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  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    500 and Other Errors in Azure Deployments

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    So you’ve been working feverishly on your Windows Azure application, all your testing and debugging in the Windows Azure development fabric (aka Windows Azure Emulator) is complete, life is good! You deploy your application to your Windows Azure...
  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    Windows Azure Benefits for MSDN: New and improved

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    If you have an MSDN Premium or Ultimate subscription, hopefully you’re aware of and have perhaps taken advan tage of a free monthly allotment of Windows Azure benefits. If you haven’t provisioned your account yet, well now’s the time...
  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    RockPaperAzure Just Got Trilingual!

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    We’re just beginning the third week of the RockPaperAzure Challenge , and Brian , Peter , and I are continually thinking of new features and capabilities to add.  Just last week Brian opened up the game engine to support multiple different rounds...
  • MSDN Roadshows

    RPA Game History Available

    You spoke, we listened.   Rock, Paper, Azure is going well, but one thing we’ve heard from many people is that they would like a history of their games.   The main reason for this is the “attack and retreat” approach  some people...
  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    Key To The Cloud: Design For Failure

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    Last week, Amazon Web Services suffered a major outage in one of their datacenters. There has been a lot of coverage in the media as several companies who built their services on AWS were unavailable during this multi-day outage. As some one who evangelizes...
  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    Take the Rock Paper Azure Challenge!

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    I’m excited to announce the launch today of the Rock Paper Azure Challenge ! For the past couple of months, I’ve been working with Jim O’Neil and Brian Hitney on a new Windows Azure event/game called Rock, Paper, Azure. The concept is this: you code a...
  • MSDN Roadshows

    Can’t Lock() in RPA

    For security and performance reasons, we often review what bots are doing and review any rejected bots to see how things are going.   When a bot is rejected, it is typically easy to spot the exact reason when looking at the code, but sometimes...
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    RPA: Burned by Static Cling

    In a previous post about locking in Rock, Paper, Azure, I said this somewhat offhand: In this case, there’s no reason to use such code in a bot. The only time you’d need to is if your bot has a static method/object reference, but that’s...
  • MSDN Roadshows

    We’re Ready to Rock…

    … but there are some changes to Rock, Paper, Azure we need to discuss based on our test week.   First things first:  I highly recommend you download the latest Bot Lab and MyBot project here .  For the most part, old bots bots will...
  • MSDN Roadshows

    Getting a Windows Azure account for Rock, Paper, Azure

    If you’re interested in getting a Windows Azure account to play in Rock, Paper, Azure (RPA), there are a few options available to you, from least painful to most painful (in my opinion, anyway): Method 1 – Windows Azure Pass The way most people are getting...
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