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Syndesis Quickstarts

Syndesis makes Camel super easy to use. It packages Camel components as Connectors with a described dataInput and dataOutput shape. This is makes building an integration as easy as clicking Duplos together. Each of our QuickStarts have a little video to see help you build your own integration, plus there is an export file you can use to import to load up the entire scenario. Note that you might have to update things like credentials.

Have fun playing!

1. Introduction to Syndesis

Syndesis is a cloud native application targeted at systems integration. It leverages Apache Camel, and adds a UI layer that helps developers, and more importantly the more technically business analysist, to create integrations without writing any code. Integrations are deployed as Spring Boot applications inside a container onto OpenShift.

The easiest way to try Syndesis is to use a trial of the product called Fuse Online. You can sign up at fuse-online, and skip right to the QuickStart section. However if you’re like me and you want to be able try things out by running it locally, you probably want to run the Syndesis project bits. This is where this blog is about. I will take you through to the few straightforward steps to

2. Install a local mini cloud called MiniShift

In order to have a small cloud running on your laptop you need to install MiniShift. MiniShift is a one node version installation of OpenShift OKD running in a virtual machine. MiniShift supports a few virtualization technogies such as KVM, xHyve, Hyper-V and VirtualBox and can be installed on different operating systems:

If you are on MacOS and you want to use Hyperkit, and are ok with homebrew then you can follow the following instructions

brew install hyperkit
brew install docker-machine-driver-hyperkit
sudo chown root:wheel /usr/local/bin/docker-machine-driver-hyperkit
sudo chmod u+s /usr/local/bin/docker-machine-driver-hyperkit

To install minishift itself use

brew cask install minishift
minishift config set vm-driver hyperkit

or simply download the minishift binary from github. Hop onto Gitter to chat with us if you need help with any of this!

3. Install Syndesis

We will now download the docker images from our official dockerhub repository and start them on your minishift installation using

bash <(curl -sL https://syndes.is/start) --vm-driver hyperkit

Note that on Windows you will need something like Cygwin or KornShell for this to work. The installation process itself can take a few minutes depending on your download speed, but this is all there is to it. At the end of the installation it will open your default browser to the syndesis address. By default you can log in using any username/pw combination. For more details see syndesis.io.

4. Let's run some QuickStarts

Syndesis lets you build application without writing any code. Perhaps the easiest way to learn about Syndesis is to simply run to quickstarts. The quickstarts are zero code, so instead we offer Syndesis integration exports from scenarios we built for you. You can try them out by importing an export as an integration into Syndesis. After the import you sometimes may need to re-enter some connection information like passwords. The accompanying README should detail this. We have ordered the Quickstarts loosely ordered by simplicity, so it is recommended to start from the top of this list.

4.1 Prerequisite

Some of the Quickstarts below use a sample database. If you don't see this DB or the sampleDB connection, then edit the syndesis application:

oc edit syndesis

and add demoData: true. Then restart (delete) the db and server pods.

4.2 Integrations

  • Hello World - log 'Hello World!'
  • DB 2 DB - read from a database table, insert in another database table
  • FHIR 2 FHIR - breath 'fire' from a FHIR REST service and update the same record
  • DB 2 API Connector - create a Custom RESTful Connector to the Todo REST API
  • DynamoDB - connect to an AWS DynamoDB database
  • Twitter 2 DB - search twitter and push matches to a database
  • Twitter 2 GMail - search twitter and send out matches in the body of an email
  • Kafka 2 DB - setup a Kafka Broker, then listen to a Kafka Topic and write to a database
  • Jira 2 Twitter - retrieve Jira comments and send them as Twitter direct messages
  • DB 2 GoogleSheets - read from a database, insert into googlesheet.
  • MongoDB - read and write to a MongoDB NoSQL database. You may want to do API Provider before doing this one.

4.3 Flow Manipulation

4.3 API

  • WebHook - create and expose a webhook to invoke an integration with some data
  • API Provider - create and expose a REST interface to (remotely) interact with integration flows
  • API Provider FTP - create and expose a REST interface to interact with FTP server
  • Syndesis API - Syndesis has a public API you can use to integrate Syndesis with your systems

Integration Quickstarts

4.4 Acquire OAuth Credentials for the Syndesis Setting Section

4.5 Advanced Configuration

5. Interesting 3rd Party Projects/Use Cases using Syndesis

Here is a list of projects using Syndesis/FuseOnline:

(if you want a link to your project added, just open a PR)

6. Become part of the Syndesis community!

We are an Open Source, Apache 2 Licensed project. You are free to use our project but to ensure the health of our project we need your feedback. Become a part of our community. Did I mention we love hearing your experiences? Please log any issues you find or even better contribute a patch back for it. Good luck, and please give us feedback! We love you!

@Syndesisio