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Deploy CData Mule Connectors (On-Premise or to the Cloud)

Embed the CData MuleSoft Connector for FedEx in a Mule Application and deploy it to the MuleSoft CloudHub or an on-premise server.

The CData Mule Connector for FedEx connects FedEx data to Mule applications enabling read, write, update, and delete functionality with familiar SQL queries. The Connector allows users to easily create Mule applications with access to live FedEx data that can be deployed to an on-premise server for internal access or to the MuleSoft CloudHub for direct cloud access.

Add FedEx Connectivity to Mule Apps

This article walks through embedding the CData Mule Connector for FedEx in an application and deploying the application to MuleSoft CloudHub and to on-premise servers. You will need Mule and Anypoint Studio installed, in addition to the CData FedEx Connector.

Embed FedEx Connectivity

The steps below outline adding the FedEx Connector to your project and configuring the connection and connector.

  1. Create a new Mule Project in Anypoint Studio.
  2. Add a CData FedEx Connector to the application.
  3. Create a new Connection (or edit an existing one) and configure the properties to connect to FedEx (see below). Once the connection is configured, click Test Connection to ensure the connectivity to FedEx.

    There are five pieces of information needed in order to authenticate its actions with the FedEx service. This information is below.

    • Server: This controls the URL where the requests should be sent. Common testing options for this are: "https://gatewaybeta.fedex.com:443/xml", "https://wsbeta.fedex.com:443/xml", "https://gatewaybeta.fedex.com:443/web-service", and "https://wsbeta.fedex.com:443/web-service"
    • DeveloperKey: This is the identifier part of the authentication key for the sender's identity. This value will be provided to you by FedEx after registration.
    • Password: This is the secret part of the authentication key for the sender's identity. This value will be provided to you by FedEx after registration.
    • AccountNumber: This valid 9-digit FedEx account number is used for logging into the FedEx server.
    • MeterNumber: This value is used for submitting requests to FedEx. This value will be provided to you by FedEx after registration.
    • PrintLabelLocation: This property is required if one intends to use the GenerateLabels or GenerateReturnLabels stored procedures. This should be set to the folder location where generated labels should be stored.

    The Cache Database

    Many of the useful tasks available from FedEx require a lot of data. To ensure this data is easy to input and recall later, utilizes a cache database to make these requests. You must set the cache connection properties:

    • CacheProvider: The specific database you are using to cache with. For example, org.sqlite.JDBC.
    • CacheConnection: The connection string to be passed to the cache provider. For example, jdbc:sqlite:C:\users\username\documents\fedexcache.db
  4. Configure the CData FedEx Connector with the Operation, Query type, and SQL query.
  5. Finish and save your application.

Once you have completed your application, you can use Anypoint Studio in conjunction with Anypoint Platform to deploy the application to your MuleSoft CloudHub instance or an on-premise server.

Deploy to MuleSoft CloudHub

  1. Right-click your Project and select Anypoint Platform -> Deploy to Cloud
  2. Configure the deployment and click "Deploy Application"
  3. When the deployment completes, navigate to the Anypoint Platform Runtime Manager to manage the deployed application

Once the application is deployed, you will be able to access it from anywhere on the web by navigating to the App URL, adding any parameters needed.

Deploy to an On-Premise Server

In order to deploy a Mule application to an on-premise server through the Anypoint Platform, you will need to have a Mule server instance installed on the machine. The steps below walk through adding the on-premise server to Anypoint Platform and deploying the Mule application.

Add the On-Premise Mule Server to Anypoint Platform

  1. Stop your on-premise Mule server (if it is currently running)
  2. Navigate to the Anypoint Platform and click Add Server to see the command for adding a server, including the security token.
  3. Setup the MuleSoft Runtime Manager Agent (on Windows, run amc_setup.bat ... ).

    %MULE_HOME%\bin> amc_setup -H 12ab3cd4-567e-8fa9-0123-4b56c7de8901---234567 MYSERVER
  4. Start the on-premise Mule Server (on Windows, run mule.bat ).

    %MULE_HOME%\bin> mule

Deploy the Mule Application

  1. In Anypoint Studio, right-click the project -> Export
    • In the Mule folder, choose "Anypoint Studio Project to Mule Deployable Archive" and click "Next" to create the deployable file
  2. In the Anypoint Platform Runtime Manager, navigate to Applications and click Deploy Application
    • Name the application
    • Select the on-premise server as the Deployment Target
    • Under "Application File," click "Choose file" -> "Upload file" and select the project you exported
    • Click "Deploy Application"

Once the application is deployed to the on-premise server, you will be able to access it from any browser with access to the server. Simply navigate to the server address and port, adding any URL parameters needed for the application.

At this point, you have deployed a Mule Application for working with FedEx data. Download a free, 30 day trial of the Mule Connector for FedEx and see the CData difference in your Mule applications today.