Since I joined the company this summer, one of my main tasks has been to improve the connector certification program. To do this, I’ve engaged with partners, developers and MuleSoft employees; to further familiarize myself with our technology and processes, I decided to build my own Google Translate Connector. I’ve learned a lot by going through the process and wanted to share some resources I found most useful as I was building my connector.
Set up your development environment
- Watch a video or follow instructions here.
Learn DevKit (MuleSoft’s SDK) basics
- DevKit 101 webinar. (16 minutes of demo then Q+A)
- To package WSDLs quickly into a connector, watch this webinar. (Basics and demo covered in 21 minutes)
- For REST APIs, follow this example with Jersey
- For SOAP APIs, follow this example with CXF
- For Java SDK, follow this example with Java SDK
Read the docs on building a connector from scratch
- Review the cookbook
Additional tip: As going through the process, I experienced some challenges while setting the configuration for authentication, implementing the first operation (Translate a text) and defining the first entity class for return values, but I was able to quickly overcome these challenges using the Jersey example above and asking questions on the DevKit Forum.
Once my connector was fully developed, I prepared it for certification. If you follow the connector examples I mentioned in 4, 5 or 6 and use the latest DevKit version (3.7.0 or above), you should be in good shape for certification and will likely need to just do a bit of work on code coverage, test automation, and documentation. I’ve submitted my connector for certification and completed a demo session and am now eagerly awaiting the confirmation of my first MuleSoft Certified connector! [Update – 11/6/2015] I just heard that my connector passed the MuleSoft certification!!!
If you are interested in submitting your connector for certification, please visit this website or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Along with answering any questions you might have, we can provide guidance on which connectors are most requested by users, and guide you through the process as well.