As the Learn Windows Azure event rolls along today (keep an eye on the site for recordings of the content if you missed it), here are some other great ways to dive into cloud computing. Update: the session recordings are now available.
The Rock Paper Azure Challenge
Entertain your competitive side, improve your cloud development skills, and have a chance to win prizes! Enter your bot in the Rock Paper Azure Challenge by this Friday evening (12/16, 6PM EST), battle the competition, and see if you emerge victorious:
Play Rock, Paper Scissors in the cloud for your chance to win a trip to Cancun, an Acer Aspire S3 Laptop, a Windows Phone, or an XBOX 360/Kinect bundle! Entering is simple – create a player bot (sample code provided) and enter it before December 16th. Winners will be chosen at random from all bots submitted.
Want to test your strategic coding skills as well? Build a killer bot to crush the competition and see how you stack up against other players on the Leaderboard. Each Friday the top 5 players will receive a $50.00 Best Buy Gift Card.
Think you don’t have the time to ramp up and create a winning bot? You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can take the starter code and turn it into a fierce competitor!
Windows Azure Dev Camps
For a great way to get some in-person instruction on Windows Azure, check out the Windows Azure Dev Camps series, now touring all over the place.
Windows Azure Resources
- Windows Azure Home
- Windows Azure Developer Center - Support for developing with .NET, node.js, Java, PHP and more.
- Windows Azure Downloads – Get the tools to develop with Windows Azure
- Windows Azure Training Course – Hands-on labs and videos
- Channel 9 Windows Azure Content – Videos, screencasts, and show episodes
- Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games – Build a casual/social game using Windows Azure