Really Easy Way to Find out What’s New in vSphere API

I am probably one of a few persons who read the VMware vSphere API reference extensively because of my book. When I read it, I normally quickly click the Managed Object Types link in navigation pane on the left side, and then choose one type for the details on the right side.

I didn’t pay much attention to the initial content in the right pane until last week when I started to work on support for next vSphere release. Basically I wanted a quick summary page of what’s new in the next release so that I won’t miss anything while adding support for the VI Java API. A colleague of mine reminded me that the page is actually in the API reference since 4.0, thanks to the great work of VMware tech pub team.

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The API reference’s home page lists all the new types as follows:

Better than I expected, it also provides detailed matrix on support of each method/property/data object/fault/enumeration in each version (2.0, 2.0.1, 2.5, and 4.0).

So when you are not sure about what methods are supported on which versions, don’t forget the API reference which is the best source for the API details.

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  1. Posted June 1, 2010 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    I definitely spent quite a bit of time browsing around the API docs, I think this is one of the places that new users to the API/SDKs are a little scared of.

    To be honest, the search is probably one of the most under-rated features of the API page, not many people know that you can just start typing away and 9 out of 10 times, it’ll point you to the right methods or data objects that you’re interested in.

    Glad you’re pointing these features out to help new developers get comfortable with the API!

    –William

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