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Does network administration require the logical thinking that programming involves?

David Minutella offers his expert advice on whether network administration requires the logical thinking that programming involves, and if obtaining a Cisco certification would benefit a graduate of engineering.

Is it worth taking the Cisco certification path after completing engineering from a premier institution? Some say that network administration does not require the logical thinking that programming involves -- so would I be taking the wrong path if I pursued Cisco certification?

Actually, network administration does require some deal of logical thinking. That is not to say that the logic is quite different than programming, however, there is a logical flow of how networks function which ultimately is the base of understanding networking concepts and troubleshooting.

In addition, the Cisco command line interface also takes a logical and somewhat programmer logic in its syntax and configuration objectives that you might actually find appealing.

This was last published in January 2007

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