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New Book: Enterprise Java Applications Architecture on VMware

November 4th, 2011 5 comments

My former colleague Emad Benjamin at VMware has just published a new book on running Java on vSphere. When I was still there, I had the opportunity to review the Chapter 5 of his book.

As many of you know, Emad is a well-known expert on this subject who has spoken at various events like VMworld and helped numerous customers. You can buy his book at Amazon or from publisher directly. Remember to bring it to next year’s VMworld for his autograph.:-)

We Are Hiring

November 4th, 2011 No comments

I think it’s going to be the longest single post I have ever done because we have quite a few openings in our VCE team. We are building our software capability for what I called turnkey software stack for cloud computing on Vblock.

The following are just three openings we want to fill immediately: Sr. GUI Engineer, Sr. Build/Automation Engineer, and Sr. Software Development Manager (update: Principal Solutions Engineer). We also have more software engineer and QA positions whose descriptions are not listed here. If you are interested in any position, please feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@vce.com).

Maven Again

November 4th, 2011 3 comments

Because my new team at VCE uses Maven, I just picked it up again. Last time I used it was when I helped to port the CloudTools to vSphere for the CloudFoundry demo for VMworld 2009 keynotes. Because the project founder Chris Richardson had chosen Maven, I just followed his footsteps forward. After that, I didn’t use Maven.

Best Practices for Best Practices

November 2nd, 2011 No comments

Like many other industries, IT industry has all sort of best practices, from how to use a product to how to design software. I have personally contributed top 10 best practices on how to use VMware vSphere APIs (part 1, part 2).

Given the complexity of IT systems, it makes sense to capture the expert knowledge in the format of best practices. I think there are just too many of them and not all of them are of high qualities, thus I have a mixed feeling about best practices these days.

Learning Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud

October 29th, 2011 2 comments

Yesterday I went to Microsoft Azure DevCamp in its Silicon Valley office. Like other developer events organized by Microsoft, it featured awesome presentations with nice overviews and demos by top evangelists like James Conard, Wade Wegner, Nick Harris, etc.

As you’ve probably known, Microsoft has been betting heavily on cloud computing. Anyone who is interested in cloud computing simply cannot ignore its Windows Azure, which is a comprehensive platform for developing cloud applications. Note that, the focus is applications, not virtual machines as offered by Amazon and other IaaS providers.

The Future of VI Java API and How You can Help

October 26th, 2011 12 comments

Upon hearing about my leaving VMware, quite a few members in the community sent me emails or tweets asking about the future of the API. Most of them have built products or automation scripts using the API, therefore would like to see the continuous success of the open source project. I am sure there will be more inquiries coming without this post.

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My Next Adventure

October 20th, 2011 6 comments

After leaving VMware and taking a short break at home last week, I am excited to be part of VCE solution engineering team as an architect at its Santa Clara office. For those who are not familiar VCE, it’s a joint venture of EMC, Cisco, VMware and Intel. My formal title is consultant software engineer which, according to my recruiter, is the top engineer rank in the company.

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Moving on

October 7th, 2011 24 comments

Today is my last day at VMware.

Looking back, it’s been almost four and half years since I joined VMware in June 2007. At that time, VMware was still part of EMC, and two months later it went IPO (to be exact, spin off). Together with many of my colleagues I watched the historical moment for the company on a very early summer morning. I still remember there were quite a few sleeping tents inside the new offices.

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VI Java API 5.0 GA Released

October 2nd, 2011 4 comments

It’s been one plus month since I pushed out the beta code which has since been downloaded more than 700 times. As promised, I am happy to announce the GA of VI Java API 5.0 today. This is the fourth major release after 1.0, 2.0, and 2.1 which are all shipped on time. Predictability is important for commercial products, even so for open source projects like this. I think we’ve demonstrated it in the past three and half years since the first release in May 2008.

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One More Secret About Session Management in vSphere

September 27th, 2011 No comments

Session management is a very important part of vSphere management, especially when scalability is involved. I’ve blogged about this in my previous posts (1, 2). If you haven’t read them yet, it’s high time to do so.

