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Year Anniversary for Microsoft’s ‘Quantum Katas’ Programming Exercises

By IQT News posted 22 Aug 2019

(MicrosoftCloudBlogs) The Quantum Katas—an open-source project containing programming exercises aimed at teaching quantum computing a year ago-was introduced about a year ago.
The initiative began with four katas that covered the most introductory topics of quantum computing, such as superposition and measurement. Since then, 13 new katas were written, more than half of them contributed by the Microsoft community: students learning quantum computing and just quantum computing enthusiasts. The new katas cover a range of topics, from simple algorithms like teleportation and superdense coding to more advanced applications like solving constraint satisfaction problems using Grover’s search algorithm.
Kata Notebooks are another important addition to the project: they are the same tasks, presented as Q# Jupyter Notebooks. They can be solved online, without having to install the Quantum Development Kit on your machine.
Q# Jupyter Notebooks enable a whole world of new possibilities for helping everybody learn quantum computing. These include tutorials that explain a topic using a mix of theory, visualizations, Q# code samples or small demos and programming exercises.
Check out the full list of the Microsoft katas here.
Note: A quick review of the dictionary shows “A kata is a system of individual training exercises for practitioners of karate and other martial arts”.

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