Integration projects development tends to be a big hassle. You usually need to integrate between a number of components, whether it's web services, databases, or other systems. Each component is different, expects input in specific format and returns information in a specific format as well. When you need to combine all of these into one use-case, well - good luck with that! This is where Mulesoft's platform and development tools come into play. Choosing Mulesoft development has many benefits with the key benefits being:
1. Its development environment.
2. Its out-of-the-box features.
3. It's open-source.
1. Development Environment
Having an intuitive, easy-to-use development environment is extremely important in order to increase productivity and lower development cost. Mulesoft provides a development environment called Mule Studio, which is based on Eclipse. It integrates with other commonly used tools such as Maven and GitHub. Using Mule Studio you can develop your use-cases/flows with a graphical drag-and-drop editor (or edit the flow’s XML file if you insist). You can select all of the different components that you may need in your flow and configure them in an easy-to-use way. This brings me to the second key benefit…
2. Out-of-the-box Features
Mulesoft provides hundreds of components that come built-in with Mule Studio. It has pretty much everything you think you’ll need for integration development:
- Message Sources – endpoints - HTTP, FTP, TCP, UDP, File, Database…
- Message Processors -
- Routers – aggregators, splitters, round-robin…
- Scopes – Flows, sub-flows, for-each, a-synchronous…
- Transformers –
- Built-in transformers - convert XML, JSON, File, Byte Array, Object, String...
- Dynamic transformer – Anypoint DataMapper dynamically converts between flat (CSV, fixed-width file, Excel) and structured (XML, JSON, POJO objects, key-value maps) formats.
- Connectors – Mulesoft has numerous connectors to third-party commonly used applications – Amazon, Facebook, Google products, Sharepoint, MongoDB, Salesforce and Twitter to name a few.
The list is long, I know, but just in case you are missing something you need, it’s a good thing that Mulesoft is open-source.
Need I say more? Okay then. Mulesoft’s components and features are easily extended, and in case you didn’t find a connector you need (for example) you can develop one. Mulesoft has a community website that provides everything from downloads and examples to user guides and tutorials. It also has a forum where members of the Mulesoft community can ask questions to which other members (including Mulesoft staff) respond and report problems. To sum things up, if you’re looking for an open-source integration development tool, look no further. Mulesoft integration is the one for you.