DevOps is a fantastic methodology that allows us to achieve substantial improvements in the SDLC process through the constant communication and collaboration between Development and Operations teams. This is achieved by implementing several techniques to accomplish the following:

  • Automate processes
  • View Infrastructure as a code
  • Implement continuous delivery and continuous integration (CD/CI)

This automates or eliminates certain phases in the development process that can cause delays or headaches down the road. This methodology has become incredibly popular because not only does it fit perfectly in the API development lifecycle, it also compliments it.

The MuleSoft AnyPoint Platform provides a range of native and third-party tools that can be used in the API lifecycle and it’s ideal to implement and support the development process with DevOps

How to be Agile with Anypoint Platform

RAML is the perfect spec to design your API because it’s easy to grasp by technical user and even non-technical users. The RAML creates an outline that lists the different API methods and allows developers to perform tests in a graphical interface.

After the design is thoroughly tested, the RAML definition can be imported into AnyPoint Studio. Doing so generates a skeleton flow to start the actual development of the API into a final product, facilitating the work and reducing development time. Another added value of using RAML is its semantic structure that makes it easy to read and also serves as part of the API documentation.

Mocking Services

Anypoint Platform offers mocking services that allow developers to simulate the API’s behavior before writing the first line of code. This fits perfectly with the DevOps approach as developers can constantly test and gather feedback from potential users. The whole point is to catch glitches, inconsistencies, and designs issues early on before investing time and money in the development phase.

How to increase API Visibility and Reusability?

DevOps is based on communication and collaboration between Development and Operations and AnyPoint Exchange is the perfect feature for that. Anypoint Exchange is part of AnyPoint Platform. With AnyPoint Exchange, we have control of the different assets your organization owns. Once an API is successfully built and deployed, it can be uploaded to AnyPoint Exchange and be equipped with an API portal where other developers can look at the spec and use what they need to create other products or services. The portal provides a centralized place for discovering all the tools they need to use the published API.

Reducing the IT Delivery Gap with AnyPoint Studio

Anypoint Studio is the platform’s Integrated Development Environment where developers roll up their sleeve to build the API once it’s been designed. Studio accelerates developer productivity because it features a single graphical environment for SOA, SaaS, APIs and data integration.

How Does Anypoint Studio reduce the IT delivery gap?

It has an intuitive single graphical environment that decreases the learning curve. Developers can jumpstart integrations with pre-built components called connectors. This is huge as it dramatically decreases development time and helps the rest of the development team understand the API’s behavior better by reading a Mule flow in Studio.

Testing, Continuous Delivery & Continuous Integration (CD/CI)

Anypoint Studio is strongly integrated with MAVEN, a popular tool in DevOps. It allows developers to automate development tasks and compilation process.

MUnit is the native testing framework for Mule. It’s important to thoroughly test APIs prior to deployment. MUnit allows users to:

  • Design and test your Mule apps and APIs, graphically or in XML, all within Studio
  • Integrate testing into their existing CI/CD process
  • Minimize manual work with auto-generated tests

GitHub and Jenkins are other tools perfect for DevOps. GitHub deals with source code management. Multiple developers can take control of the code and work on it at the same time. Jenkins can help with the automation of the non-human part of the software development process. It aides with the CD/CI process as it can automate the testing defined in MUnit, as well as the compilation and deployment processes. It’s a powerful tool for automating the process of deployment.

Conclusion

Our goal at NEWTOMS is to help clients implement DevOps in an efficient way with the goal of speeding up their development process and shortening the IT Delivery gap. We are happy to discuss how you can approach these trends and offer recommendations on your capabilities of responding to change and embrace digital transformation. Feel free to contact us, we respond to any request 24/7 because our staff is strategically located around the globe. We speak English, Spanish, and Filipino.

Our offices are located in Alpharetta, Georgia USA – Mexico city, Mexico – Valencia, Venezuela – Manila Philippines.

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William Pérez

William Pérez

William Perez graduated as IT Engineer from Instituto Universitario del Oeste Mariscal Sucre in Venezuela in 2015 – He is an Advanced MuleSoft certified Developer and Integration specialist; actively helping customers embracing API-LED Connectivity.