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    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...
  • 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...
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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...
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    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...
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    RPA Winners, Losers, and Eligibility

    Over the past few weeks, we (the dev team of Rock, Paper, Azure) have gotten to be best friends with our internal legal department.  It’s been an educational experience, and this is where things stand with Rock, Paper, Azure. When one player wins...
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    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...
  • 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...
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    Testing a RockPaperAzure Bot in a Winform

    In Friday’s webcast, I showed a quick ‘n dirty utility for testing a RockPaperAzure bot outside of the game server and even the Bot Lab. When we ran some of these tournaments in person, it was very difficult to get a good feel for your bot...
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    Rock, Paper, Azure Tournament Information

    We had a couple of great questions on RPA tournaments over the first week – I thought I’d clarify a few things here. International Players As many of you know, the main tournament (with prizes) is limited the US residents. This is for...
  • 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...
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