VMware Developer Community: Time to Update Contents

Thanks to John Troyer and VMware community managers, I successfully changed my email for login with the community recently. During this long weekend I spent a little time checking out the developer community.

I found that the static contents out there are largely outdated. In my estimation, it hasn’t been actively maintained for more than one year. Listing outdated contents not only confuses the community, but also lets go a great opportunity to educate and influence developers.

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Here are a few quick examples:

  • On the home page of the developer community, the featured resources are still “vCloud API 1.0 Released, vCloud SDK for Java 1.0 Released, vCloud SDK for PHP – Beta.” We know the vCloud API is now version 1.5. The content is one release behind.
  • The events part still lists “VMworld 2011 Call for Papers is open.” The VMworld 2011 itself has long been past, let alone the CFP. It should at least list the VMware Partner Exchange that took place last week.
  • The featured videos part still features “What’s new in the vSphere 4.1 SDKs.” The latest vSphere 5.0 was released last summer. It should be what is new in the vSphere 5.0 SDKs. By listing the old content, it confuses new readers that 4.1 is the latest release.
  • Under the Learn Tab, the upcoming Coffee Talk Live Webinars still list a talk on vCloud API of May 26th, 2010. That is almost two years now. How is the Coffee Talk now? This is out of the content scope, but worths asking. I hope the talk can resume.
  • The books for learning somehow do not include my book VMware VI and vSphere SDK, which many believe is the most relevant for the VMware developers. Same for Alan Renouf and Luc Dekens’s VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference: Automating vSphere Administration. Also, Scott Lowe has published a new edition of his best-seller Mastering VMware vSphere 5. BTW, the first book link is somehow broken.
  • The community blogs do not include William Lam’s famous virtuallyghetto.com, which focuses on script development and has done a great job with his famous vGhetto scripts. No complaint for missing my blog because I got a highlight on the home page.
  • The Tech Exchange Tab, the layout doesn’t seem working well on my IE 9. The content is mostly outdated too.

I wish VMware invests more in the developer community site and keeps it up to date. It’s a great resource to empower developers and grow ecosystem.

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