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https://arstechnica.co.uk/gadgets/2017/09/microsoft-quantum-computing-toolkit/
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Later this year, Microsoft will release a new quantum computing programming language, with full Visual Studio integration, along with a quantum computing simulator. With these, developers will be able to both develop and debug quantum programs implementing quantum algorithms.

I may learn my first programming language after all. Looks like I am going to teach myself " borrowing elements from C#, Python, and F#. " in order to prepare.
    
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Visual Studio integration! awesome
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Haha, they missed mobile, they aren't going to miss this one. wink.gifthumb.gif
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32GB of ram to work with 32 qubit simulation.
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I may learn my first programming language after all. Looks like I am going to teach myself " borrowing elements from C#, Python, and F#. " in order to prepare.

I'm not going to dissuade you, but realize that this is really, really far from being useful.

You would be much better served learning another language now that has a practical application. Your knowledge will transfer to the programming of quantum computers when they are ready for mainstream in 300 years.

If you are really hyped - it would be useful to learn about the logic behind quantum computing. Still, my bet would be on just learning c# web development or something like that now and applying it later.
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Visual Studio integration! awesome

I think it just means syntax and code highlighting. Which is cool I guess.
Edited by _02 - 9/25/17 at 11:46am
    
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I think it just means syntax and code highlighting. Which is cool I guess.

Indeed, but it also means I wont have to install another IDE biggrin.gif
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I don't know where you're getting the idea that quantum computing is a far-off technology, there are in-production quantum CPUs right now. Both IBM and D-Wave produce them; miniaturization is inevitable, and I would bet we are closer to a 15-20 year timeframe at most for this to be practical. While that does make this still a little "useless" in terms of practicality, it will be something good to understand going forward.
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I don't know where you're getting the idea that quantum computing is a far-off technology, there are in-production quantum CPUs right now. Both IBM and D-Wave produce them; miniaturization is inevitable, and I would bet we are closer to a 15-20 year timeframe at most for this to be practical. While that does make this still a little "useless" in terms of practicality, it will be something good to understand going forward.

In production quantum annealing "CPU"s (not a CPU, more of a co-processor than anything).
Very different from what "real" quantum processor is when typically thought about. The current stuff is meant for 1 type of problem and that one only, and it cannot do other things nor does it use other quantum mechanics that would be needed to make true, end to end quantum computing a thing. By that I mean the setup of the problem to be solved is done "by hand", the communication into the quantum processor is entirely old school bit mechanics, and all data outside of the problem during the solving is still old bit stuff, all busses are the typical stuff we use in other computers.


here, read this article to get a feel of the differenes between a quantum annealing processor and other, large scale (universal) quantum computing:
https://medium.com/quantum-bits/what-s-the-difference-between-quantum-annealing-and-universal-gate-quantum-computers-c5e5099175a1
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32GB of ram to work with 32 qubit simulation.
I'm not going to dissuade you, but realize that this is really, really far from being useful.

You would be much better served learning another language now that has a practical application. Your knowledge will transfer to the programming of quantum computers when they are ready for mainstream in 300 years.

If you are really hyped - it would be useful to learn about the logic behind quantum computing. Still, my bet would be on just learning c# web development or something like that now and applying it later.
I think it just means syntax and code highlighting. Which is cool I guess.

I think you underestimate how fast quantum is going to be moving. It is cold war 2.0 mentality at the moment to reach the first AI and quantum computers, things happen with that kind of mentality and money flow.
    
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Originally Posted by caenlen View Post

I think you underestimate how fast quantum is going to be moving. It is cold war 2.0 mentality at the moment to reach the first AI and quantum computers, things happen with that kind of mentality and money flow.
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I don't know where you're getting the idea that quantum computing is a far-off technology, there are in-production quantum CPUs right now. Both IBM and D-Wave produce them; miniaturization is inevitable, and I would bet we are closer to a 15-20 year timeframe at most for this to be practical. While that does make this still a little "useless" in terms of practicality, it will be something good to understand going forward.

You guys are misinterpreting what I said.

I'm talking about learning quantum computing languages provided by microsoft, the topic posted by OP. Not hardware evolution.

All technology moves fast, and it seems a waste to learn something like this now that might be applied in 10+ years. Especially when the fundamentals of that can be learned and applied with current technology. Ask anyone who works in technology now if they'd invest in learning a development platform now, that will be released in 10+ years.

But if it really floats your boat, go for it =)
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All technology moves fast, and it seems a waste to learn something like this now that might be applied in 10+ years. Especially when the fundamentals of that can be learned and applied with current technology. Ask anyone who works in technology now if they'd invest in learning a development platform now, that will be released in 10+ years.

10+ years?

50 qubits is where a quantum computer becomes faster than any classic computer (at specific problems):
https://www.pcworld.com/article/3176853/hardware/ibms-new-q-program-to-include-a-50-qubit-quantum-computer.html
https://arstechnica.co.uk/gadgets/2017/03/ibm-q-50-qubit-quantum-computer/
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