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Mastering Python Scripting for System Administrators

By : Ganesh Sanjiv Naik
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Mastering Python Scripting for System Administrators

By: Ganesh Sanjiv Naik

Overview of this book

Python has evolved over time and extended its features in relation to every possible IT operation. Python is simple to learn, yet has powerful libraries that can be used to build powerful Python scripts for solving real-world problems and automating administrators' routine activities. The objective of this book is to walk through a series of projects that will teach readers Python scripting with each project. This book will initially cover Python installation and quickly revise basic to advanced programming fundamentals. The book will then focus on the development process as a whole, from setup to planning to building different tools. It will include IT administrators' routine activities (text processing, regular expressions, file archiving, and encryption), network administration (socket programming, email handling, the remote controlling of devices using telnet/ssh, and protocols such as SNMP/DHCP), building graphical user interface, working with websites (Apache log file processing, SOAP and REST APIs communication, and web scraping), and database administration (MySQL and similar database data administration, data analytics, and reporting). By the end of this book, you will be able to use the latest features of Python and be able to build powerful tools that will solve challenging, real-world tasks
Table of Contents (21 chapters)

Comparing data

Here, we are going to learn about how to compare data in Python. We will use a pandas module for this purpose.

Pandas is an open source data analysis library that provides data structures and data analysis tools that are easy to use. It makes importing and analyzing data easier.

Before starting with the example, make sure you have pandas installed on your system. You can install pandas as follows:

pip3 install pandas     --- For Python3


pip install pandas --- For python2

We will study an example of comparing data using pandas. Initially, we will create two csv files: student1.csv and student2.csv. We will compare the data of these two csv files and in output it should return the comparison. Create two csv files as follows:

Create the student1.csv file content as follows:

101,John,Male,20,New York