MuleSoft.U Development Fundamentals

Summary

This 8-week self-study course is for developers and architects who want to get hands-on experience using Anypoint Platform to build APIs and integrations. In the first part, you use Anypoint Platform to take an API through its complete lifecycle: design, build, deploy, manage, and govern. In the second larger part, you focus on using Mule and Anypoint Studio to build applications for use as API implementations and/or integrations. It includes a voucher code to take the MuleSoft Certified Developer – Integration and API Associate exam. The pace and technical nature are challenging, so be sure you meet the prerequisites and are comfortable committing to study 2-4 hours per week for 8 weeks.

Duration

3 hours a week for 8 weeks

Objectives

  • Use Anypoint Platform to take an API through its complete lifecycle: design, build, deploy, manage, and govern
  • Use Anypoint Studio to build and debug integrations and API implementations
  • Connect to databases, files, web services, SaaS applications, JMS queues, and more
  • Transform data using DataWeave, the powerful transformation language
  • Add application logic and handle errors
  • Structure applications to facilitate development and deployment

Prerequisites

  • Experience with Java (preferred) or another object-oriented language
  • A basic understanding of data formats such as XML, CSV, and JSON
  • A basic understanding of typical integration technologies such as HTTP, JMS, JDBC, REST, and SOAP

Note: Although students with .NET and other non-Java OOP backgrounds can be successful using MuleSoft technologies, some Java is necessary to leverage all the capabilities of MuleSoft products. See here for Java training resources.

Setup requirements

  • A computer with at least 4GB available RAM, 2GHz CPU, and 4GB available storage
  • Internet access to ports 80, 3306, and 61616 (with > 5Mbps download and > 2Mbps upload)
  • JDK 1.8
  • Anypoint Studio with embedded Mule 3.8 runtime
  • An Anypoint Platform account
  • A Salesforce Developer account (NOT a standard account) and API Access token
  • Postman REST client app

A detailed setup document can be found here.

Outline


WEEK 1

  • Identify the problems faced by IT today
  • Describe what API-led connectivity is and its benefits
  • Explain what web services and APIs are
  • Explore API directories and portals
  • Make calls to secure and unsecured APIs
  • Introduce API-led connectivity with Anypoint Platform
  • Explore Anypoint Platform
  • Define an API with RAML, the Restful API Modeling Language
  • Mock an API to test its design before it is built
  • Create a portal for developers to learn how to use an API
  • Make an API discoverable by adding it to the private Exchange

WEEK 2

  • Introduce Mule applications, flows, messages, and message processors
  • Use Anypoint Studio to create a flow graphically
  • Build, run, and test a Mule application
  • Use a connector to connect to a database
  • Use the graphical DataWeave editor to transform data
  • Create a RESTful interface for an application from a RAML file
  • Connect an API interface to the implementation

WEEK 3

  • Describe the options for deploying Mule applications
  • Use properties in Mule applications so they can be easily moved between environments
  • Deploy a Mule application to the cloud
  • Create and deploy a proxy for an API in the cloud
  • Restrict access to an API proxy

WEEK 4

  • Log message data
  • Debug Mule applications
  • Read and write message properties
  • Write expressions with Mule Expression Language (MEL)
  • Create variables
  • Create and reference flows and subflows
  • Pass messages between flows using the Java Virtual Machine (VM) transport
  • Investigate variable persistence through subflows and flows and across transport barriers
  • Encapsulate global elements in separate configuration files
  • Explore the files and folder structure of a Mule project

WEEK 5

  • Consume RESTful web services with and without parameters
  • Consume RESTful web services that have RAML definitions
  • Consume SOAP web services
  • Use DataWeave to pass parameters to SOAP web services

WEEK 6

  • Describe the different types of exception strategies
  • Handle messaging exceptions in flows
  • Create and use global exception handlers
  • Specify a global default exception strategy
  • Route messages based on conditions
  • Multicast messages
  • Filter messages
  • Validate messages

WEEK 7

  • Write DataWeave expressions for basic XML, JSON, and Java transformations
  • Store DataWeave transformations in external files
  • Write DataWeave transformations for complex data structures with repeated elements
  • Coerce and format strings, numbers, and dates
  • Use DataWeave operators
  • Define and use custom data types
  • Call MEL functions and Mule flows from DataWeave transformations

WEEK 8

  • Connect to SaaS applications
  • Connect to files
  • Poll resources
  • Connect to JMS queues
  • Discover and install connectors not bundled with Anypoint Studio
  • Use the For Each scope to process items in a collection individually
  • Use the batch job element (EE) to process individual records
  • Trigger a batch job using a poll
  • Use a batch job to synchronize data from a legacy database to a SaaS application

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