MTA 98-381: Introduction to Programming Using Python

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In MTA 98-381: Introduction to Programming Using Python LiveLessons, you learn the fundamentals of writing syntactically correct Python code to solve real-world programming problems. You also gain hands-on experience to prepare for Microsoft MTA exam 98-383.

Drawing on his experience as a Python programmer and trainer, Brian Overland guides you from the absolute basics of Python programming all the way to troubleshooting, error handling, and beyond. One step at a time, you learn how to perform Python assignments, decipher Boolean and numeric data types, construct Python strings, perform indexing and slicing string operations, perform input and output operations, manage flow with decisions and loops, write to a text file, handle exceptions, and import and use Python packages.

Throughout, Brian covers the MTA exam 98-381 objective domains logically and provides opportunities to review and practice fundamental concepts and techniques. Topics are organized into bite-sized, self-contained lessons, so you can learn key Python skills quickly and easily. This video course, along with additional study, can help you achieve the hours of instruction and hands-on experience recommended to take the exam and demonstrate your mastery of fundamental Python concepts.

Skill Level

  • Beginner

Learn How To

  • Perform Python assignments
  • Decipher Boolean and numeric data types
  • Construct Python strings
  • Perform indexing and slicing string operations
  • Perform input and output operations
  • Manage flow with decisions and loops
  • Write to a text file
  • Handle exceptions
  • Import and use Python packages
  • Prepare for the Microsoft MTA exam 98-383: Introduction to Programming Using HTML and CSS

Who Should Take This Course

  • Aspiring programmers who want to learn programming fundamentals using Python
  • Programmers experienced in other languages who need to quickly get up-to-speed on Python fundamentals
  • Candidates taking Microsoft exam MTA 98-381: Introduction to Programming Using Python

Course Requirements

Basic experience using text editors and managing files; no Python experience necessary

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Meet your instructor

Brian Overland

Brian Overland is a textbook author, sometime actor, programmer, film reviewer, and novelist. He has been professionally programming with the C family of languages since the early 1980s and spent 10 years at Microsoft, first as a software tester and then as programmer/writer, manager, and project lead. Almost unique among programmers, he is an award-winning writer deeply committed to teaching and simplifying advanced concepts.


1 week

Experience Level

Intermediate Introductory

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IT Programming