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GUI support for ESB

 
Vijitha Kumara
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Dear Authors,

According to the Introduction Chapter of the book....

The development effort needed to build a robust interface that is capable of configuring
an ESB is quite extensive. Therefore a lot of Open Source ESBs are focusing more on the runtime
functionality than on increasing developer productivity via GUIs


So, this means we just configure the things manually and we'll have to do the developnemt(with IDEs like Eclipse/NetBeans etc..) for the implementing ESB? Are there any specific need for the GUI for this (i.e: special cases for implementing ESB)?

Thanks in Advance,
[ August 01, 2008: Message edited by: Vijitha Kumara ]
 
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You're right configuring the integration flows for at least Mule and ServiceMix is done using a couple of simple XML files. For Mule an IDE is being developed which has more graphical support.

Normally though this isn't much of issue. Both ServiceMix and Mule have XSDs which are very finegrained and tell you what is allowed in the configuration.

Personally I like this approach beter then the graphical configuration offered by some of the commercial ESBs, since I can better understand what happens.
 
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In appendix C of the book we show the GUI support for Mule and ServiceMix. Although this support is not yet as mature as commercial or closed source ESB products, it's getting better and better.
For more information about Mule IDE:

http://www.mulesource.org/display/MULEIDE/Mule+IDE+2.0

More information about Eclipse STP Enterprise Integration Designer (provides support for ServiceMix, PEtALS and Apache Camel):

http://www.eclipse.org/stp/eid/index.php

Best regards,

Tijs Rademakers
 
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Really appretiate your valuable information

Thanks a lot
 
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Hi,
i found this ESB to be quite useful as it has a really user friendly admin console which allows users to configue the ESB with little hassle rather than having to manually configure xml files which can be very error prone....
 
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We proudly announce that Saddle goes Open source

www.saddle-integration.org

What is Saddle?

Saddle is an Open Source NetBeans-based graphical frontend to configure the Mule ESB. It allows you to graphically create, view, or edit the configuration files of Mule v2.x and 3.x.
You can even convert a v2.x configuration to a v3.x configuration.

Furthermore, it enables you to graphically map messages from different systems and to apply Java buisiness logic with all comfort you are used from your Java IDE.

Once the configuration work is done, Saddle allows you to administrate and monitor your runing Mule instances via any web browser.
This also includes the graphical tracing of messages through your integration schema.

Learn more about the features of Saddle in the documentation section.
 
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Saddle Integration Welcome to Javaranch. Please check your PMs
 
Huy-Nguyen Vu
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Just a notification: Saddle Integration Mule Esb website
 
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