The refguide has bits of code in it. The code does 'new HTable' to get a table instance. Rather, it should be promoting the new style where we get a Connection and then do a getTable on it. Ditto for references to 'new HBaseAdmin'. See ConnectionFactory for new style. See also package-info.java in Client for updated example.
Misty, if you are game for this one, I can help w/ how it should look.