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

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

The CData Mule Connector for REST connects REST 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 REST data that can be deployed to an on-premise server for internal access or to the MuleSoft CloudHub for direct cloud access.

Add REST Connectivity to Mule Apps

This article walks through embedding the CData Mule Connector for REST 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 REST Connector.

Embed REST Connectivity

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

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

    See the Getting Started chapter in the data provider documentation to authenticate to your data source: The data provider models REST APIs as bidirectional database tables and XML/JSON files as read-only views (local files, files stored on popular cloud services, and FTP servers). The major authentication schemes are supported, including HTTP Basic, Digest, NTLM, OAuth, and FTP. See the Getting Started chapter in the data provider documentation for authentication guides.

    After setting the URI and providing any authentication values, set Format to "XML" or "JSON" and set DataModel to more closely match the data representation to the structure of your data.

    The DataModel property is the controlling property over how your data is represented into tables and toggles the following basic configurations.

    • Document (default): Model a top-level, document view of your REST data. The data provider returns nested elements as aggregates of data.
    • FlattenedDocuments: Implicitly join nested documents and their parents into a single table.
    • Relational: Return individual, related tables from hierarchical data. The tables contain a primary key and a foreign key that links to the parent document.

    See the Modeling REST Data chapter for more information on configuring the relational representation. You will also find the sample data used in the following examples. The data includes entries for people, the cars they own, and various maintenance services performed on those cars.

  4. Configure the CData REST 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 REST data. Download a free, 30 day trial of the Mule Connector for REST and see the CData difference in your Mule applications today.