Programming for Network Engineers (PRNE)

Course Description

PRNE - Programming for Network Engineers

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 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

Learning Objectives

  • 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


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:

  • Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA)


  1. Execute Your First Python Program
  2. Use the Python Interactive Shell
  3. Explore Foundation Python Data Types2
  4. Explore Complex Python Data Types
  5. Use Standard String Operations
  6. Use Basic Pattern Matching
  7. Reformat MAC Addresses
  8. Use the if-else Construct
  9. Use for Loops
  10. Use while Loops
  11. Create and Use Functions
  12. Create and Use Classes
  13. Use the Python main Construct
  14. Traverse the File Structure
  15. Read Data in Comma-Separated Values (CSV) Format
  16. Read, Store, and Retrieve Data in XML Format
  17. Read, Store, and Retrieve Date in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) Format
  18. Read, Store, and Retrieve Data in a Raw or Unstructured Format
  19. Import Modules from the Python Standard Library
  20.  Import External Libraries
  21. Create a Python Module
  22. Prompt the User for Input
  23. Use Command-Line Arguments
  24. Manage Exceptions with the try-except Structure
  25. Manage Exceptions with the try-except-finally Structure
  26. Use Assertions
  27. Use Simple Debugging Methods
  28. Use the Python Debugger
  29. Code a Practical Debugging Script

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Course Information

Length: 4 day

Format: Lecture and Lab

Delivery Method: n/a

Max. Capacity: 16


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Related Training

Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA)

Who Should Attend

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