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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

Going beyond the default cross-platform app structure

So far, we have created a cross-platform app that contains the heads for every platform. But there are also different project types that you can use to write your Uno Platform app, which we will cover in this section.


The Uno Platform Visual Studio solution templates extension only contains a subset of the available Uno Platform types. If you haven't already installed the templates using the dotnet CLI, do this now by opening a terminal and running dotnet new -i Uno.ProjectTemplates.Dotnet, since we will use these in the remaining part of the chapter.

The multi-platform library project type

One of the most important project types besides the Multi-Platform App (Uno Platform) project type is the Cross-Platform Library (Uno Platform) type. The Cross-Platform Library (Uno Platform) project type allows you to write code that can be consumed by Uno Platform apps. The easiest way of getting to know the project type...