If you follow my blog, you know that some of my evangelist colleagues and I put together a series of webcasts in April and May focused around playing an on-line version of Rock, Paper, Scissors via Windows Azure. We’ve just completed an East Coast run of live events as well that have incorporated the contest, and now I'm bringing it home to the Boston Azure User Group this Thursday, June 23rd.
This upcoming meeting will feature a brief overview of how we leveraged Windows Azure for this project, but the majority of the time will be a ‘hackathon’ allowing you to get some hands-on experience deploying to Windows Azure and have some fun coding your own automated ‘bot’ to play Rock, Paper, Scissors (with a few twists) against your fellow attendees. If you’ve put off kicking the tires of Windows Azure, this is a great time to jump in!
Did I mention prizes?? The Boston Azure User Group will have an XBox/Kinect, a Visual Studio Professional license, and some other goodies to give away based on the leaderboard at the end of the night!
Want in (well, who wouldn’t)? Here’s what you need to do:
Sign-up for your FREE (no-strings attached) 30-day Windows Azure account (Promo code: PLAYRPA)
Download (the also FREE) Visual Web Developer 2010 Express (or Visual Studio 2010 Pro or higher)
We have some videos and instructions as well on the Get Started section of the RockPaperAzure Challenge site to help you get set up. Don’t have a Windows laptop with Vista or Windows 7? No worries, we’ll have some additional machines available – just make sure you note that you’ll need one when you RSVP.
It should be a great time! I hope to see many of you there.