Interested in obtaining your first MuleSoft certification, but still have some questions about it? Ana, a developer in our Ecuador office has some answers:
What is the advantage of learning MuleSoft?
The most important advantage that MuleSoft has against other platforms is that it allows you to easily develop and manage APIs. You can even drag and drop components and integrate systems. With MuleSoft Anypoint™ Exchange you can add your APIs to a marketplace to reach a broader audience. That same marketplace gives you connectors that can make your life easier. For example, MuleSoft gives you the ability to use a Facebook or a Salesforce package, so you can integrate systems more easily.
Do you have to be a programmer?
Knowing how to code, or at least understanding how to do it, is useful because it helps you better understand certain topics in the MuleSoft training. For example, DataWeave, or try-catch blocks for error handling, and other concepts like that are things you will need to know to be successful.
Do I have to know a specific programming language to learn MuleSoft?
You don’t need to know any specific programming language. But you just have to know how to code, that should be all you need.
How does MuleSoft help companies to grow?
When a company needs to integrate systems, MuleSoft gives them an advantage. With pre-built connectors, MuleSoft makes it easier to connect those systems without having to write a large amount of custom code. Also, if a company wants to produce its own APIs and possibly sell them, the MuleSoft Anypoint Platform makes that easier. They can even use MuleSoft Anypoint API Community Manager to create a Salesforce Experience Cloud community for API developers, which can help quickly grow adoption for the APIs.
Are there any prerequisites to have before someone takes the MuleSoft certification?
It’s important to understand programming and know a bit about APIs, like what they are, how they’re used, and why you’d use them. MuleSoft certification is not very difficult as long as you know your basics.
It is possible to achieve the certification by myself?
Of course, it’s possible. And it’s a great opportunity since the course is free. To start, go to the training page and sign up. If you pass the training, then the exam is free. You should take advantage of this opportunity! Just remember, you need some experience with coding to know the terms and to understand DataWeave. It shouldn’t be too challenging for you.
What is the best API?
Which API is best depends on the project you’re working on. So maybe, if you want to incorporate a map in your system, consuming the Google Maps API would be the best solution for you (if it complies with all the requirements you need to meet).
What is the next step after you earn the MuleSoft developer certification Level I – Mule 4?
After you achieve your certification, your next step could be to go for the Integration Architect certification. In my case, I want to gain more experience with MuleSoft projects before I become a certified Integration Architect. For that certification, MuleSoft has training that can help you, but it is not free.
How long does it take to get MuleSoft certified?
That’s a great question, but it really depends on you. You could finish this course in five days if you are 100% committed, but you can also use other kinds of resources. Just to be sure you are ready before you take the exam. So it could take, five days, one week, two weeks, it all depends on you and the time and effort you put into it.
Here are some great resources that helped me:
- YouTube video: MuleSoft Training For Absolute Beginners
- MuleSoft Blog: Mule 4 error handling demystified
- MuleSoft Blog: Mule 4 error handling deep dive
- Patryk Bandurski, MuleSoft Ambassador: Error Handling in Practice Quiz
- MuleSoft Documentation: DataWeave Examples
- Youtube video: Three-layered Connectivity Architecture Explained
In which kind of projects can I use MuleSoft?
You will use MuleSoft only for projects that require integrating systems. For example, if in your project you integrate a database and then you want to use that data in another system, you can use a specific API for that. But it really depends on the project and your requirements.
As a front-end developer, do you think it is useful? or is it only used in the back-end?
I think that as a front-end or a back-end developer it could be very useful to have a full understanding of what MuleSoft can do. So it’s worth getting this certification to give yourself a better understanding. As I said, this is a huge opportunity and the exam is free, so you must take it!
If you want to know more, watch the webinar about MuleSoft certification and Ana’s experience.