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:

  • Why use Python? What’s possible? Python versus other languages …
  • Setting up your Python development environment (IDE, Jupyter notebook)
  • 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

Day 2: Further Python essentials

Day 2 introduces further important concepts and tools for making the most of Python.

  • Further important data types: sets and collections
  • Classes and objects
  • Modules and packages
  • Raising and handling exceptions
  • Tour of the amazing standard library:
    • Parsing log files with regular expressions
    • Handling dates and times
    • Working with IP addresses, file paths, command-line script arguments
    • Logging
    • Cryptographic hashing of file contents (SHA256, SHA1, MD5, ...)
    • Compressing and uncompressing data

Day 3: Real-world programming in Python

Day 3 introduces how to create web APIs and the basics of creating web interfaces using Python. It also shows some “best practices” of software development using Python.

  • Review of consuming web APIs with the requests package
  • Creating web APIs with Flask
  • Templating with Jinja2; creating web-based reporting interfaces
  • 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 a complete Python environment based on VirtualBox. This saves time in the course and allows us to focus on using Python rather than installing it. The USB stick also contains kitchen-sink Python installers for multiple platforms, 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.

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Introduction to Python:
30 Jul – 31 Jul 2018

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Python for Programmers:
30 Jul – 01 Aug 2018

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Python for Finance:
20 Aug – 22 Aug 2018

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Introduction to Python:
20 Aug – 21 Aug 2018

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