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From Kelven Yang <>
Subject Re: VmWare SDK to vijava
Date Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:05:43 GMT
It is about the interface layer between CloudStack and VMware, Spring can
only help to what it can, ultimately, we need to refactor the interface
layer to take in vijava as one of its implementations.

We also need to consider of another situation, with the latest vSphere 5.1
API, although VMware claims to support all previous vSphere versions with
it, we actually found that this is not true. We may have to face the fact
that we will need to support two versions of vSphere APIs at run time
side-by-side. I'm leaning towards for us to to have some control in
generating the API stub for this(the direct WSDL way), if it is to vijava,
it depends on whether or not it has built-in side-by-side VMware API
support. and we will have more things to worry and test about it.


On 9/24/13 1:10 PM, "Frank Zhang" <> wrote:

>Agree. Given current CloudStack code base changing something to another
>thing is really not a good way.
>As Darren is working on modular spring, why not construct a new VMWare
>plugin separately using vijava?
>Then we can reduce the risk of surprising existing customer and switch to
>new module when it finally gets mature.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Kelven Yang []
>> Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 11:59 AM
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: VmWare SDK to vijava
>> We have commercial releases on top of existing code base and there are
>>lots of
>> testing efforts behind it, dramatic switch means $ cost, the major
>>concern for
>> me is not about how beautiful vijava is or how bad a direct wsdl
>> would be. it is about to get things move smoothly.
>> It looks like that we should have VMware layer on its own to have a
>> structure so that we can replace underlying binding easier, it should
>>solve the
>> balance between developer's motivation and carrying on the legacy with
>> minimal impacts to the rest of others.
>> Kelven
>> On 9/23/13 6:01 PM, "Hugo Trippaers" <> wrote:
>> >Heya,
>> >
>> >This biggest advantage i see in using vijava is that a lot of the
>> >functionality that we now have in the vmware-base project is already
>> >supplied with vijava.
>> >
>> >There is a lot of code that facilitates calling tasks and other stuff
>> >in our MO classes. These classes are available in vijava and could be
>> >used instead of our classes. Basically when using vijava correctly you
>> >hardly have to work with the ManagedObjectReferences anymore. For me
>> >this would be a big benefit as it makes programming against vmware a
>> >lot easier. We also have a lot of duplicate code currently in the
>> >vmware class and i wouldn't mind getting rid of it, which i think is
>> >easier with the vijava libraries.
>> >
>> >That said, the main driver is getting it into the main build so any
>> >other efforts towards that goal are ok with me.
>> >
>> >I would propose that somebody else puts up a branch with our own wdsl
>> >wrapper and we open a discussion thread when both branches are ready to
>> >see which we want to merge in master. Anybody who wants to pick that
>> >
>> >I'm stubbornly going to continue with converting to vijava, I put some
>> >effort into it and i want at least to see it running once ;-)  And the
>> >more i work with it the more i'm seeing to benefits of the library so i
>> >might be able to be more convincing in the end :-)
>> >
>> >Cheers,
>> >
>> >Hugo
>> >
>> >
>> >On Sep 24, 2013, at 2:18 AM, Kelven Yang <>
>> >
>> >> Prior to 5.1, VMware provides java binding in its SDK and this is
>> >> where CloudStack VMware integration began with. Starting from 5.1,
>> >> VMware no longer provides the java binding in binary form and
>> >> recommends its customers to generate directly from its WS WSDL.
>> >>
>> >> Since we are not sure if we can distribute VMware wsdl legally or
>> >>not,  therefore, we ended up to generate and distribute the java
>> >>binding in  binary form. If we can get this cleared in lebal, as
>> >>Darren pointed, we  can solve our non-dist issue easily in matter of
>> >>adding couple of lines in  maven.
>> >>
>> >> As of vijava, yes, I think it may add some value from developer's
>> >>point of  view, but on the other hand, I don't see immediate benefits
>> >>to having  another layer on top of VMware official WS API, vijava is
>> >>an open source  project for providing convenient java binding to
>> >>vmware WS API, maybe I'm  wrong, but I think VMware vSphere WS API is
>> >>the only official published  API from VMware, and the testing result
>> >>of the API is endorsed by VMware  as an commercial entity. So I see
>> >>more business value to stick with the  official WS API directly. If we
>> >>can clear the legal concern of  redistributing VMware wsdl. I would +1
>> >>to add a build step of generating  VMware java binding from wsdl.
>> >>
>> >> Kelven
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> On 9/23/13 12:40 AM, "Hugo Trippaers" <> wrote:
>> >>
>> >>> We have been having this discussion on moving vmware out of noredist
>> >>>since i joined the project. So no real need to rush this suddenly.
