It’s been a year. What’s next?

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted to this blog. I have almost forgotten about it, until the bill showed up 🙂

I’m coming up on a year since I’ve achieved my CCIE and I started to reflect how has it changed my life.

After getting my CCIE I took a break from doing anything networking wise in my personal time. I took a lot of time to fix up things around the house, redid the kitchen, got back into woodworking, built the massive Millennium Falcon lego, basically anything that kept me away from a computer.

The CCIE journey really burnt me out and it took a lot of time to figure out what I wanted to learn next. A few months ago I got interested in Cisco DevNet. I’ve know about this for a long time, but programming never really interested me, I didn’t like it in college and couldn’t really see the use-cases. Until recently that changed when I started playing around with some of the API’s available in Meraki and Webex Teams and seeing some of the power of writing a python script and understanding the API interaction.

This new found interest has lead me down the DevNet Associate path and learn some more about python and how API’s can be used in networking. By no means does this mean I want to be a programmer, however I want a basic understanding of how scripts are made and how to pull them apart.

I have already attempted the DevNet exam once, more to see where I was at in my studying and see where my weak points were. What I found is how much more python I needed to learn. I’ve taken a step back, watch a lot more youtube videos, attended DevNet day and found some more resources to help out. In doing that I’ve also written a couple of scripts focusing on webex teams and just using simple GETs.

The code I have written is not pretty, but it’s functional and that’s all I’m aiming for. I’m sure as time goes on I’ll get better and understand how to write it in a more concise way.

I’ll try and post about this next journey, but at this point I’ve already done a lot of work and didn’t plan on posting about it

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