Network Automation Concepts

  • NETCONF: NETwork-CONFiguration-based API
    • uses XML
    • can be coupled to YANG
  • YANG: Yet Another Next Generation
    • is a data model based on XML constructs named XPath
    • is human readable, thus easier to interpret than XML.

NETCONF with YANG is a popular combination among network engineers.

However, NETCONF is network-centric while REST API is widely popular in the IT community.

Github: a popular public repository of sample codes. There is a saying among network engineers that says “steal with pride. Don’t reinvent the wheel”. So leverage Github codes and customize them to your needs.

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