What is MuleSoft?
Acquired by Salesforce in 2018, MuleSoft is a SaaS company with a world-class industry presence. MuleSoft provides integration software to connect applications, data, and devices. At its core, it allows you to:
- Efficiently build APIs
- Manage your API users
- Easily connect existing systems, regardless of the technologies used
From a developer perspective, MuleSoft streamlines the process of integrating various systems, whether that includes new APIs, Salesforce, ERP, or legacy applications. It is a unique technology in that you can program from a graphical abstraction and create flows with simple tools – a very different environment when it comes to software development.
For the customer, MuleSoft means you can connect all corners of your system, including Salesforce, and also reduce development time when building new APIs.
As the platform grows, MuleSoft is only becoming more powerful.
- With MuleSoft’s Anypoint Security, security and threat protection can be automated at every layer for ISO 27001, SOC 2, PCI DSS, and GDPR compliance.
- The MuleSoft Anypoint Platform allows themes to launch applications 3x faster and increase productivity by 300%.
- API Community Manager enables MuleSoft customers to manage their API users in a community, leveraging Salesforce Community Cloud technology.
Over the years, our focus has been helping customers integrate their systems with Salesforce, whether through custom methods or integration with third-party services. We have encouraged our developers to become MuleSoft certified to demonstrate proficiency which has allowed us to partner with multiple companies that needed help integrating with MuleSoft.
How one of our partners uses MuleSoft
We recently completed a MuleSoft integration that allowed new data to be entered into a field within a mobile app, then copied and inserted into Salesforce as a new record. To complement this, we also built new automated email workflows to save Sales time when communicating with customers.
The first step of this project was a synchronization between Mulesoft, Web Services and a REST API. Using AWS and Python, we batched normalization of data. To automate this process, they used Salesforce Process Builder.
Isidro and Isaias, two developers who have become certified as part of their growth plan at Oktana, agreed that a month of full-time studying is required to pass the exam for the MuleSoft Certified Developer Level 1 exam. For those not dedicating this amount of time, they suggest you allocate two months to study.
Even though there are no prerequisites for this certification, they recommend having a background knowledge of REST API services, the basics of web concepts, HTTP requests and that you know how these work from a server perspective.
Isaias found the hardest topic was error handling, given that MuleSoft has its own logic to solve these issues and it is not easily related to other programming languages. The solution he found was to put the theory into practice by creating a fairly simple app and run flows, this way you understand the behavior of the app and what needs to be done for the app to behave differently. He mentioned that MuleSoft is highly versatile and offers multiple tools to use without the necessity of learning every existing tool.
Isidro thought the most interesting thing about this certification is that it allows developers to develop what can typically take several weeks in only a few days.
Here are some study materials as you prepare to become a MuleSoft Certified Developer:
The developers on our team who have worked on MuleSoft projects agree certification is fundamental to working with the technology. The material covered ensures you have the necessary knowledge of APIs and architecture required to work efficiently and to integrate other services. MuleSoft is widely used and growing within the market.
Equipment requirements for the exam:
- Minimum operating system: Windows Vista / Mac OS x10.5
- Compatible browser: Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
- Minimum RAM: 1024 MB
If you are part of our team, Oktana will provide you with some extra resources such as mock tests to help you successfully pass the exam and continue to develop your career. If you’re interested in joining our team, check out our job offers at Oktana Careers.