Read this book to get started with MuleSoft! Especially if you come from a Salesforce background

Alex Martinez
4 min readSep 26, 2022
MuleSoft for Salesforce Developers — A practitioner’s guide to deloying MuleSoft APIs and integrations for Salesforce enterprise solutions. Authors: Arul Christhuraj Alphonse, Alexandra Martinez, Akshata Sawant.

The name might make it seem exclusive for Salesforce Developers who want to learn MuleSoft, but that’s not the case. Anyone who wants to learn MuleSoft can buy this book to get started with several MuleSoft products and tips.

About the authors

Hi, I’m Alex! I’m currently a developer advocate at MuleSoft along with my co-author Akshata. We, and Arul, wrote this book with all our dedication and love so you could get started with MuleSoft’s products ❤️

Akshata and Arul, my co-authors, are absolute experts on the topic. Akshata has talked so much about MuleSoft in external events and meetups that she became a developer advocate at MuleSoft! And Arul is the creator of TechLightning, where he has helped various students to learn MuleSoft with his courses.

I had been a MuleSoft developer for around 3 years before joining MuleSoft. I was an Ambassadress and a Meetup Leader for the Toronto, Online Spanish, and Women Who Mule chapters.

Enough about us though. Let me give you a summary of what you’ll find in this book.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Introduction to APIs and MuleSoft, covers what no-code and low-code technologies are, what APIs and integrations are, the different MuleSoft products, what application networks are, and what the API-led connectivity approach is.

Chapter 2, Designing your API, explores the API life-cycle and how to create an API specification and fragments using RAML, fundamentals of REST and SOAP API and HTTP protocol, capabilities of API Manager, and API Design best practices.

Chapter 3, Exploring Anypoint Studio, covers how to download Anypoint Studio from the official website, install it on the system, and perform the required configuration. After the installation, we will develop the new Mule application and run it inside Anypoint Studio.

Chapter 4, Introduction to Core Components, covers the basics of a Mule Event, the flow, and the sub-flow. It introduces us to several components, scopes, routers, transformers, and flow controls in Mule. It also examines error handling and batch processing in Mule 4.

Chapter 5, All About Anypoint Platform, delves into the Anypoint Platform components, such as Design Center — API Designer, Exchange, API Manager, Runtime Manager, and Anypoint Monitoring. At the end of this chapter, we will be familiar with how to create an API using Design Center, how to publish the API in Exchange, how to create the API in API Manager to enforce the policies, what Runtime Manager is, and how to monitor applications from Anypoint Platform.

Chapter 6, Learning DataWeave, covers an introduction to DataWeave if you’re new to the language. We discuss what DataWeave is, how scripts are created, how to add comments, and what data types, data formats, operators, variables, functions, selectors, scopes, and conditionals are.

Chapter 7, Transforming with DataWeave, focuses on learning more about the DataWeave modules and some of the most used functions in real life. We also learn about the Transform Message component to use DataWeave in Anypoint Studio.

Chapter 8, Building Your Mule Application, explains how to build a Mule application using different configuration and properties files, and also covers Scheduler Endpoint, the APIkit router, and Object Store.

Chapter 9, Deploying Your Application, explores the different deployment options available in MuleSoft, how to deploy an application to CloudHub, how to download and install a Mule on-premises server, how to deploy a Mule application to an on-premises server, and also how to build a CI/CD pipeline
using MuleSoft.

Chapter 10, Secure Your API, covers the need to secure your API with the help of policies, explores the capabilities of API Manager, and more about MuleSoft’s security features.

Chapter 11, Testing Your Application, examines MUnit, MUnitTools, different operations, and how to create test suites and test cases using MUnit. We will also see how MUnit can speed up the development process and the test recorder.

Chapter 12, MuleSoft integration with Salesforce, covers how to leverage the capabilities of MuleSoft to integrate Salesforce with other end-systems. It also covers Salesforce connectors, accelerators, and templates and several capabilities of MuleSoft to make integration easy. It also covers about MuleSoft Composer to simplify integrations. In the API-based approach, we will access the Salesforce objects via the API to access the information in real time. In the event-based approach, we will listen to the Salesforce topic to receive the message and process it synchronously to the required backend system.

Chapter 13, MuleSoft Connectors and Use Cases, delves into the different modules (File, FTP, SFTP, Database, Slack, SOAP, VM, and JMS) available in MuleSoft. In the File-based modules (File, FTP, and SFTP), we will connect to the system and read the file. We will also send the file through different connectors. In the Database module, we will perform the required connector configuration to a specific database and read/insert records from/to the database. This chapter also covers the different modules, such as Slack, Web Service Consumer (SOAP), VM, and JMS connectors.

Chapter 14, Best Practices, Tips, and Tricks, covers the MuleSoft best practices, guidelines, coding standards, tips, and tricks.

Chapter 15, Certification and Interview Tips, explores the different career paths you can choose in the MuleSoft ecosystem, what the different MuleSoft certifications are and some tips to get certified, what the different available trainings are, how to contribute to the MuleSoft community, and some interview tips for your first MuleSoft position.

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Alex Martinez

Developer Advocate at MuleSoft | Co-Author of MuleSoft for Salesforce Developers | ProstDev Founder | MuleSoft Ambassadress Alumni