MuleSoft has released a new product, Mule Data Integrator
. Mule Data Integrator is free for developers to use and includes an Eclipse-based designer that is fully integrated with Mule IDE
One of the biggest challenges in implementing SOA is figuring out how to handle the data. Data can exist in relational databases and in various file formats (XML, delimited, fixed record length, binary, etc. with platform-specific encoding). It can be loosely structured (like email or reports), in legacy formats (COBOL), or even represented as a Java object. Mule Data Integrator is a data transformation tool that allows you to easily transform your data from one format to another while passing through the Mule ESB
To maintain loose coupling in a service-oriented architecture, a service should never expose its internal data structures. A service needs to define a contract that includes the public view of the data and then map the internal structure definition to the definition in that external contract. Traditionally, developers have been forced to address this problem by writing custom Java code or XSLT stylesheets to transform data into the correct format. With Mule Data Integrator, you can graphically define the transformation map between the internal and public view and then execute the map at runtime from within Mule ESB.
Mule Data Integrator also supports one-to-many data transformation. For example, if a new text data file is placed up on the bus, Mule Data Integrator can transform it into multiple representations, allowing you to simultaneously write it to a database and pass it on as XML to be processed by another service.
To learn more about Mule Data Integrator, or to download the free graphical designer, visit http://www.mulesoft.com/mule-data-integrator-mapping-transformation
. You can also read the Getting Started documentation here
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