- Paperback: 584 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (March 3, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781491931257
- ISBN-13: 978-1491931257
- ASIN: 1491931256
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Who Should Read This Book
The goal of the book is to equip readers with foundational knowledge and a set of baseline skills in the areas of network programmability and automation. We believe that members of several different IT disciplines will benefit from reading this book.
Given the focus on network programmability and automation, it's natural that one audience for this book is the "traditional" network engineer, someone who is reasonably fluent in network protocols, configuring network devices, and operating and managing a network. We believe this book will enable today's network engineers to be more efficient and more productive through automation and programmability.
Prerequisites: Network engineers interested in learning more about network programmability and automation don't need any previous knowledge in software development, programming, automation, or DevOps-related tools. The only prerequisite is an open mind and a willingness to learn about new technologies and how they will affect you-the networking professional-and the greater networking industry as a whole.
Systems administrators, who are primarily responsible for managing the systems that connect to the network, may already have previous experience with some of the tools that are discussed in this book (notably, Linux, source code control, and configuration management systems). This book, then, could serve as a mechanism to help them expand their knowledge and understanding of such tools by presenting them in a different context (for example, using Ansible to configure a network switch as opposed to using Ansible to configure a server running a distribution of Linux).
Prerequisites: What this book doesn't provide is any coverage or explanation of core networking protocols or concepts. However, as a result of managing network-connected systems, we anticipate that many systems administrators also have a basic knowledge of core networking protocols. So most experienced systems administrators should be fine. If you're a bit weak on your networking knowledge, we'd recommend supplementing this book with a book that focuses on core networking concepts and ideas. For example, 'Packet Guide to Core Network Protocols' (O'Reilly) may be a good choice.
Software developers may also benefit from reading this book. Many developers will have prior experience with some of the programming languages and developer tools discussed in this book (such as Python and/or Git). Like systems administrators, developers may find it useful to see developer tools and languages used in a networking-centric context (for example, seeing how Python could be used to retrieve and store networking-specific data).
Prerequisites: We do assume that readers have a basic understanding of core network protocols and concepts, and all the examples we provide are networking-centric examples. As with systems administrators, software developers who are new to networking will probably find it necessary to supplement the material in this book with a book that focuses on core networking concepts.
How This Book Is Organized
This book isn't necessarily intended to be read from start to end; instead, we've broken the topics up so that you can easily find the topics in which you're most interested. You may find it useful to start out sequentially reading the first three chapters, as they provide background information and set the stage for the rest of the book. From there, you're welcome to jump to whatever topic or topics are most useful or interesting to you. We've tried to keep the chapters relatively standalone, but-as with any technology-that's not always possible. Wherever we can, we provide crossreferences to help you find the information you need.
About the Author
Jason Edelman, CCIE 15394 & VCDX-NV 167, is a born and bred network engineer from the great state of New Jersey. He was the typical “lover of the CLI” or “router jockey.” At some point several years ago, he made the decision to focus more on software, development practices, and how they are converging with network engineering. Jason currently runs a boutique consulting firm, Network to Code, helping vendors and end users take advantage of new tools and technologies to reduce their operational inefficiencies. Jason has a Bachelor’s of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in NJ and still resides locally in the NYC Metro Area. Jason also writes regularly on his personal blog at jedelman.com and can be found on Twitter at @jedelman8.
Scott Lowe is an engineering architect at VMware, Inc. He currently focuses on cloud computing and network virtualization after having spent a number of years specializing in compute virtualization. Scott has authored a number of technical books on vSphere and OpenStack, and shares technical content regularly on his blog at http://blog.scottlowe.org. He lives in Denver, CO, with his wife and the two youngest of their seven kids.
Matt Oswalt is a Network Software Developer, working on the technical and non-technical challenges at the intersection of software development and network infrastructure. He is at his happiest in front of a keyboard, next to a brewing kettle, or wielding his silo-smashing sledgehammer. He publishes his work in this area and more at keepingitclassless.net, and on Twitter as @Mierdin.
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What I'd recommend, before diving too heavily in to this book is to actually write a simple python program. Then when you go in to that chapter, it's like a lightning round. Also, if you've had very little or no Linux experience, please install it on something and play around. Follow along with the Linux chapter and solidify what he's teaching. After the Python chapter (#4), I would think you're most likely learning something new, requiring a bit of knowledge from the first 4 chapters.