Windows AzureAs the Learn Windows Azure event rolls along today (keep an eye on the site for recordings of the content if you missed it), here are some other great ways to dive into cloud computing.  Update: the session recordings are now available.

The Rock Paper Azure Challenge

Rock Paper Azure ChallengeEntertain your competitive side, improve your cloud development skills, and have a chance to win prizes!  Enter your bot in the Rock Paper Azure Challenge by this Friday evening (12/16, 6PM EST), battle the competition, and see if you emerge victorious:

Play Rock, Paper Scissors in the cloud for your chance to win a trip to Cancun, an Acer Aspire S3 Laptop, a Windows Phone, or an XBOX 360/Kinect bundle! Entering is simple – create a player bot (sample code provided) and enter it before December 16th. Winners will be chosen at random from all bots submitted.

Want to test your strategic coding skills as well? Build a killer bot to crush the competition and see how you stack up against other players on the Leaderboard. Each Friday the top 5 players will receive a $50.00 Best Buy Gift Card.

Think you don’t have the time to ramp up and create a winning bot?  You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can take the starter code and turn it into a fierce competitor!

Windows Azure Dev Camps

Dev CampsFor a great way to get some in-person instruction on Windows Azure, check out the Windows Azure Dev Camps series, now touring all over the place.

Don’t see one in your area?  The Windows Azure Training Kit has the content and labs, and recordings are available for some of the past events.

(While you��re visiting, take a look at the Windows Phone Camps and Web Camps!)

Windows Azure Resources

Windows Azure HomeLooking for more?  Here are some resources to help you to the cloud:

-Chris