This book, the Developer’s Setup Guide, provides information about setting up your development environment to use the VMware® vSphere Web Services SDK 5.0.
VMware provides several different APIs and SDKs for various applications and goals. This book provides information about using the vSphere Web Services SDK for developers who are interested in creating client applications for managing VMware® vSphere components available on VMware ESXi and VMware vCenter Server systems.
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Revision History
This guide is revised with each release of the product or when necessary. A revised version can contain minor or major changes. Revision History summarizes the significant changes in each version of this guide.
Revised release of the Developer’s Setup Guide for vSphere Web Services SDK 4.0. Server-certificate setup information is located in the reference section. Changed directory name for WSDLFILE environment variable.
Initial release of Developer’s Setup Guide for VMware Infrastructure SDK 2.5.
Intended Audience
This book is intended for anyone who wants to develop applications using the VMware vSphere Web Services SDK. vSphere Web Services SDK developers typically include software developers creating client applications using Java or C# (in the Microsoft .NET environment) targeting VMware vSphere.
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