I knew I wanted to work in information technology since I was 15 years old. To this end, I completed my Master’s degree in Computer Science and started my IT professional career as a salesforce expert developers. My professional career focused on Salesforce development and Solutions services. 

In many of the Salesforce integrations that I worked on, we needed to integrate third-party systems. I often had to design and build a CRM solution for these integrations keeping in mind the Salesforce constraints and what tools were available at my disposal. Some of these integrations were point-to-point integrations with an API callout to the third-party system from Apex code. Some of them used pre-build connectors that worked with Salesforce. Others used a workflow rule and an outbound message. And some used middleware, like MuleSoft.

I always enjoyed working on designing these development, integrations and working within the constraints of the Salesforce CRM platform to come up with a Expert design. With different projects, came different implementations, and with different integrations, came different systems. 

In this Article, I’ll share my experience as a Salesforce CRM solutions then expanded my skills into Expert MuleSoft developers — with what started out as curiosity that then transitioned into a beneficial career move.  

Introduction To MuleSoft:

Salesforce announced their acquisition of MuleSoft in 2018, and I used to be interested in how MuleSoft would slot in with Salesforce's tech stack. What made it different from the opposite integration platforms that I worked with within the past? While my curiosity began in 2018, I didn't start learning how to use the Anypoint Platform until late 2019. I Performing on using MuleSoft to integrate various systems, including Salesforce — and this became an exciting factor in starting out using it.

My Journey to learning in late 2019 with the Mule 4 Anypoint Platform Development self-paced class. While this helped me start, I used to be still trying to find more instruction. To the present end, I took the instructor-led version of an equivalent course in early 2020. additionally to those classes, I attempted most of the labs that are a part of the self-paced training course. Also, I tried the MCD – Level 1 / Development Fundamentals (Mule 4) Quiz and DIY exercises. All of the self-paced classes on MuleSoft's training website are free, which may be an excellent spot to start if you're looking to start your MuleSoft journey.

Obviously, within the days leading up to the exam, I used to be nervous. The questions within the exam were quite tricky, and halfway through the exam, I felt like I used to be not prepared to aim the sort of scenarios and questions within the exam. I attempted my best to answer the questions, but unfortunately, I failed once I submitted the results! I used to be beyond disappointed.

Initially, I felt a touch demotivated, but I knew I had to travel back and address my knowledge gaps and retake the certification. I knew where my shortcomings were and knew I could overcome those to pass the certification. Thus, I returned to my section scoring from the preliminary exam to review the areas I had scored but the passing percentage.

The primary strategy I used for clearing up any doubts was trying out those areas through a mini project in Anypoint Studio. for instance, I wasn't clear on the execution concepts, so I created multiple projects with various scenarios and debugged those projects to know what was happening so I could better understand these concepts in my next attempt. The opposite strategy I used to improve my skills was looking for a selected topic in additional detail. The most data sources for this were the MuleSoft data integration website and other MuleSoft blogs written by the MuleSoft Community