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Programming for Network Engineers (PRNE)

 

Course Overview

The Programming for Network Engineers (PRNE) v2.0 course is designed to equip you with fundamental skills in Python programming. Through a combination of lectures and lab experience in simulated network environments, you will learn to use Python basics to create useful and practical scripts with Netmiko to retrieve data and configure network devices. Upon completion of this course, you should have a basic understanding of Python, including the knowledge to create, apply, and troubleshoot simple network automation scripts.

This is a Cisco Learning Services course and is delivered directly by Cisco.

Who should attend

This course is intended for:

  • Network administrators
  • Network engineers with little or no programming or Python experience
  • Network managers
  • Systems engineers

Prerequisites

Before taking this course, you should have:

  • Familiarity with Cisco IOS®-XE software or other Cisco network device configuration and operation skills
  • Basic network management knowledge
  • Cisco CCNA® certification or equivalent knowledge

The following Cisco course may help you meet these prerequisites:

Course Objectives

This course will help you:

  • Explain the need for network engineers to learn how to program
  • Explain how programming relates to the journey into network automation and programmability
  • Create useful and practical scripts to retrieve data and configure network devices
  • Create, apply, and troubleshoot simple network automation scripts
  • Gain hands-on experience with Python programming

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Create a Python script
  • Describe data types commonly used in Python coding
  • Describe Python strings and their use cases
  • Describe Python loops, conditionals, operators, and their purposes and use cases
  • Describe Python classes, methods, functions, namespaces, and scopes
  • Describe the options for Python data manipulation and storage
  • Describe Python modules and packages, their uses, and their benefits
  • Explain how to manipulate user input in Python
  • Describe error and exception management in Python
  • Describe Python code debugging methods

Course Content

  • Introducing Programmability and Python for Network Engineers
  • Scripting with Python
  • Examining Python Data Types
  • Manipulating Strings
  • Describing Conditionals, Loops, and Operators
  • Exploring Classes, Methods, Functions, Namespaces, and Scopes
  • Exploring Data Storage Options
  • Exploring Python Modules and Packages
  • Gathering and Validating User Input
  • Analyzing Exceptions and Error Management
  • Examining Debugging Methods
  • Course Summary
Lab outline
  • Execute Your First Python Program
  • Use the Python Interactive Shell
  • Explore Foundation Python Data Types
  • Explore Complex Python Data Types
  • Use Standard String Operations
  • Use Basic Pattern Matching
  • Reformat MAC Addresses
  • Use the if-else Construct
  • Use for Loops
  • Use while Loops
  • Create and Use Functions
  • Create and Use Classes
  • Use the Python main() Construct
  • Traverse the File Structure
  • Read Data in Comma-Separated Values (CSV) Format
  • Read, Store, and Retrieve Data in XML Format
  • Read, Store, and Retrieve Date in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) Format
  • Read, Store, and Retrieve Data in a Raw or Unstructured Format
Online Training

Duration 4 days

Price (excl. tax)
  • US$ 3,600.—
Digital courseware

Courseware language: English

E-Learning Cisco Digital Learning

Duration 180 days

Price (excl. tax)
  • Germany: 500.— €
  • Switzerland: US$ 500.—
  • Cisco Learning Credits: 6 CLC
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Schedule

Guaranteed date:   The course is guaranteed to run regardless of the number of participants. This excludes unforeseeable events (e.g. accident, illness of the trainer) which make it impossible to carry out the course.
Instructor-led Online Training:   Course conducted online in a virtual classroom.
FLEX Classroom Training (hybrid course):   Course participation either on-site in the classroom or online from the workplace or from home.
English
Time zone: Central European Time (CET)   ±1 hour
Online Training Time zone: Central European Time (CET) Guaranteed date!
Online Training Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Online Training This is a FLEX course.
Time zone: British Summer Time (BST)
FLEX Classroom Training (hybrid course):   Course participation either on-site in the classroom or online from the workplace or from home.
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