If you have read the Mule ESB 3.6 release notes then you already know what I’m about to say, but just to recap, here we go…
A lot of effort was put in 3.6 to upgrade our libraries stack. Even though we try to stay innovative, it doesn’t make sense to reinvent the wheel all the time, so we use a lot of third-party libraries. However, keeping those up-to-date while maintaining our strict backwards compatibility policy is something that’s really difficult to do.
Sometimes when transforming complex data structures or applying business rules to your integration, you may face the need to add some custom code. We make our best effort to try to productize and solve every common use case we come across, but sometimes it’s just not enough. When that happens, you probably turn to the programming language you love the most for help. If you’re a Java guy, you can build your own custom components and/or transformers inside Mule.
Our RESTx project – a platform for the rapid and easy creation of RESTful web services and resources – is largely written in Python. Python is a dynamic, duck-typed programming language, which puts very little obstacles between your idea and working code. At least that’s the feeling I had when I started to work with Python several years ago: Never before was I able to be so productive, so quickly with so few lines of code.