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Creating Cross-Platform C# Applications with Uno Platform

By : Matt Lacey, Marcel Alexander Wagner
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Creating Cross-Platform C# Applications with Uno Platform

By: Matt Lacey, Marcel Alexander Wagner

Overview of this book

Developers are increasingly being asked to build native applications that run on multiple operating systems and in the browser. In the past, this would have meant learning new technologies and making multiple copies of an application. But the Uno Platform allows you to use tools, languages, and APIs you already know from building Windows apps to develop apps that can also run on other platforms. This book will help you to create customer-facing as well as line-of-business apps that can be used on the device, browser, or operating system of your choice. This practical guide enables developers to put their C# and XAML knowledge to work by writing cross-platform apps using the Uno Platform. Packed with tips and practical examples, this book will help you to build applications for common scenarios. You'll begin by learning about the Uno Platform through step-by-step explanations of essential concepts, before moving on to creating cross-platform apps for different lines of business. Throughout this book, you'll work with examples that will teach you how to combine your existing knowledge to manage common development environments and implement frequently needed functionality. By the end of this Uno development book, you will have learned how to write your own cross-platform apps with the Uno Platform and use additional tools and libraries to speed up your app development process.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Section 1: Getting to Know Uno Platform
Section 2: Writing and Developing Uno Platform Apps
Section 3: Test, Deploy, and Contribute

Creating your first app

There are different ways of creating your project, so we will start with the most common one, using Visual Studio.

Creating your project with the Uno Platform solution templates

The process of creating an Uno Platform app project is the same as for other project types in Visual Studio. Depending on the extensions and project templates installed, you will be greeted by the list of options in Figure 2.1 when filtering for Uno Platform. Note that for Figure 2.1, only the Uno Platform Solution Templates extension was installed:

Figure 2.1 – List of Uno Platform project templates in the new project dialog

The easiest way to get started with Uno Platform is using the Multi-Platform App (Uno Platform) project template as this contains all the necessary projects to build and run Uno Platform apps for every platform.

Let's start creating your app by selecting the Multi-Platform App (Uno Platform) project type and click...