6 ways to Increase Mule Development Productivity

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During my time as a consultant, I worked on multiple APIs professionally and as side projects. My runtime of choice was and still is Mule 4. Majority of these APIs follow the API Led Connectivity approach and become a part of an application network. Going through the process of building multiple APIs over and over again has led me to improvements to increase my productivity when developing APIs and various integrations in Mule 4. Here are my six ways to increase your productivity in Mule 4:

  1. Use the latest version of Anypoint Studio

  2. Utilize DataWeave Playground

  3. Mock systems and its data

  4. Use MUnit Test Recorder

  5. Improve your DataWeave skills

  6. Use Maven Archetypes to create project templates

Disclaimer: Everything mentioned on this post and throughout my site are my own thoughts and opinions. They are not thoughts from MuleSoft or Salesforce, my current employer.

Use the latest version of Anypoint Studio

Having the latest version of Anypoint Studio is a BIG DEAL! Why? As MuleSoft makes updates to improve the overall platform, Anypoint Studio is included. There was a time in history where one could start a design in the Design Center and make small modifications in Anypoint Studio and both versions would be out of sync. MuleSoft improved the developer's experience by providing a synchronization between Anypoint Studio and Design Center. The API synchronization improvement was released in Anypoint Studio 7.5.

Another example is the Studio Dark Theme improvements released with Anypoint Studio 7.10. If you are interested in learning how to enable Anypoint Studio’s Dark Theme, please click here.

Utilize DataWeave Playground

For those familiar with Mule development, you may already utilize DataWeave Playground. However, for those that are new to Mule let me briefly introduce you to this awesome tool.

DataWeave Playground is a DataWeave online scripting utility that allows you write and test your DataWeave scripts without the need to use Anypoint Studio or run the Mule 4 Runtime. It reminds me of the JavaScript code playgrounds like JSFiddle, where you write and test code snippets in the browser. During my brief stint in JavaScript I found these online code playgrounds to be really helpful.