Following on from the great and collaborative discussion that we had at our previous London MuleSoft Developer meetup – where we discussed Mule CI/CD pipeline – the community spoke again and made it clear that they were keen to hear about the exciting changes coming in Mule 4 and the challenges that were presented moving to the newest version!
The community asked, and we delivered; last week we held the third London MuleSoft Developer MeetUp at the swanky new ASOS offices! You might be wondering why we got 30+ MuleSoft Developers in a room to talk all things Mule 4. Well, the London MuleSoft Developers Meetup is an independent Mule meet FOR Mule Devs, BY Mule Devs and was created to give the developer community a forum and voice to share their “boots on the ground” challenges and triumphs in MuleSoft. And that’s exactly what we did.
The session opened with an engaging talk by Karl Pestell from ASOS.com who hosted the event at their incredible offices at Greater London House in Mornington Crescent. Their new £40m redevelopment offers 500 less desks but 1365 Alternative workspaces, 30 Additional Meeting Rooms and even a gym and treatment rooms… not a bad place to work eh!? Karl spoke passionately about their relationship with MuleSoft and how they see the platform as one of their key pillars in their tech roadmap. They even boast 6 platform teams using MuleSoft and a 90% code reuse!
Then it was over to the developers. Introduced by the “MuleSoft Magician” Jey Devichandran, Michael Jakeman from ARM shared his experiences on Migrating/Refactoring Apps from 3.9.X to 4.1.X, and was quickly followed by Harshakumar Hariharan from EBA, who discussed his experiences of the journey from 3.9 to 4.1 and back again. Find the link to the slides below!
This session concluded with a very healthy debate, with the consensus being that Mule 4 was a good way forward, but that developers needed to make a mindset shift and get more experienced. All practitioners were wary of the fact initial release would have teething problems and would get mature over time as with most software products but decided overall that the stability of the new release was improving, and product was in better shape than the move from 2-3.
I, for one, love seeing the MuleSoft community come together to share advice, swap insights and talk through their challenges. With the London MuleSoft Developer group continuing to grow, I hope to see more new faces at our next MeetUp. For more information on when that will be, sign up to our MeetUp group here:
For now though, I’m looking forward to bumping into a few of you at the MuleSoft Summit!