Web Client SDK FAQ

 

1. The vSphere Web Client SDK contains flex-client-sdk and html-client-sdk, which one should I use?

We encourage you to use the html-client-sdk for future development of HTML plug-ins. Plug-ins build with html-client-sdk are compatible with both vSphere Client (HTML) 6.5 and vSphere Web Client (Flex) 6.5. The flex-client-sdk is provided for support of already existing Flex plug-ins

2. What is the difference between HTML Bridge which is available in vSphere Web Client SDK 5.5.x – 6.0.x and vSphere Client SDK?

Differences are only in terms of packaging, tools and documentation. There are no new APIs. vSphere Client SDK reuses same JavaScript APIs that HTML Bridge provided. This ensures compatibility with vSphere Web Client 6.0 and 6.5 and smooth transition for existing HTML Bridge plug-ins to the HTML-based vSphere Client.

3. Are there new APIs in vSphere Client SDK 6.5?

No. vSphere Client SDK 6.5 contains only APIs that are supported on both vSphere Web Client 6.5 and the HTML-based vSphere Client 6.5.

4. Is it possible to build a plug-in that can be deployed only on HTML-based vSphere Client 6.5?

Yes. For more details refer to the official vSphere Web Client SDK Documentation.

5. I have an existing HTML Bridge plug-in. Are there any changes that I should do in order for the existing HTML Bridge plug-in to be deployed on both vSphere Web Client 6.5 and the HTML-based vSphere Client 6.5?

Yes. For more details refer to the official vSphere Web Client SDK Documentation.

6. Can I deploy an existing Flex-based plug-in on the HTML-based vSphere Client 6.5?

No. The HTML-based vSphere Client 6.5 cannot display any Flex content. You need to migrate the Flex content to HTML / JavaScript using the vSphere Client SDK6.5.

7. Is it possible to mix HTML and Flex views in the same plug-in?

Yes. You can have a hybrid plug-in which uses both Flex and HTML views. For more details, refer to the sphere-wssdk-html sample.

8.  Is it possible to have a Summary portlet working on both vSphere Web Client and HTML-based vSphere Client?

Yes, you can use the vSphere Web Client SDK 6.5 to create two versions of the same portlet: HTML version for the HTML-based vSphere Client 6.5 and Flex version for the vSphere Web Client 6.5.

9. What documentation is currently available?

The vSphere Web Client SDK Documentation and SDK inline docs available for download from the VMware Developer Center: /web/sdk/65/web-client. These documents will enable developers to write HTML plug-ins compatible with the HTML-based vSphere Client 6.5 and vSphere Web Client 6.5.

 

1.What is the difference between HTML Bridge which is available in vSphere Web Client SDK 5.5.x – 6.0.x and vSphere Client SDK
Differences are only in terms of packaging, tools and documentation. There are no new APIs. vSphere Client Development Kit reuses same JavaScript APIs that HTML Bridge provided. This ensures compatibility with vSphere Web Client 6.0 and 6.5 and smooth transition for existing HTML Bridge plug-ins to the HTML-based vSphere Client.
2.Are there new APIs in vSphere Client SDK 6.5?
No. vSphere Client Development Kit 6.5 contains only APIs that are supported on both vSphere Web Client 6.5 and the HTML-based vSphere Client 6.5.
3.Is it possible to build a plug-in that can be deployed only on HTML-based vSphere Client 6.5?
Yes. For more details refer to the official vSphere Web Client SDK Documentation.
4.I have an existing HTML Bridge plug-in. Are there any changes that I should do in order for the existing HTML Bridge plug-in to be deployed on both vSphere Web Client 6.5 and the HTML-based vSphere Client 6.5?
Yes. For more details refer to the official vSphere Web Client SDK Documentation.
5.Can I deploy an existing Flex-based plug-in on the HTML-based vSphere Client 6.5?
No. The HTML-based vSphere Client 6.5 cannot display any Flex content. You need to migrate the Flex content to HTML / JavaScript using the vSphere Client SDK6.5.
6.Is it possible to mix HTML and Flex views in the same plug-in?
Yes. You can have a hybrid plug-in which uses both Flex and HTML views. For more details, refer to the sphere-wssdk-html sample.
7.Is it possible to have a Summary portlet working on both vSphere Web Client and HTML-based vSphere Client?
Yes, you can use the vSphere Web Client SDK 6.5 to create two versions of the same portlet: HTML version for the HTML-based vSphere Client 6.5 and Flex version for the vSphere Web Client 6.5.
8.What documentation is currently available?
The vSphere Web Client SDK Documentation and SDK inline docs available for download from the VMware Developer Center: /web/sdk/65/web-client. These documents will enable developers to write HTML plug-ins compatible with the HTML-based vSphere Client 6.5 and vSphere Web Client 6.5.