I am very excited about the Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games, but was unable to get the download to play Tic-Tae-Toe. Don’t get me wrong, the owner(s) of this product are awesome and the documentation is sterling. (Thanks to Wade Wegner, Nathan Totten and others!)
On the other hand, don’t you get frustrated by things that clearly work on some other machine doesn’t’ work on yours? What should you do to make the open source product work for you?
What do you do about that?
Here are some steps you can take, especially if you are a student, click on the “Discussions” and ask a question in the forum.
Following is for students (if you are not a student, please ignore)
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It is important that you use your best grammar and make sure that you clearly include which version of Visual Studio (Express, Pro, Ultimate), operating system (x86 for 32 bit Win7 or 64 bit Win7, Server in Client mode).
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In my case I ask the following question, after spending an hour or so making sure I was doing everything exactly like the instructions (my goal was to check out the download code, sometimes referred to as bits, instructions and so forth). My examination process included making sure my Azure set-up ran a simple Push Notification using the template provided by the the Windows Azure Toolkit (it did)
Tic-Tac-Toe doesn’t work
Thu at 8:48 PM
Edited Thu at 8:58 PM
Open source software may appear to be free, but there is a “responsibility” that you have to make the open source software work, you have to spend time giving feedback to the community. If you don’t, not a big deal, but good ideas like the Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games could use your feedback and interest.
Big thanks to Wade Wegner, Nathan Totten and others for their awesome work on this toolkit!