Lessons are the quintessential curriculum resource. When Syringe starts, it looks for lesson definitions within the configured curriculum directory, loads them into memory, and serves them directly via its API.

Lessons are primarily defined using a lesson.meta.yaml file. This is written in YAML, and contains a series of fields for making a lesson work.

If you're feeling overwhelmed, don't worry. This file can be broken up into sections, and we'll do this to explain it, piece by piece. For now, let's just focus on the top portion:


# A human-readable title for your lesson
lessonName: Network Unit Testing with JSNAPY

lessonSlug: unit-testing-jsnapy
category: tools
lessonDiagram: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/nre-learning/nrelabs-curriculum/v0.3.2/lessons/lesson-12/lessondiagram.png
tier: prod
  - 14  # YAML
  - 23  # Linux
description: Unit testing your network devices is one of the fundamental building blocks to CI/CD for networking. In this lesson, we'll explore the use of an open source tool - JSNAPy - for doing just this with Junos devices.
slug: JSNAPy
- jsnapy
- test
- unit test
- testing
collection: 1

Some of these fields are required, some aren't. Some have a length requirement, and others don't. For guidance here, you should definitely get up to speed with the syrctl tool. That tool has a validation function you can run on a curriculum, and it will let you know if anything needs fixed.

  • lessonName The human-readable name for a lesson. Kind of like a blog post title.

  • lessonSlug A unique ID for this lesson. You can assign this yourself, as long as it's unique in this curriculum.

  • category The category for this lesson - supported options are "fundamentals", "tools", and "workflows"

  • lessonDiagram An internet-accessible URL to an image to use as a diagram for this lesson

  • tier The environment this lesson is meant to run in. Options are "local", "ptr", and "prod"

  • prereqs A list of lesson IDs that a learner should go to first, to prepare for this lesson properly.

  • description A slightly more long-form explanation of what's included in this lesson

  • slug Ideally, a very short (1-3 words) summary of this lesson. Used for searching.

  • tags A list of keywords that are included in this lesson. Used for searching.

The remaining sections are explained in separate documents:

  • The endpoints section is explained in endpoints.

  • The connections section is explained in connections.

  • The stages section is explained in stages.

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