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The Complete Guide to Becoming a MuleSoft Developer

How to become a MuleSoft developer

Are you interested in becoming a MuleSoft developer? This is a lucrative career in a growing and thriving industry that thousands of people love. Many people, however, labor under the misconception that only people with a background in Computer Sciences can become certified MuleSoft developers. This is simply not the truth, as developers come from a range of backgrounds. In fact, there are loads of developers with a degree in Physics and other Applied Sciences, as well as those who have studied Arts and Social Sciences.

This brings us to the question: how does one go about becoming a MuleSoft developer? In that case, this must be your lucky day because this article will show you the ropes. So grab a pen and your notepad, because you’re already one step closer to joining all the MuleSoft developers out there!

But before we begin, let’s get a few things sorted out first.


What Does a MuleSoft Developer Do?

MuleSoft developers work in the MuleSoft environment with tools like Anypoint Studio and other minor MuleSoft products to develop APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that are used to integrate enterprise systems. In other words, a MuleSoft developer designs and connects APIs that allow different applications to communicate with one another, which in turn helps businesses unlock the potential of their data and bolster their digital transformation process.

Another common mix-up happens when people assume that MuleSoft developers working in the Mule environment must work for MuleSoft or Salesforce. In reality, MuleSoft developers work for various companies and R&D firms, creating APIs and tools like connectors-all of which make it easier for their customers to manage and make use of their data.


Requirements for a MuleSoft Developer

The list below is essentially a checklist or to-do list of items you should have a handle on if you want to work as a developer in the Mule environment.


Programming Experience

A key prerequisite for MuleSoft training is some experience in programming, particularly in Object-Oriented languages like C++ or Java. In addition, a basic understanding of data formats, such as XML, CSV, and JSON will also be helpful if you are a developer-in-training, as well as an idea about various integration technologies out there like HTTP, JMS, REST, and SOAP.


An Understanding of MuleSoft

In order to become a certified MuleSoft developer, one has to pass an exam. And to do so, you need to learn all things MuleSoft. Before you can pass the exam, however, one has to get a firm handle on the inner workings of MuleSoft. How can you do that?

You have to hit the books and actually study. There are two ways to go about this: one is through self-study, and the other is with the help of an instructor. If you have the time and patience, you can then sift your way across countless online courses (many of which are free to audit). These take anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks and can be adjusted to suit your own pace of learning and studying.

But if you need external motivation, you can sign up for classes coordinated by an actual instructor, who will take classes, assign homework, and test your understanding of the material. These classes are rarely free and will require payment. 

They are also shorter-some courses can be completed in just a week. Another benefit is that you are closely supervised by your instructor and can be sure you are on the right track.


MuleSoft Certification

MuleSoft developers must be certified in Mule 4. This is the next step once you have completed your courses on MuleSoft. After you have all the material locked and loaded, you must sit for a two-hour exam, and score at least 70% to pass. It is an MCQ-based test that focuses on real-life scenarios and practical aspects.


Honing Your Skills

So you’ve passed the exam and are now a certified developer. Hooray! 

You’re still not done yet since employers want MuleSoft developers with skills, specialized knowledge, and a little bit of experience at the very least. This means that you need to be comfortable handling things like SOAP and REST web services, RAML, DataWeave, CloudHub, and Element Handling. Real-time experience with Mule 4 on the Anypoint Platform is also a requirement many employers have. 

Once you’ve got these things under your belt, you’re ready to join the league of professional MuleSoft developers.


Final Say

Well, now you have it nailed down to a T. Becoming a MuleSoft developer isn’t the hardest thing on the planet, but it does require a good deal of studying, firm knowledge of the material, and some experience working with the different tools and platforms. This is a fascinating, fast-paced career where you can continue on to become a MuleSoft architect. If you have the experience and the skill, why not join the PlektonLabs team as a developer?

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