After VMware released the vSphere 5.1 on the night of September 10, I finally got a chance to look at the new vSphere API, including the API reference and more important to me the WSDL files.
I was relieved to find out that there weren’t many changes. No single managed object is added to the vSphere 5.1 API, meaning a lot less work than I thought for vijava API to support the latest vSphere 5.1.
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In about ten days, I am now happy to announce that the VI Java API 5.1 beta is ready for the community to try. Just pick up the code here. As before, there are two files: one with .zip extension contains vijava binary and dom4j; the other just source code and samples. Also, I created a standalone API reference. If you are like me who prefer simply things, you will like it.
Although there aren’t many changes, there are challenges – two new XSD types are added to the WSDL: double and base64Binary. I can see the value of the first one, but not much of the second one. Anyway, I’ve updated the Web Service engine to handle the double, but not yet the base64Binary which maps to byte when de-serialized from XML in other engine like XMLBean. But it would be troublesome for the other way (serializing to XML) as we have had byte already. As smart as computer, it cannot tell whether a byte should be really array of bytes or base64Binary.
We’ll probably have to come up with a new Java type for base64Binary. I need to think a bit more how to handle it nicely before it gets GA. The good news is that you probably won’t notice this issue if I didn’t hear it here, meaning it won’t affect you much as its scope is very limited. The data object that uses this type is only used in EntityBackupConfig object that are associated with DistributedVirtualSwitchManager.
Finally, I would like to thank EMC team, Mark Arakelian, Vijay Lathia, Venkateswara Karani, for contributing a test environment so that the code can be validated before being handed it over to the wide community.
BTW, to file a bug please use the link labelled “Bug” at project home. If you want your bugs reported fixed in GA, you want to file them as early as possible.