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  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    Windows Azure Benefits for MSDN: New and improved

    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...
  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    Key To The Cloud: Design For Failure

    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...
  • 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...
  • MSDN Roadshows

    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...
  • 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...
  • MSDN Roadshows

    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...
  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    RockPaperAzure Just Got Trilingual!

    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

    Rock, Paper, Azure: Why US Only?

    Over the past few days, we’ve gotten many requests from those outside the United States who would like to play Rock, Paper, Azure.  Some have even said, “I don’t care about the prizes, I just want to play!”   So what’s the deal? If we could...
  • MSDN Roadshows

    RPA: Why is my Bot Rejected?

    We’ve had a few people ask about getting the following message when submitting bots: Bot contains invalid calls. Please review the official rules for more information. In short, this message means the bot didn’t pass the static analysis tests.  On...
  • 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...
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