November 30, 2022
Programmability and Automation Meetup: Net-textorial — Exploring Structured Network Data in a Terminal
In this session, presented by Dan Wade from NetCraftsmen, we covered net-textorial and how you can get started using it.
Many network engineers are used to the human-readable CLI output when interacting with a network device. However, that data is unstructured because it is not in a predefined format or data model that an application can consume programmatically. As you can guess, structured data is the opposite, with defined formats and data models that allow applications to consume the data programmatically.
The net-textorial project is a Python application built to help network engineers learn and visualize the differences between structured and unstructured data output from network devices while interacting with a place that feels like home to many network engineers, the terminal.