In one of my earlier posts, I parse IP parameters from an existing Cisco IOS configuration using ciscoconfparse. In this post, I'll like to provide some basic patterns how to parse (almost any) information from a running configuration, but first without using any library. I just take a look at the python standard library and regular expressions (RegEx).
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.