Join the Visual Studio for Mac ASP.NET Core Challenge

Jordan Matthiesen

In September, we shared Visual Studio 2019 for Mac v8.3 with you – this was our biggest release yet for .NET developers working on a Mac. Today, we’d like to invite you to take part in a new community challenge in which you can interact directly with our team to improve Visual Studio for Mac, explore some great looking ASP.NET Core samples, and earn prizes!

Taking the ASP.NET Core Challenge

Are you ready to jump in? There are just three simple steps to enter:

Download the Visual Studio for Mac 8.3 release or update to it from within the IDE using the Stable channel in the Updater.

Now, create or modify an ASP.NET Core site with a web UI using Visual Studio for Mac; you can use the samples from the control libraries mentioned below, or build your own. We only ask that you try our new HTML/CSHTML, CSS, or JavaScript/TypeScript editors.

Finally, send us a Tweet of the UI that you build, using the @VisualStudioMac handle on Twitter along with the hashtags #vs4macChallenge #sweepstakes. Include a screen shot of your running app and an example of the source code you used, running in Visual Studio for Mac! We’ll reply with a survey you can take to share your experience. The survey will also allow you to share your contact information with us if you’d like to be entered for a chance to get swag.


To thank you for your time submitting and filling out our follow-up survey, we have some fun swag giveaways for you! Each submission is entered into a random drawing for 1 of:

  • 3 grand prizes: A product license from GrapeCity, Syncfusion, or Progress. Or,
  • 100 first prizes: A $15.00 voucher for the .NET Foundation Store, to purchase a shirt or stickers.

To be eligible, you’ll need to share your email address with us in the survey mentioned earlier.

For more details on eligibility, please read the Official Rules for this sweepstakes.

ASP.NET Core Samples to help you out

To give you some interesting new samples to explore in this challenge, 3 great ASP.NET Core control libraries for you to check out. Each of them has been a great help pulling together some Mac-based instructions to help you get started:

If you have other favorite libraries you prefer to use, that’s great! Just let us know what you used as part of your contest submission.

Go forth and code!

This challenge starts today, November 5th and goes until November 19th, and we’ll share out the end results by November 22nd.  As you work with Visual Studio for Mac and build out your app, feel free chat with us on Twitter via @VisualStudioMac. Now, go have fun and code!


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