applications and other types of cloud technologies.

MuleSoft’s Acquisition By Salesforce
MuleSoft was acquired by Salesforce for $6.5 billion in 2018 in its biggest deal ever. With this move, Salesforce not only got access to a beneficial technology but also benefited from MuleSoft’s large customer base.

This acquisition has enabled Salesforce to provide one of the world’s leading platforms that enables the development of application networks that are capable of connecting data, devices and enterprise apps across any cloud and on-premise, regardless of whether they are able to connect with Salesforce or not.

MuleSoft’s Anypoint platform is now a part of Salesforce Integration Cloud, thus making it possible for all enterprises to surface their data regardless of the location. This would enable them to provide intelligent and connected customer experience across all touchpoints and channels. to deliver intelligent, connected customer experiences across all channels and touchpoints.

Get Introduced To MuleSoft Tool – Mule ESB
Mule, an integration platform and a lightweight Java-based Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Mule, is the runtime engine of Anypoint Platform. It enables developers to rapidly and easily connect applications together in order to exchange data. Mule also allows to easily integrate different systems irrespective of the different technologies used by applications such as Web Services, JDBC, HTTP, JMS and the like. The ESB has universal connectivity, allows integration and orchestration of events in batch or real-time and can also be deployed anywhere.

One of the main advantages of an ESB is that it enables different applications to interact with each other by acting as a transit system in order to carry data between applications within the user’s enterprise or across the internet.

The key advantage of an ESB is that it allows different applications to communicate with each other by acting as a transit system for carrying data between applications within your enterprise or across the Internet.

Some of Mule’s powerful features include:

Service Meditation – This entails shielding services from message protocols and formats, enabling location independent service calls and separating business logic from messaging.

Service Creation & Hosting – This includes hosting and exposing reusable services with the help of ESB as a lightweight service container

Data Transformation – This includes exchanging data across various transport protocols and formats

Message Routing – This pertains to filter, route, resequence and aggregate messages based on rules and content

The key benefit of selecting MuleSoft development is:

Open Source

MuleSoft’s features and components can be easily extended and even if you are unable to locate a connector that you require, you can easily develop one. Additionally, MuleSoft has a community website that supplies everything from examples and downloads to tutorials and user guides. It also has a forum whether the community members can have their queries addressed by other members and also report problems that they face.

Why You Must Upgrade From Mule 3 To Mule 4
In order to assist the digital transformation efforts of companies Mule 4 was released in 2017. Compared to it its prior version Mule 3, Mule 4 offers few remarkable integration solutions at a cheap price and in a simplified way.

Following are some of the key differences between Mule 3 & Mule 4:

Error Handling

There is a slight modification in error handling in Mule Error 4. While error handling in Mule 3 is java based, java exceptions are optional in Mule 4. One of the biggest changes is that users can now catch an exception of few particular blocks of components rather than a centralized exception block. Moreover, users can also re-propagate the exceptions.

Message Transformer

When users use DW and transform messages in Mule 3, the messages need to be explicitly converted to a java object so that the output can be employed in Router components. In contrast, Mule 4 automatically does the conversion, so the user is not required to explicitly convert messages to java objects.

Better Application Configuration With Maven

In order to improve abilities in configuration and management of application development processes, there is a profound integration with Maven in Mule 4. This is by making certain that all Mule 4 applications by default are Maven applications; Mule 3 to offer this, has only an option to develop Maven project.

Self-Tuning

The runtime in Mule 3, requires manual tuning defining the threadpool. However, in Mule4 the runtime can be self-tuned and is dynamic ensuring that users get an optimum performance. Also, there will also be a centralized global pace in order to tweak the threads rather than separately tweaking every flow.

Event Processing

The event processing model in Mul 4 is much more compact. This is achieved through the optimization of unwanted workflows and hierarchies. In the message part of Mule 4 event architecture, Mule 3 inbound and outbound properties are grouped under one category called as ‘Attributes’ and this contains the information of payload’s metadata, file updates, file content, flow’s message source, query parameters, information about the message processor, inbound and outbound properties.

In contrast to Mule 3, the payload in Mule 4 itself enables piggybacking attachments for the optimization of the flow. In Mule 4 event, creation occurs when there are any changes to the event, and this helps to avoid data discrepancies across all the running threads or other events that rely on this event.

DataWeave 2.0

In Mule 3, developers use Mule Expression Language and DataWeave to develop mule messages. However, this approach has scattered approaches and also has several data inconsistencies. DataWeave 2.0 was developed in Mule 4 for steadiness and streamlining data activities. With DataWeave 2.0, Mule 4 messages are pushed right into a connector rather than employing MEL. The responses (data and context) and event structures are stored by Mule 4 for achieving greater data transparency.

As compared to Mule 3, the DataWeave in Mule 4 steers clear of the stress of converting data objects to java objects by using expressions. The DataWeave avoids the cache of data in memory and also offers data access to data repositories or memory. In this way, the data is streamed transparently, quicker and also avoids unnecessary memory lags.

MuleSoft Certification
MuleSoft certification enables candidates to demonstrate their expertise in MuleSoft technologies to potential employers. MuleSoft offers multiple types of professional accreditation for its partners and developers. Currently, MuleSoft is providing three levels of certification: Associate, Specialist and Professional. Mulesoft Training.

Associate: This BETA exam is for the new MuleSoft Certified Developer – Associate certification.

Specialist: MuleSoft’s first(lowest) level accreditation in MuleSoft Architecture is MuleSoft Certified Architect – Solution Design Specialist exam. This exam is exclusive for the Anypoint Platform Architecture: Solution Design training course.

Professional: MuleSoft’s highest expert accreditation accorded to the ability to develop integrations with MuleSoft solutions is MuleSoft Certified Developer – Integration Professional exam.

These certifications provide the user with the ability to add the certification and a digital badge for their communications.

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