Integrating with Mule ESB at the SF Java Users Group

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On Monday, I spoke to a standing room only crowd at the San Francisco Java Users Group about using the Mule ESB to integrate applications. We talked about:

  • What Mule is and what is the difference between integration and SOA
  • Why use a Mule for integration
  • How Mule helps with integration in the Cloud
  • Best practices for planning and implementation
  • Test driven development with Mule

How SOA paved the way for Cloud

February 25 2009

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Though some think SOA failed and others see it only as a partial success, this has been because of the approach to SOA and not its underlying principles. SOA (or what I’d rather call Service Orientation, but that doesn’t fit our obsession with TLAs) is responsible for beginning a new evolution in the way we build software. This change is as fundamental as the shift to OO programming but essentially a much bigger jump: OO was adopted one developer at a time,

Mule 2.2.0 Now Available

February 23 2009

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The Mule development team is pleased to announce that Mule 2.2.0 is now available for download. This release includes:

  • Support for Spring Security 2.0 as a Security Manager inside of Mule
  • Support for a powerful new expression language for querying Mule information at run-time
  • Support for specifying a namespace globally so that it can be used by XPath expressions across Mule

A New Chapter for MuleSource

February 23 2009

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It’s been an exciting couple of months for MuleSource. We began the year with 2 blowout quarters behind us. Last week we announced that Mark Burton, the former executive vice president of Sales from MySQL has joined the MuleSource board of directors. Mark brings a wealth of sales operating experience from one of the most successful open source companies to date. Mark has an excellent understanding of the different sales dynamics an open source company faces and has an uncanny ability to communicate his ideas on sales operations and strategy that makes you wonder why you never thought of them yourself.

Pragmatic SOA Governance

February 20 2009

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I recently wrote an article that appeared in eBizQ on the topic of SOA governance. In this article, I argue that the primary reason that many pundits have declared “SOA is dead” is that the traditional “top-down” approach to SOA and governance have failed. Vendors have for too long evangelized a “big bang” re-architecture of development processes, using their tools to enforce new behaviors from developers,

Using Mule and GigaSpaces for Scalable SOA

February 19 2009

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If you missed last week’s webinar on Scalable SOA with GigaSpaces and Mule, you can catch it again in the archives. Uri Cohen from GigaSpaces did an excellent job demonstrating how easy it is to take services developed using Mule and make them highly-available and linearly scalable.

The demo application shown is also available. Download it and try it out. It shows how integrate GigaSpaces &

Discounts on Mule books!

February 13 2009

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We’ve negotiated discounts for our blog readers and community members to get 35% off on Mule in Action by David Dossot and John D’Emic or Open Source ESBs in Action by Jos Dirksen and Tijs Rademakers. A few weeks ago, Andrew Perepelytsya blogged about these books, which you can now purchase on the Manning website. To take advantage of the discount, enter “msource35” during checkout.

Storing Objects in the Registry

February 12 2009

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Note that this approach is no longer recommended if you are using Mule 3.0.0 or later. Instead you can use the ObjectStore. This allows use to store objects in memory, in a persistent store or across Mule HA clusters automatically. You can learn more about Mule 3.0 here and download it here.

Recently, there was a great question on one of the Mule mailing lists about where to store runtime data that can be used across the app.

Webinar: Scalable SOA with GigaSpaces and Mule

February 10 2009

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I am presenting a webinar with GigaSpaces tomorrow on Scalable SOA where we’ll be introducing a powerful joint solution integrating GigaSpaces’ XAP with the open source Mule ESB.

This webinar is intended for developers and architects looking for an end-to-end SOA solution, featuring application resiliency, failover and linear scalability

During this 1-hour event Uri Cohen, Product Manager at GigaSpaces and myself will introduce the joint solution and discuss the underlying details around how the Mule/GigaSpaces integration works.

Mule IDE 2.0 RC1 released

February 9 2009

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Today I released the 2.0 RC1 release of the Mule IDE. Not much changed since the last development snapshot but we have tested the IDE a lot internally on a variety of operating systems since then.

If you upgrade from a development snapshot, note that you’ll have to change the location of the update site: the snapshots were located under the snapshots distribution area but the new milestone release is located under .