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John McGovern
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Python for Network Engineers FAQs: Cost, Training, Value

Is it worth it for a network engineer to learn Python?

Python's versatility and extensive libraries make it a powerful tool for improving and simplifying tasks like network automation, configuration management, monitoring, and troubleshooting. Network engineers who know Python can reduce human error in their configs and implementations, plus they'll be ready to adapt to new network technologies. Advanced networks require deep automation and orchestration, and Python is the preferred language for providing it.

What exactly can a network engineer do with Python?

Network engineers don't necessarily need to know how to write code to do their jobs. Configuration management and device optimization doesn't tend to happen exclusively with Python. But it's safe to say that there's practically nothing you can do as a network engineer that can't be done faster, more efficiently, and with less repetition if it's done with Python. From provisioning, to ensuring consistent network states, to sending email alerts, knowing Python simply makes a network engineer more employable.

Is this Python for network engineers course associated with any certifications?

No, this course on Python isn't directly connected to any official certification. Generally speaking, languages like Python don't have an official governing body issuing certifications. There are edge cases – for example, Cisco's advanced certifications have one core exam and several elective exams to choose from. This course on writing Python code to automate network behavior could help with elective exams such as 300-435 ENAUTO which covers automation for Cisco Enterprise solutions.

Will Python skills for a network engineer ever expire or go out-of-date?

No, Python skills for a network engineer won't expire in the foreseeable future. Python is extremely versatile, and it has been widely adopted in the networking community. Specific libraries and frameworks will almost certainly evolve, but the fundamental Python programming skills, familiarity with automation, and problem-solving techniques you'll learn in this Python course are going to become only more valuable as networks become more complex and require greater degrees of orchestration.

How should you study Python for network engineers?

If you've ever tried to learn a programming language, you know that the best way to learn is with hands-on practice. This course spends time explaining Python scripts and syntax through short, easy-to-digest videos, but it provides you plenty of chances to practice what you're learning. The best way to study Python as a network engineer is in virtual sims and simulated environments where someone has set up a specific challenge and you can experiment safely with possible solutions.
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