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    Robert Valk

    Robert Valk
    Robert is a Principal with Deloitte's Platform Engineering practice, specialising in the design and delivery of complex distributed solutions for Public Sector, Finance, and Higher Education clients.
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    Contact tracing apps - can we trust the tech?

    Posted by Robert Valk on 29 April 2020

    Development, Technology, data privacy, COVID-19, BlueTrace, Android, Mobile App, Contact Tracing, Apple, Google

    Contact tracing is an essential tool for health authorities trying to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Many nations are looking to mobile apps to support and automate contact tracing, to help us unlock our lockdowns and to get our societies and economies moving again. Yet, we live in an age where data privacy, cyber...

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    Why Assembler is the future of Integration

    Posted by Robert Valk on 01 April 2016

    tech, humour

    To succeed in our modern world of API-led connectivity, we need to go back to basics… all the way back…

    Security, agility and fast time-to-market are crucial for any successful Digital initiative. Your choice of integration platform can be the deciding factor, enabling developer productivity or resulting in crippling...

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    XSLT Extension Functions in Mule 3.6+

    Posted by Robert Valk on 19 November 2015

    java, mule, xslt

    The Mule 3.6 release brought a comprehensive and very welcome refresh of XML capabilities, including cutting-edge XSLT support via the Saxon 9.6 HE library. Unfortunately one feature lost in this overhaul was Saxon’s easy mechanism for using Java methods as XSLT extension functions. Here’s how we made it easier to use...

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    Advanced File Handling in Mule

    Posted by Robert Valk on 15 June 2015

    tech, mule

    With all the drag-and-drop goodness of AnyPoint Studio these days, it’s easy to forget that under the hood Mule ESB remains a very powerful, configurable and extendible framework. This power comes in handy when you’re faced with demanding file processing requirements in advance of Mule’s out-of-the-box functionality.

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    Developing Bulk APIs with Mule, RAML and APIKit

    Posted by Robert Valk on 02 December 2014

    tech, api, mule, raml, streaming, apikit

    Recently we’ve been writing quite a few ‘bulk’ APIs - where consumers don’t want a single resource, or a screenful of search results but instead need (close to) the entire record set. In this blog we discuss several features of the Mule ESB platform that make is easy to design and implement bulk APIs over a variety of...

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