Four steps to expanding your AI skills with Python and Microsoft Learn
Published Jul 11 2024 09:00 AM 6,288 Views

Python is not just a programming language—it’s also a gateway to the vast and exciting world of AI for beginners and experts alike. Known for its wide range of applications and versatility, Python is an essential tool for anyone looking to dive into the cutting-edge field of AI. Plus, the readability and simplicity of Python make it a popular choice for learners starting their AI programming journey.


As a Microsoft Learn expert, I’ve created this four-step guide to mastering Python using Microsoft Learn, where you’ll find comprehensive resources and step-by-step explanations to help you understand the complexities of the language and its applications in AI. By highlighting the unique benefits that Python offers to AI learners at all levels, this guide aims to equip you with the skills you need to achieve outstanding results in your AI coding journey.


  1. Starting with the foundation: Comprehensive basics 




Your journey to learn Python for AI begins with the basics. Microsoft Learn learning paths and modules cover fundamental concepts, such as variables, loops, and functions, providing a comprehensive understanding of Python. These training resources are designed to equip you with the skills needed to confidently tackle AI programming challenges.


Python's syntax is not only simple but also highly intuitive. Its readability and simplicity allow you to quickly grasp programming basics and start coding AI applications. And the interactive experiences on Microsoft Learn reinforce your understanding, to help you build a solid foundation for advanced AI learning.



  1. Bridging theory and real AI projects 

Although theory is a crucial starting point, the true essence of learning emerges when you apply your knowledge to real AI projects. Microsoft Learn offers a project-based learning approach, providing you with opportunities to engage in practical AI projects and effectively apply your Python skills across various AI scenarios. 



  1. Specializing in AI: Microsoft Credentials 



Training for the Microsoft Applied Skills credential “Develop generative AI solutions with Azure OpenAI Service” includes a learning path that covers this critical topic. It offers an opportunity to learn practical skills and knowledge to create and deploy advanced AI models, further enhancing your AI expertise. After you follow the learning path, you can take and pass a free, online, lab-based assessment to earn the credential.


In addition to the Applied Skills credential, you can earn the Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Engineer Associate Certification. The associated training, Course AI-102: Designing and Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution, available through a Microsoft Training Services Provider or via self-paced online study, provides an excellent opportunity to put Python to work as you build your AI and app development skills. Diving into advanced topics, Course AI-102 offers comprehensive knowledge and practical experience in Python and AI. After you complete the course, you can take a free Practice Assessment on Microsoft Learn (from the link on the Certification and exam details page) to gauge your skills and preparedness to take the Certification exam. When you’re ready, pass the exam to earn the Azure AI Engineer Associate Certification.



  1. Developing advanced AI skills: Practical exercises and labs 

Although theory provides a solid foundation, true skill development—especially in AI—requires practice. Microsoft Learn resources and opportunities offer immersive and engaging experiences, including learning paths with interactive labs where you can apply Python in real-world AI scenarios. These labs cover a range of AI exercises and topics, from working on simple AI script tasks to developing complex, scalable AI applications. 




Making the most of the skill-building resources available through Microsoft Learn, particularly courses, learning paths, and modules that lead to Microsoft Credentials, can structure and streamline your journey to master Python for AI. Starting with foundational concepts, progressing through project-based AI learning, delving into specialized AI fields, working with practical exercises and labs, and then earning Microsoft Credentials, this journey can equip you with a comprehensive skill set for AI development with Python.


My experience attests to the effectiveness of this approach. With these four steps, you can embark on the adventure of learning Python for the exciting field of AI, with enthusiasm and an open mind. 


Meet Masato Kikukawa, Microsoft Learn expert  

I started my career 20 years ago as an application developer at a Japanese multifunction printer manufacturer, where I successfully delivered major projects. I now work as a technical trainer, providing corporate training to develop engineers. My passion for programming remains unchanged, and I use generative AI to learn new technologies and incorporate them into my training. I hope to continue supporting technological advancements and the growth of engineers.  


Learn more about Masato Kikukawa. 

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