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Hands-On Enterprise Automation with Python

By : Bassem Aly
Book Image

Hands-On Enterprise Automation with Python

By: Bassem Aly

Overview of this book

Hands-On Enterprise Automation with Python starts by covering the set up of a Python environment to perform automation tasks, as well as the modules, libraries, and tools you will be using. We’ll explore examples of network automation tasks using simple Python programs and Ansible. Next, we will walk you through automating administration tasks with Python Fabric, where you will learn to perform server configuration and administration, along with system administration tasks such as user management, database management, and process management. As you progress through this book, you’ll automate several testing services with Python scripts and perform automation tasks on virtual machines and cloud infrastructure with Python. In the concluding chapters, you will cover Python-based offensive security tools and learn how to automate your security tasks. By the end of this book, you will have mastered the skills of automating several system administration tasks with Python.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)

Understanding RESTful web services

Representational State Transfer (REST) depends on HTTP protocol to transfer messages between the client and server. HTTP was originally designed to deliver HTML pages from web servers (servers) to browsers (clients), when requested. The pages represent a set of resources that the user wants to access, and are requested by Universal Resource Identifiers (URIs).

An HTTP request typically contains a method that indicates the type of operation that needs to be executed on the resource. For example, when visiting a website from your browser, you can see (in the following screenshot) that the method is GET:

The following are the most common HTTP methods, and their usage:

HTTP Method



The client will ask the server to retrieve the resource.


The client will instruct the server to create a new resource.