>> >>>Still
>> >>> it would be nice to get this in for the next release. The feature
>> >>>freeze  of 4.3 is october 31st for the 4.3 release. This change (or
>> >>>any sdk  change to vmware) should be considered an architecture
>> >>>change so it  should come in at the start of the new release cycle.
>> >>>
>> >>> So this is currently my main activity on CloudStack meaning i can
>> >>>work  pretty much dedicated on this. With a bit of luck i can have
>> >>>the changes  finished this week. Then it's up to the test results if
>> >>>we can make it  into the 4.3 release or the 4.4 release. Of course
>> >>>all pending a  successful merge vote.
>> >>>
>> >>> Cheers,
>> >>>
>> >>> Hugo
>> >>>
>> >>> On Sep 23, 2013, at 3:10 PM, Darren Shepherd
>> >>> <> wrote:
>> >>>
>> >>>> It's seems there could be some good merit to adopting vijava.  I
>> >>>> hate to belabor this point, but we could get vmware plugin out of
>> >>>> noredist real fast if we just generate bindings (I think)
>> >>>>
>> >>>> Do you know if legally we can add the vmware wsdl to git?  We
>> >>>>wouldn't  redistribute it in the binary builds.  If we could add
>> >>>>wsdl to git,  I could add a couple lines to the Pom and it will
>> >>>>generate the bindings  as part of the build.  Then vmware will be
>> >>>>fully redistributable and  there is no change to existing code. 
>> >>>>runtime everything should be  the same too.  We could make that
>> >>>>change real fast and then additionally  continue to look at vijava.
>> >>>>
>> >>>> Personal I want to get rid of noredist.  If somebody wants to
>> >>>>contribute code that depends on nonfree code, it seems that should
>> >>>>be in  a cloudstack-nonfree repo.
>> >>>>
>> >>>> Darren
>> >>>>
>> >>>>> On Sep 22, 2013, at 11:43 PM, Hugo Trippaers <>
>> >>>>>wrote:
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>>> On Sep 23, 2013, at 1:39 PM, Darren Shepherd
>> >>>>>> <> wrote:
>> >>>>>>
>> >>>>>> Yeah, I'll dig into it more.  I think I understand a bit
>> >>>>>>vmware  api is just a bunch of generics objects, so another
>> >>>>>>library on top to  create types on top of it helps.  So I'll
>> >>>>>>at it more.  In the end  I'm still going to probably have
>> >>>>>>reservations about 1) a custom  XML/soap framework 2) a third
>> >>>>>>party maintained later between us and  vmware (sorta like
>> >>>>>>libvirt-java always behind and incomplete with  native libvirt).
>> >>>>>>So it just depends on if the nicer api is worth the  risk
of the
>> >>>>>>other things.  I don't think vmwares api changes much, and
>> >>>>>>can always get to the generic objects so maybe my concerns
>> >>>>>>moot.
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>> Thanks, i could actually use a second pair of eyes if we want
>> >>>>>get  this into master. It would be nice to have a few people
>> >>>>>this. I  don't really share the concern on the XML/soap framework
>> >>>>>one is a good  or bad as the other usually, i've seen interesting
>> >>>>>things with the axes  framework as well. But thats besides the
>> >>>>>point for now. My main  objective now it to get vijava working
>> >>>>>as little changes as  possible. Later we can do some refactoring
>> >>>>>and see if vijava really  benefits us as much as i think/hope
>> >>>>>will do.
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>> Your second concern is one i share, we will have to see how
>> >>>>> Vmware doesn't really change its api that often and if it does
>> >>>>> are generally not the early adopters of new versions of libraries.
>> >>>>> So for now we should be ok.
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>> Hopefully we will get the vmware stuff in the redistributable
>> >>>>>build  which is the primary objective here. All benefits are
>> >>>>>to have for  future developments.
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>> Cheers,
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>> Hugo
>> >>>>>
>> >>>>>>
>> >>>>>> Darren
>> >>>>>>
>> >>>>>>> On Sep 22, 2013, at 10:14 PM, Hugo Trippaers <>
>> >>>>>>> wrote:
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>> On Sep 23, 2013, at 1:01 PM, Darren Shepherd
>> >>>>>>>> <> wrote:
>> >>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>> Oh, I thought the primary motivation was just to
get to fully
>> >>>>>>>>open  source  and out of noredist.  I don't know
enough about
>> >>>>>>>>VMware and vijava  so my  comments may be off base
(everything I
>> >>>>>>>>know about vmware client is  based  off about 2 hours
>> >>>>>>>>googling), but my gut reaction is that its  better
to  stick
>> >>>>>>>>with mainstream than use vijava.  I understand the
VMware  wsdl
>> >>>>>>>>is a  complicated and weird API.  But the fact that
you could
>> >>>>>>>>drop vijava  in real  quick and it mostly matches
the existing
>> >>>>>>>>illustrates that its not a  big  departure from from
the vmware
>> >>>>>>>>bindings so doesn't seem to make  consuming  it much
easier.  It
>> >>>>>>>>seems that vijava was better than vmware sdk
>> >>>>>>>>2.5
>> >>>>>>>> because you didn't need Apache Axis.  But vSphere
5.1 sdk is
>> >>>>>>>>based  off of  JAXWS and thus doesn't need axis anymore.
