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Rock, Paper, Azure Re-launch!

01.07.2013
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I’m a little late getting this out (pesky vacations and all) but we re-launched Rock, Paper, Azure (RPA) a few weeks back with weekly competitions!

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What is Rock, Paper, Azure?  In short, it’s a game, primarily for developers.  It’s also a fun way to learn programming, as the concept is simple however winning is not.  You write code that plays a modified Rock, Paper, Scissors like game and tries to beat everyone else doing the same. 

The code that you download has everything ready to go, so you just need to worry about implementing some logic.  No advanced degree required!

We developed RPA as a teaching tool for the cloud.  The RPA site and game engine all run in Windows Azure, and it’s a good example of building a scalable application:  when the game engine is under demand, such as during our prize rounds, we’ve been able to scale up to keep up with the bot submissions.  As a player, you’ll get to try out Windows Azure and learn a little about it along the way.  You can also win some great stuff – like a Microsoft Surface, Kinect, and Best Buy gift cards!

Check it out at http://www.rockpaperaure.com – have fun playing!

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