In this article, I am going to share with you a new finding while helping a development team. By default, an idle session is terminated by vSphere server after 30 minutes. The team found that it’s not totally true. They use several types of sessions for different purposes. Two of the sessions remain live even after the 30 minute default while others are gone.

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Escaping Characters for SOAP XML: Late But Here

September 26th, 2011 No comments

It’s a known bug in VI Java API that it did not escape strings to be included within a XML tag. The potential risk, although very very rare, is that it can blow the de-serialization of a request on the server side. I did get one or two reports on failing on login, which turned out to be caused by special characters like < or > in passwords. As a quick fix, an escaping logic has been added to escape the special characters in passwords.

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Diversified Devices Plus Cloud Data: Future of Client Computing

September 21st, 2011 No comments

In my previous articles, I mainly cover server virtualization and cloud computing. Client computing, although less enterprise focused, is also a very important part of whole story. In this article, I am going to share some thoughts on this topic, mostly about the future development of how users will use computers and what it takes to get there. I know it’s a big topic, but let’s give a try.

Missing ArrayOfDatastoreEventArgument

September 19th, 2011 3 comments

After the vSphere Java API 5.0 beta was released, I got a very interesting bug that I think is worthwhile to share with the community. Note that I used the word “interesting.” It turned out to have no solution logically, but quite easy to work around and patch up. The workaround addresses only particular issue but does not prevent similar bugs from happening in the future.

Confused? Let’s take a quick look at the bug report:

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VMware Released vFabric 5

September 15th, 2011 2 comments

As a developer, I’m always interested in latest development of middleware platforms. Yesterday came a big news from VMware: the vFabric 5 Cloud Application Platform reached GA. For those who might not be familiar with vFabric, it is an integrated suite of middleware for deploying and managing applications.

Note that despite the version number, this is the first release of the vFabric platform. I guess the version 5 may be just for aligning with vSphere 5. Also, this is a suite of products that have been there for a while.

VIX Implementation in vSphere Java API

September 12th, 2011 No comments

Among all the new features vSphere API exposes, I think VIX integration is very important. All of sudden, the vSphere API gets a boost on manageability of guest OS, and you can do many more with single set of APIs.

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AppBlast: RDP Client in a Browser?

September 8th, 2011 No comments

In his keynote at VMworld last week, VMware CTO Steve Herrod showed a very interesting project called AppBlast. According to this news release thereafter, “Project AppBlast will provide the universal delivery of any application, including Windows-based applications, to any device supporting HTML5, enabling instant remote access to applications without the heavy footprint of the underlying operating system.”

Fixed a Bug in Client REST API

September 6th, 2011 No comments

As reported by the open source VI Java API community, a bug came to my attention. It’s related to the Client REST API which is a powerful hack with vSphere MOB based on a little secret. Started in vSphere 4.1 update 1, things started to break if you want to call a method with the REST API while retrieving properties continues to work.

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VMworld 2011 Las Vegas: Day Two

August 30th, 2011 No comments

Today is day two of VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas. VMware CTO Steve Herrod got on stage with his technology deep dives into various products and new projects around the cloud story – “your cloud, own it.” Again this is based on my note and memory, and has not reviewed by anyone. Mistakes are all mine.

VMworld 2011 Las Vegas: Day One

August 29th, 2011 No comments

Today is day one of VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas. The most important part is of course the keynotes by CEO Paul Maritz and Co-President Carl Eschenbach. The following is based on my personal note and has not reviewed by anyone. All the mistakes and errors are mine and only mine.

Simplified vSphere 5.0 API Reference Online

August 27th, 2011 3 comments

After the vSphere 5.0 was released, I checked the vSphere Web Services SDK documentation page. Upon clicking the vSphere API Reference link, I got into the vSphere 5.0 Documentation Center as follows:

It’s a bit surprise to me. First of all, I like the integrated approach where you can find all the information related to vSphere 5.0: from user manual to SDK/CLIs, and even links to communities/blogs. Also, you have nice features like bookmark, search and printing, etc.