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Pondering Automation: Creating a List and Checking it Twice?

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Howdy out there in Automation Land! I hope the summer finds you well and you are resting/relaxing and getting out on vacation. Re-charging during the summer and spending time with friends and family is vital! Personally I took a few trips that took me all over the South Eastern United States. Now things have settled down and I can get back to writing and video making. Today we start a two part series on a class/target type I developed. In knowing the CPO has tables but does not have true "lists" or "arrays" I decided to build a list class. Although much of it can be done without the class, it is about teaching service orientated orchestration and being somewhat academic.


Hopefully this video can give you some insight into service oriented orchestration and more around the target type setup. While I have already done the code for it, I plan to walk and talk you through it. It is open source and you are welcome to take it and play/use it,etc. I would not recommend using it for production yet without some more testing. This is my first release of it. It does require the automation function toolkit that I have published. I will include both links below. At the end, I would suggest you give it a watch and see if it sparks any programming interest in you or gives you further ideas. I am also looking for some automation experts to come on future blogs with me and be guests. I've had one before and would love to share more automation stories with the readers. Please email me directly if you are interested!


Links you need...


Automation Function Toolkit:


List Class:







Shaun's Monthly Q/A


No questions this month! Hopefully we'll get some in to answer for next time!



Every month I will pick a handful of questions from you, the reading CPO public, to answer in this part of the blog. Please post comments/questions below. I will no longer be using the external e-mail from previous blogs.


Please also let me know if you like the format of this blog and what else you would like to see/know about. Feel free to give any ideas as to future blog posts, etc and I will be happy to post them. I hope to  do more how-tos, best practices, tips, tricks, and hopefully some interviews of the important people behind the scenes of CPO.



AUTOMATION BLOG DISCLAIMER: As always, this is a blog and my (Shaun Roberts) thoughts on CPO and automation, my thoughts on best practices, and my experiences with the product and customers. The above views are in no way representative of Cisco or any of it's partners, etc. None of these views, etc are supported and this is not a place to find standard product support. If you need standard product support  please do so via the current call in numbers on or email



Thanks to all for reading and happy automating!



-Shaun Roberts




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