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DevNet Associate Challenge

You’ve probably heard how a network engineer should learn how to code because the job is changing. Our network will be driven by APIs. The role is changing.

It’s not going to be overnight. The role of a network engineer will always be important. The same goes for a wireless network engineer. 

But we can see where learning how to code can bring many benefits, efficiencies, and advantages to our day-to-day. 

At Cisco Live 2019, the Cisco DevNet certifications were announced. It’s centered around the programmability of the network. 

Rowell has challenged himself to learn Python and the objectives of the DevNet Associate. The goal is to take the DevNet Associate exam and pass it in February 2020.

Here are the exam topics if you’re interested:

Must I learn how to code? Yes, no and maybe so. Not every job or role needs to learn how to code.

List all the actions you do and see if you could automate some of it. If an action is listed at least twice, you could save some time automating it.

But why the DevNet Associate?

  • To learn Python
  • Apply it to networking
  • Leverage it with Wi-Fi
  • Automate installations
  • Automate troubleshooting
  • Manage network devices efficiently
  • and more…

How can a wireless expert apply it to their day-to-day

  • Change the way we do surveys
  • Deploy faster
  • Eliminate errors
  • Make the network smarter
  • Troubleshoot faster
  • Scale
  • Automate
  • Integrate into other applications
    • Slack
    • Ekahau
    • WebEx Teams

Other resources to learn Python

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Rowell, CWNE #210, is a network engineer in Higher-Ed. He enjoys working with wireless networking technologies and loves to share and engage with the community. You can connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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