This course will be 30% Theory and 70% hands on practical learning. The goal of the course is not to discuss the abstract concepts and terminology of Python. We will instead learn about specific logical constructs that exist in Python, that will enable us to programmatically begin automating networks and network elements.
As network engineers, we have to realize that our industry is changing; evolving. The days of strict command line configuration of networks and networking elements are coming to a close. We need to add programming as a functional skill set to our tool chest, however, we do not need to know everything a Python programming expert needs to know to develop and deploy code like in machine learning applications. The majority of us are just interested in what we need to know to manipulate network environments. To that end this course was developed to assist us by first focusing on how to configure traditional IOS devices with Python. These exercises have been designed to provide us with goal based, practical learning opportunities. However, we will quickly demonstrate how this is useful to learning the programmatic aspects of Python, but not very practical once it is applied at scale.
With this we will move into the application of Python in concert with many different Application Programmable Interfaces. We will explore NXOS, UCS and ACI APIs to name a few. We will be automating network functionality, and orchestrating operational tasks from day one of this course.
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It is necessary that students have CCNA Routing and Switching qualifications or the equivalent work experience. We will be using Python to push commands and syntax to devices, and the nature and structure of those command are outside the scope of this course. Regarding Python, some familiarity will be helpful but no actually knowledge of how to write python scripts will be necessary.
Detailed Class Syllabus
Python Foundations for Network Engineers
Writing and Troubleshooting Python Scripts
Network API’s and Protocols
Evolution of Network Programmability
Data Encoding Formats
Cisco NX-OS Programmability
NX-API CLI Part 1
Cisco ACI Programmability
Northbound and Southbound Layers
REST API Message Format
Cisco ACI APIC Object-Based Tree
Cisco ACI Cobra SDK (Python)
Cisco ACI toolkit
Cisco ACI Power Tool
Cisco APIC REST to Python Adapter