 If I'm
>> >>>>>>>>going to put my  trust in  something at runtime I'd
rather use
>> >>>>>>>>the sun/oracle jaxws or apache  CXF and  not some
>> >>>>>>>>xml/soap framework one guy wrote.
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>> The drop in real quick bit is just for starters. Some
of the
>> >>>>>>>enums  have changes names and instead of lists vijava
>> >>>>>>>arrays. Those  items are pretty quick to adapt. The real
>> >>>>>>>interesting things are in  the serviceInstance etc. That's
>> >>>>>>>there are some changes. A nice  example is on the vijava
>> >>>>>>>where 100 lines of "regular"
>> >>>>>>>vmware
>> >>>>>>> sdk is replaced by 20-something lines of vijava. I'd
say dig a
>> >>>>>>>bit  deeper and i could use the help with the conversion
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>> Additionally, if somebody wants to know how to do
>> >>>>>>>>with  VMware or  why something isn't working, I'd
rather point
>> >>>>>>>>them to the VMware SDK  documentation than vijava.
 I would
>> >>>>>>>>assume that there is going to  be more  information
about the
>> >>>>>>>>VMware library then there would be for vijava  on
>> >>>>>>>>and google in general.
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>> Google it, so far you are right, but java projects are
>> >>>>>>> Don't forget that vijava is sort of an official vmware
>> >>>>>>>It is  being maintained by one of their engineers and
>> >>>>>>>published in  the com.vmware namespace.
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>> Finally, I wouldn't consider us generating and checking
in the
>> >>>>>>>>JAXWS  bindings as being overhead in maintenance.
 The xapi
>> >>>>>>>>bindings are  not the  same thing.  VMware API is
first and
>> >>>>>>>>foremost a SOAP service.  The  java  bindings they
provide are
>> >>>>>>>>just a convenience in that they already  generated
 the client
>> >>>>>>>>stubs for you.  But if I was to consume any other
SOAP  service
>> >>>>>>>>in the world, I would be generating my client stubs
for it.  So
>> >>>>>>>>this is  just the normal approach you take to consume
>> >>>>>>>>webservice.
>> >>>>>>>> Typically you
>> >>>>>>>> generate the stubs as part of the build and never
check-in the
>> >>>>>>>>generated  code to git, but I don't think we can
check the
>> >>>>>>>>vmware wsdl into  git (if we  could, that would be
ideal).  But
>> >>>>>>>>basically, if I'm generating  stubs or I'm  using
a java jar,
>> >>>>>>>>its about the same overhead.  If the webservice 
moves  from
>> >>>>>>>>version X, I generate new stubs against version X
of the wsdl.
>> >>>>>>>> If the
>> >>>>>>>> jar changes to version X, I update the pom dependency
>> >>>>>>>>version X.
>> >>>>>>>> In
>> >>>>>>>> both cases, you still have to regression test for
>> >>>>>>>>compatibility, so  testing  effort trumps all other
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>> I would seriously consider that overhead in maintenance.
Now i
>> >>>>>>>don't  even have to worry about that besides 4 lines
>> >>>>>>>dependency in my  maven project.
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>> So I'd personally like it if we just generated the
>> >>>>>>>>ourself  and then  we can move VMware plugin out
of redist.  I
>> >>>>>>>>guess it would be  helpful if  you could illustrate
some of the
>> >>>>>>>>benefits of vijava.  I know you  wanted to  get it
working first
>> >>>>>>>>so we could test the merits of it, I'm just  having
a  hard time
>> >>>>>>>>seeing why we would even attempt it, if we can just
>> >>>>>>>>basically with what we have today, but make it all
open source
>> >>>>>>>>and  distributable.
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>> Stay tuned and follow the commits :-)
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>>> Darren
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>> Cheers,
>> >>>>>>>
>> >>>>>>> Hugo
>> >>>>>
>> >>>
>> >>
>> >

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