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While following the discussions on Oasis Blue's SmartGrid Interest List, I noticed that smart device makers quickly reacted to the draft charter for the proposed OASIS Energy Market Information Exchange (eMIX) Technical Committee by stating that their capacity to implement full-fledged SOAP clients was limited. Looking at the bare-metal specifications of protocols like Zigbee, it is easy to understand that SOAP would be another board game. Of course, when I heard about this need for protocol adaptation, my favorite quadruped quickly came to mind (I know, when you have a hammer...). So I came up speculating about this: Yes, that is Mule ESB running on a Sheeva Plug. In fact, I should say Mule HSB, as in this case the platform would serve as a Home Service Bus. What could be the role of such an HSB? Protocol adaptation comes first to mind. Allowing all your home devices to ... (more)

ESB Testing Strategies with Mule

To be able to do anything useful, an ESB must be configured with all sorts of parameters, from endpoint connection URIs to message transformation scripts to content-based routing definitions. Moreover, ESBs like Mule can host custom components, which will process messages and perform user-specific actions on them. Deploying a new version of an ESB configuration raises the question of whether it will break anything. How can we build confidence that everything will be just fine? If unit testing did it for standard software development, what can it do in the realm of the ESB? Since... (more)

Is Test Overlap A Necessary Evil?

In a recent blog post titled "The Limitations of TDD", Jolt Awards colleague Andrew Binstock shared some reservations Cédric Beust has about TDD. When a person of extensive experience like Cédric speaks about testing, you pay attention. And I did. Among the very interesting quotes from Cédric that Andrew has reproduced, the following really struck me: Another important point is that unit tests are a convenience for *you*, the developer, while functional tests are important for your *users*. When I have limited time, I always give priority to writing functional tests. Your duty is... (more)

The Holy Grail of Persistence?

One of the very first CTO-grade decision I had to take in the making of Snoget was to pick what would become our main transactional persistence engine. Since we're using Erlang exclusively for our production servers, the solution seemed easy: use Mnesia. But I settled for PostgreSQL. At this point, anyone who's been dealing with O/R mapping (like Ted Neward who said: "Object/relational mapping is the Vietnam of Computer Science"), should cry fool: Mnesia would offer me persistence without any impedence mismatch with the application runtime environment and I preferred a SQL databa... (more)

CRaSH for Mule, an Introduction

This blog is the formal introduction to the CRaSH console for Mule on which I've been working for the past month or so. I've decided to interview myself about it because, hey, if I don't do it, who will? What is CRaSH for Mule? It is a shell that is running embedded in Mule and that gives command-line access to a variety of Mule internal moving parts. It's built thanks to the excellent CRaSH project, a toolkit built by Julien Viet and sponsored by eXo Platform, which allows the easy creation of embedded shells. What can we do with it? Well, it's easy to find it out. Let's connect ... (more)