From APIs and interfaces

Cisco NX-API on Nexus 5500

This week I will dive more into a network programmability topic. I will show you a practical use case for the Cisco NX-API. It provides an interface to communicate with a Nexus device using HTTP/HTTPs using JSON or XML. Because of the reliable request-response nature of the HTTP protocol, it is usually more preferable than scraping Telnet/SSH outputs.

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REST API: A practical introduction

The goal of this post is to give you a practical introduction to HTTP based REST APIs, or RESTful APIs. Many applications in the (networking) world are providing APIs based on a REST architecture. I think you should have at least an basic understanding what it is, how to interact with it and why it can be helpful for you.

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