OData for Pragmatists

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Tired of googling and reading about OData without having a chance to play with it? Get happy then, this post is for those pragmatics like me that enjoy learning by doing rather than dealing with theory. If you enjoy the trial and error process, I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

Developer Spotlight: How we made Muletallica

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This post is the second in a three-part series covering the IoT projects that came out our first internal hackathon of the year and that we had on display at our first Integration of Things Zone at CONNECT 2015. Missed us there? No worries, not only will you get a sense of the cool installations we built below, you’ll also get a front row seat as to how we built them, and with what technologies. So for now, put on your favorite rock star jeans, and jump in the mosh pit to learn how the team built Muletallica, an interactive visual/musical experience for our conference attendees that connected devices like Leap Motion and smart light bulbs with electric guitars, and a bell pepper.
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Introducing the New Mule Agent Architecture

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Hi folks, in this fourth post of the new Mule Agent blog post series I will introduce the Mule Agent architecture and the main advantages it provides.If you missed the previous posts in this series, check them out below:

SOAP & REST Attachments in Mule

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I was recently working on a project where we had to handle SOAP attachments. Working with SOAP attachments is the kind of thing that you work on every 3-5 years and then 10 seconds after you are done you forget all about them. All the information required is available in our docs but it can still be good to have a complete end to end example as a reference. Esteban Robles Luna’s (former MuleSoft colleague) blogpost, Working with SOAP attachments using Mule’s CXF module, from 2011 was most helpful.

Mule Enterprise Management and the new Mule agent

February 25 2015

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This is the second of a series of blog posts around the new Mule agent. For an overview of the new Mule agent, be sure to read Introducing the new Mule agent. In this post, I’ll talk about the new agent in relation to the Mule Enterprise Management Console (also known as MMC).

Introducing the new Mule agent

February 17 2015

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icon-muleears-blue-bigTogether with the release of Mule 3.6, we’ve also shipped a new Mule agent that exposes new APIs to manage and monitor running Mule, enhancing the experience of creating API-led connectivity in a big way.

The new Mule agent exposes APIs that allow enterprises to easily tie in to their existing SDLC processes and applications. The agent also has a flexible framework that’s quickly customizable to meet new operational governance requirements around Mule.

This is the first of a series of blog posts where you can learn about this new agent.

What is the new agent?

The agent provides two very powerful pieces of functionality. Specifically:

  1. the Mule agent exposes Mule runtime APIs via REST and/or Websockets
  2. the Mule agent enables Mule instances to publish data to external systems

Let’s talk about these two pieces of functionality more, as these impact the way users interact with Mule ESB from an operations, manageability, and monitoring perspective.

Json validation using a draft v4 schema? Oh Yeah!

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Sometimes you’re expecting a JSON, specially when publishing or consuming a REST API. But you need to make sure it’s a good JSON, not the kind of JSON that would kill you with a machete. Since the Javascript Object Notation format (JSON for short) can be used to described pretty much anything, validating that the one you received actually complies with what you expected is no simple task. Or at least it wasn’t until the JSON schema specification came out. Just like XSD schemas are XML documents used to describe how a valid XML looks like, a JSON schema is a JSON document used to make sure that yours doesn’t come with a machete. You gotta love the recursion of it!

Give your old school API some love

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If you’re an assiduous reader of this blog, then you probably already heard about our vision around APIs, our Anypoint API Manager solution and all our RAML based stories. Those are our recommended way of approaching REST APIs and if you haven’t already, we all highly recommend you to take a look at them. However, we’re about connecting everything, everywhere. Thus we recognize that there are a lot of APIs out there built in plain old Java code and a migration process is not something you can do overnight. If you own such an API, this post is about us wanting to help you too. Anypoint Platform includes a Jersey module to allow embedding Jersey-based APIs into the runtime, reusing the Java code powering your API but still gaining access to all the other features of the platform. In Mule 3.6 we upgraded our supported Jersey version from 1.6 to v2.11 to give you access to the latest and greatest that Jersey has to offer.

API Best Practices: Hypermedia (Part 3)

January 15 2015

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Part four of the API design best practices series. Read part one: Plan Your API.

Or jump to part one of the hypermedia sub-series.

A Road Trip

First off, let me apologize for the delay in this third part of the hypermedia sub-series. Christmas meant a warm trip back to Minnesota, a road trip through the Texas panhandle, and numerous snow storms in between — until finally I had the chance to cut through the mountainous desert of Southern California on my way back to beautiful San Francisco.

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Now I understand some of you are probably wondering what any of that has to do with this post, other than it’s about 3 weeks after promised. One of the greatest challenges of the drive was battling my way through the snow and construction, and just hoping that the interstate would stay open (they literally close the interstates if it’s bad enough). But the one thing I could be sure of was that at every turn, between my steady GPS and road signs, I knew where I was going, and I knew when my path was being detoured or I couldn’t take a certain road… I knew this, because everything was nice and uniform.

Let’s honor the future

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This post is about fulfilling some expectations created by sci-fi movies, using Arduino and Nobel to expose RESTFul APIs for controlling physical devices.

The early-arriving future disappointment

This is the year that, according to some Hollywood prophets, cars will be finally flying, clothes will adjust their sizes to our bodies, trash will be combustible, and houses will be intelligent – though I never understood why they thought that an intelligent house would have a fax hanging on the wall. Come on? FAXES!