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Rock Paper Azure Challenge - Part 2 (of 5) - Getting Started With The Bot Lab

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Take the Rock Paper Azure Challenge! 
Learn the Cloud, make your move, play to win!

How do you stack up against the coding competition? Play weekly and find out!                               

Did you play Rock, Paper, Scissors as a kid? Does it still determine who makes the afternoon coffee run? Then you already know how to play the game. Now's your chance to code your own player "bot" and test your skills online. Will your bot have what it takes to crush the competition?
Microsoft is hosting a series of weekly tournaments in Spring 2011 where you can battle it out with other developers to win weekly prizes (not to mention serious bragging rights).
This is the second in a series of five webcasts explaining how you play the game. 
Getting Started With Bot Lab
In this screencast, Brian Hitney walks the user through downloading the game code from the contest site and cracking open the Bot Lab solution in Visual Studio.  The Bot Lab is an ASP.NET MVC website that contains a version of the game engine that you use for testing multiple bots out against each other.  The Bot Lab Visual Studio solution is available for download on the Rock Paper Azure Challenge website. The solution contains a Windows Azure project with the MVC site configured to run in a Windows Azure web role.  The Bot Lab can be run locally in the Windows Azure Developer Emulator or in the cloud via a Windows Azure "Hosted Service".
Brian shows you how to load your custom coded Rock Paper Azure bots into the Bot Lab and have them do battle against each other.
Learn more about the Rock Paper Azure Challenge at:
Keep up with the folks behind the Rock Paper Azure Challenge at the US Cloud Connection blog:
Good luck, and happy coding!
-Brian, Jim, and Peter



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