To allow developers integrate applications with external services using few annotations
MuleSoft (formerly MuleSource) has released second beta version of Tcat Server, a web application server based on Apache Tomcat, that includes iBeans, which enables simplified web application integration.
The company said, with the release of Tcat Server and iBeans, it has initiated a new software category called ‘web middleware’. Reportedly, the new middleware is created to address the need to develop and manage applications across the datacentre and the cloud.
According to MuleSoft, the Tcat Server enables IT teams to manage Tomcat instances in the cloud as well as behind the firewall from a central location, including administering server groups, provisioning applications, and performing diagnostics functions.
In addition, the inclusion of iBeans in this release enables the development of applications that connect with other applications, back-end data sources, and in-the-cloud services. iBeans are reusable integration components that can help developers tap into the best of the web, the company said.
Ross Mason, CTO and founder of MuleSoft, said: We created iBeans to address a huge need among the web application developer community. With iBeans, developers don’t need to wrestle with hand-coding at the API or protocol level.
“Instead, Tcat Server and iBeans lets them integrate applications with external services using a few simple annotations, freeing them to focus their time on what they do best – creating rich application functionality.