Got Mad .NET MAUI Skills? Show Off!
Microsoft's .NET MAUI has generated a lot of buzz because it evolved its predecessor, Xamarin.Forms, by adding the ability to create desktop apps in addition to traditional Xamarin mobile targets iOS and Android.
Standing for .NET Multi-platform App UI, the offering shipped in May, and just last month graduated from preview status in Visual Studio 2022.
Although Microsoft offers plenty of .NET MAUI documentation, it's inviting developers to participate in a different learning experience: the .NET MAUI Cloud Skills Challenge.
"The .NET MAUI Cloud Skills Challenge is a fun and exciting way to learn .NET MAUI and grab the latest .NET MAUI sticker swag!" said Microsoft's Matt Soucoup in an Aug. 29 blog post. "All you need to do is go to the registration page and sign up, finish all the .NET MAUI training modules in the challenge (learning some amazing new skills along the way), and then we'll send some stickers to you!"
The challenge presents seven training modules that must be completed to earn stickers, with Microsoft promising along the way that developers will learn how to build their first .NET MAUI app, build the UI, navigate between pages, use local data storage, interact with web services and more.
Although more than 400 developers had participated at the time of Soucoup's post, Microsoft apparently wanted more, so Soucoup penned his post to announce the Aug. 31 deadline was extended to Sept. 30. It also noted that previous participants need to revisit the registration page to provide more information to ensure a swift delivery of the prize stickers.
While the project is primarily for learning, its site notes the competition aspect, with both individual and teams competitions: "Benchmark your progress against friends and coworkers. It's always better when we learn together."
Developers will also compete for those sticker swag, for which only the first 500 devs to complete the challenge are eligible.
There are individual and teams competitions.
Soucoup's post must have generated more interest, as the leaderboard now shows 990 participants.
David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.