Mule 1.3 review

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Mule is the leading open source ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) and integration platform

License: MPL (Mozilla Public License)
File size: 22876K
Developer: MuleSource Inc.
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Mule is the leading open source ESB (Enterprise Service Bus) and integration platform. Mule is a scalable, highly distributable object broker that can seamlessly handle interactions with services and applications using disparate transport and messaging technologies.

Here are some key features of "Mule":
J2EE 1.4 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and Messaging broker
Pluggable connectivity such as JMS (1.0.2b and 1.1), VM (embedded), JDBC, TCP, UDP, multicast, http, servlet, SMTP, POP3, file, XMPP.
JBI Integration.
Orchestration of services using WS-BPEL and Mule components and routers.
Support for asynchronous, synchronous and request-response event processing over any transport.
Web Services using XFire (STaX-based) Axis or Glue.
Flexible deployment [Topologies] including Client/Server, Peer-to-Peer, ESB and Enterprise Service Network.
Declarative and Programmatic transaction support including XA support.
End-to-End support for routing, transport and transformation of events.
Spring framework Integration. Can be used as the ESB container and Mule can be easily embedded into Spring applications.
Highly scalable enterprise server using the SEDA processing model.
REST API to provide technology agnostic and language neutral web based access to Mule Events
Powerful event routing based on patterns in the popular EIP book.
Dynamic, declarative, content-based and rule-based routing options.
Non-Intrusive approach. Any object can be managed by the ESB container.
Powerful Application Integration framework
Fully extensible development model

What's New in This Release:
XFire now supports STaX-based streaming SOAP, JavaSpaces JAAS Security Provider, Spring Remoting, HiveMind, and these transaction managers: Weblogic, Websphere, JRun, JBoss, Resin, and Generic Jndi-based.
Performance improvements were made and full character set encoding support and internationalization was implemented.
Transport-specific session handling was added.
Over 300 issues were closed.
The Sandbox now has jBPM Transport, specialised Tibco transport, specialised MQ Series transport, a SAP module, and Maven Archetypes for building template projects.

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