Getting Started With MuleSoft

What is Mule?Mule, the runtime engine of Anypoint Platform, is a lightweight Java-based enterprise service bus and integration platform that allows developers to connect applications together quickly and easily, enabling them to exchange data.

What is middleware.

Software that acts as a bridge between and operating system or database and applications, especially on a network.

What is SOA?

Service Oriented Architecture is a set of principles and methodologies to design and develop well-defined business functionalities that are built as software components that can be reused.

What is an ESB?

An Enterprise Service Bus implements a communication system between mutually interacting software applications in a service-oriented architecture(SOA).

What is an API?
An API defines what you can call, what you send it, and what you get back.

What is a Web Service?
The actual API implementation you can make calls to or the interface of that API implementation.
A web service is a method of communication that allows two software systems to exchange data over the internet.

What is an API Proxy?
An application that controls access to a web service, restricting access and usage through the use of an API gateway.

What are the parts of a web service?
i. Web Service API
Describes how you interact with the web service.
ii. Web Service interface implementing the API
Is the code providing the structure to the application so it implements the API.
iii. The Web Service implementation itself
Is the actual code and application.

Define JSON?
A lightweight data-interchange format.

What is an API Portal?
When a REST API is added to Exchange, an API portal is automatically created for it.

An API portal has
i. Auto-generated API documentation
ii. An API Console for consuming and testing APIs
iii. An automatically generated API endpoint that uses a mocking service to allow the API to be tested wthout having to implement it.

REST Connectors in Anypoint Exchange

When a RAML 1.0 API specification is added to Exchange, a connector is automatically created for it.
i. The connector can be used in Mule applications to make calls to that API.
ii. REST Connect is the name of the technology that performs this conversion.

Flow Designer
Web app for building integration apps that connect systems and consume APIs.

API Designer
Web app for designing, documenting and mocking APIs.

Anypoint Studio
Desktop IDE for implementing APIs and building integration applications.

MUnit is a Mule app testing framework for building automated tests.
MUnit is fully integrated with Anypoint Studio.

RESTful API Modeling Language.
A simple, strutured and succinct way of describing RESTful APIs.
RAML files can be used to auto-geerate documentation, mocked endpoints, interfaces for API implemenations and more.

RAML Syntax
RAML is based on broadly-used standards such as YAML and JSON.
Uses a human-readable data serialization format where data structure hierarchy is specified by indendation.

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