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Open Source Network Administration by James Kretchmar

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Chapter 10. Custom Tools

Although many tools are available to aid in the tasks of network administration, there will often be some task for which you need a tool that does not yet exist. In this situation, you can either find a way to live without the tool, pay someone to make it for you, or create the tool yourself.

Most of the tools described in this book are relatively complicated and take a large effort to create. They require a mastery of the language the tool is written in, the ability to design and implement a large project, and experience with network programming. However, you can write a great number of simple tools using languages that were designed for just such a purpose. This chapter presents a brief introduction to two such scripting ...

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