Tag: Cloud Connectors

In this post, I wanted to give an analogy around how to think about API’s, connectors, and integration applications. This is something that can be confusing when you first start working with or building integrations since the definitions of applications and connectors are relative terms which means that they differ in the application space vs the integration space. Let’s say that you want to connect your laptop to your TV so that you can watch some YouTube videos. What would this look like using the terminology used in the integration space?

This post is brought to you by… you! Yes, a couple of weeks back I was writing about how dealing with OAuth2 secured APIs got way easier since Mule’s August 2013 Release. We got such a great feedback that we decided to incorporate some of it in our latest October 2013 release.

 

 

Token Management vs. Token Nightmare

So let’s do a quick recap. In the last post we said that now is way smarter at automatically handling your tokens. So, in a single tenant scenario you could just do this:

Hello There! If you remember a couple of months back we started a series regarding the Google Cloud Connectors Suite. In the first post we introduced the suite, took a look at how to install the connectors in Studio and built a very simple yet cool iApp that takes contacts from a Google Spreadsheet and turns them into Salesforce contacts, Google Contacts, Google Calendar Events and Tasks.  Then on the second post we gave some quick code examples of common usage on the connectors.

Recently ESPN opened up their treasure trove of data to the developer community by releasing an API.

It looks great, well documented, REST based, intuitive.  There’s also some useful tools around the API like a few helper methods that return the data required for making use of their advertised capabilities and a useful ‘health status‘ site.

So utilizing the Mule Devkit the possibility of combining our favorite integration engine (i.e. ) with a little sporting statistics was very enticing.

Now before we get started let’s look at what do we have here:

Google Apps offers a cloud alternative to many of the office products.  If you have a Gmail account then you have Google Apps including Spreadsheets, Docs, Presentations, Contacts, Calendars and Tasks.  Of course Google Apps have APIS and of course we have the connectors to make it easy to connect Google Apps and your applications together.  Lets get the connectors and then take a look at what you can do.

Dropbox LogoIt’s a pleasure for me to introduce the Dropbox Connector. I’m sure you have heard of Dropbox and many of you have been delighted by its simple features, and now you can take advantage of them in your Mule applications.

Getting the Dropbox Connector

It’s really easy to start using this connector thanks to Mule Studio update site. To install it:

  • Go to the menu Help -> Install new software
  • Enter the connectors releases repository: http://repository.mulesoft.org/connectors/releases
  • Select the Dropbox Cloud Connector available in the Community group

A frequent issue I come across writing integration applications with is deciding how to communicate back and forth between my front end application, typically a web or mobile application, and a flow hosted on .

I could use web services and do something like annotate a component with JAX-RS and expose this out over HTTP.  This is potentially overkill,  particularly if I only want to host a few methods, the methods are asynchronous or I don’t want to deal with the overhead of HTTP.  It also could be a lot of extra effort if the only consumers of the API, at least initially, are internal facing applications.

Mark Zuckenberg once said: “How can you connect the world if you leave out China”. Well, I now hereby say: “How can you connect the cloud if you leave out Google”. I know I don’t have his net worth, but I have a point nevertheless. Reality is that Google has done a great job building a Gazillion of different and very cool APIs and you’d be right to feel that it’s hard to keep their pace. To help you with that is that we proudly present to you the first release of the Google Cloud Connectors Suite.

In response to the growing demand we’ve seen for application and data connectivity across the cloud ecosystem, this week we are renaming our cloud integration platform as a service iON to CloudHubTM. I’d like to give you a quick insight into why we’ve changed the platform name.