Python Training

Python for Network & Systems Engineering

This is a course for network engineers and systems engineers who are interested in learning Python for network automation, security, testing, and SDN.


Some familiarity with programming concepts (in any language) is assumed.

Expected Outcomes

By the end of the course, you will have all the knowledge you need to write and interact with Python code for a variety of purposes, with a particular focus on string manipulation and interacting with APIs. You will understand the elegance and power of Python and have had experience using several important modules in the Python standard library, including for regular expression matching, working with IP addresses, and interacting with log files. You will also have learned about consuming and creating web APIs and learned about some best practices in Python for testing, debugging, and maintainability.

Course Syllabus

Day 1: Python basics

Day 1 covers how to use Python for general programming tasks, including tips and tricks for making this easy. The syllabus is as follows:

  • Setting up your Python development environment (IDE, Jupyter notebook)
  • Packages and modules
  • Python syntax and concepts: an introduction through examples
  • Functions and their arguments
  • Essential data types, tips and tricks: strings, tuples, lists
  • String methods; input and output of text data (including CSV files)
  • Dictionaries and their applications
  • Worked example: consuming web APIs
  • Raising and handling exceptions

Day 2: Handling, Analysing, and Presenting Data in Python

Day 2 will introduce further important concepts and tools for making the most of Python. In particular, it will give you a comprehensive introduction to reading and writing the most important data formats; slicing, dicing and analysing data in powerful ways, and exploratory data visualisation.

  • Further important data types: namedtuples and sets
  • Classes and objects
  • Reading and writing essential data formats: JSON, CSV, Excel, SQL
  • Indexing and filtering data in Pandas
  • Data fusion: joining & merging datasets
  • Summarisation with “group by” operations; pivot tables; hierarchical indices; reshaping data
  • Handling dates, times, and time-series
  • Interactive visualisation and data exploration with Altair

Day 3: Real-world programming in Python

Day 3 gives you a tour of the amazing standard library and important 3rd-party tools for consuming and creating web APIs and automating various systems-level tasks with Python. It also shows some “best practices” of Python development:

  • Parsing log files with regular expressions
  • Accessing web APIs in more depth
  • Intro to creating web APIs with Flask
  • Templating with Jinja2; automatically creatingn config files (e.g. YAML)
  • Network automation via SSH with Fabric
  • Python developer tools and debugging tools
  • Best practices; tips and tricks

Supplemental materials

We will supply you with printed course notes and a USB stick containing electronic versions of the course notes as Jupyter notebooks, solutions to the programming exercises, several written tutorials, and reference documentation on Python and the third-party packages covered in the course.

Other information

Personal help:
Your trainer(s) will be available after the course each day for you to ask any one-on-one questions you like — whether about the course material and exercises or about specific problems you face in your work and how to use Python to solve them.
Food and drink:
We will provide lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and drinks.
The course will run from 9:00 to roughly 17:00 each day, with a breaks of an hour for lunch and 15 minutes each for morning and afternoon tea.

An internet-connected computer will be provided for you for the training.

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