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Learn WinUI 3 - Second Edition

By : Alvin Ashcraft
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Learn WinUI 3 - Second Edition

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By: Alvin Ashcraft

Overview of this book

WinUI 3 takes a whole new approach to delivering Windows UI components and controls and has the ability to deliver the same features across multiple versions of Windows. Learn WinUI 3 is a comprehensive introduction to WinUI and Windows apps for anyone who is new to WinUI and XAML applications. This updated second edition begins by helping you get to grips with the latest features in WinUI and shows you how XAML is used in UI development. The next set of chapters will help you set up a new Visual Studio environment, develop a new desktop project, incorporate the Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern in a WinUI project, and develop unit tests for ViewModel commands. Next, you’ll cover the basics of data access from WinUI projects with a step-by-step approach. As you advance, you’ll discover how to leverage the Fluent Design System to design beautiful WinUI applications. You’ll also explore the contents and capabilities of the Windows Community Toolkit and learn how to create cross-platform apps with markup and code from your project using Uno Platform. The concluding chapters will teach you how to build, debug, and deploy apps to the Microsoft Store. By the end of this book, you’ll have learned how to build WinUI applications from scratch and how to modernize existing desktop apps using WinUI 3 and the Windows App SDK.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Free Chapter
Part 1:Introduction to WinUI and Windows Applications
Part 2:Extending WinUI and Modernizing Applications
Part 3:Build and Deploy on Windows and Beyond

Enhancing Applications with Community Toolkits

The Windows Community Toolkit (WCT) and the .NET Community Toolkit are collections of open source libraries for Windows and .NET developers. The toolkits contain controls and libraries that can be leveraged by the Windows UI Library (WinUI), Universal Windows Platform (UWP), .NET Multi-platform App UI (.NET MAUI), Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), and Windows Forms (WinForms) applications. In the Microsoft Store, there is a companion sample application for the WCT that developers can install to explore the controls and learn how to use them.

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Learning about the background and purpose of the toolkits
  • Using the toolkit sample application to explore the controls available in the WCT
  • Leveraging toolkit controls in a WinUI project
  • Exploring the helpers, services, and extensions for Windows developers in the WCT
  • Discovering what’s available in the .NET...