Book Review: VMware VI and vSphere SDK by Steve Jin

SteveJinWhen this book arrived I thought yes, now I can actually learn something about the Java SDK for VMware, but my initial enthusiasm was dampened,  this is not an easy read.  that is not to say it is a bad book.  it is very high level.  Steve Knows his subject and so he should he was the one who actually wrote the API for VMware.

Now firstly lets get something straight here, I AM NOT A CODER, or a SCRIPT JOCKEY.  the concepts outlined in this book would come as second nature to one of that ilk, and I should have been warned by the prerequisites which actually stated

BASIC JAVA PROGRAMMING SKILLS. I have problems with “Hello World”, so onwards and upwards, and Neitchse says “that which does not kill us only serves to make us stonger”

The book takes a pragmatic approach to showing how to program or script with the VI SDK’s.  It does not spend reams of pages explaining the minute intracies of the language. No Steve just gets on with it with well considered samples and then explains it all in clear and concise English.  This to me seemed to work very well.  Even I started to understand what was going on 😀

That said, the moral of the story is to persevere, and by the end of it I was feeling comfortable with the subject and this is more to Steve’s approach to the subject than any innate skills on my part.  Steve knowledge and understanding is obvious.  To sum up,  this book is quite a difficult read for those that have no skill in this area but it is well worth the effort.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: VMware VI and vSphere SDK by Steve Jin”

  1. Hi Tom,

    Thanks for your review! I understand it’s a bit hard to read all the chapters given no programming/scripting skills. The first two chapters do not require much Java skills, but OO concept (still programming, isn’t it? 🙂 ).

    The book is really targeted developers/architects who build applications, and administrators who want to automate vSphere. Although most of the samples are in Java, they are also helpful to write code in other languages like C#. Today a C# developer emailed me that the samples helped him to write his C# easily.

    We have a pretty active community. Please feel free to post any questions at http://vijava.sf.net.

    -Steve

    1. I agree it is a little bit of a difficult read, if you are not a developer, I also think that the infrastructure architects will find it a little bit of a hard read 😉 we only do boxes and lines you know LOL.

      That said, it is a very well written book,

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