Remember that playground game, Rock, Paper, Scissors? Well, that’s old school - it’s the 21st century, and we’re taking it to the cloud! Today, we’re launching the Rock Paper Azure Challenge!
My colleagues Brian Hitney, Peter Laudati, Susan Wisowaty, and I have been feverishly working on what promises to be a fun (and profitable!) way of getting your feet wet with Windows Azure. Leveraging an open source .NET project created by Aaron Jensen and hosted on github. we’ve turned it into a weekly contest (official rules here) where you can write a bit of code to play Rock, Paper, Scissors (with a few twists!) and compete against your fellow geeks for weekly prizes including an XBox 360/Kinect bundle! There are two primary components to the challenge:
Our first webcast is next Tuesday, and we invite you to join us then. For the next couple of days though, feel free to give it a whirl before we start the first official weekly round!
Too bad it's impossible to compete if your language is F#. No F# runtime available in Microsoft's cloud computing environment (!), and if you use the --standalone compiler flag to embed the runtime, you're over the 100KB size limit. This developer is turned off, not evangelized.
That's not true though... my bot in the open round is F# (just random implementation though). I did have an issue with the Cycle bot taking too much time to execute but am looking more closely at that in hopes to update the MyBot project with VB and F# versions. Let me know what you're seeing and perhaps we can remedy. F# is definitely supported in the cloud.