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Learn WinUI 3 - Second Edition

By : Alvin Ashcraft
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Book Image

Learn WinUI 3 - Second Edition

5 (1)
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
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Part 1:Introduction to WinUI and Windows Applications
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Part 2:Extending WinUI and Modernizing Applications
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Part 3:Build and Deploy on Windows and Beyond

Exploring the WCT Gallery app

As we mentioned earlier in this chapter, the WCT Gallery app is available from the Microsoft Store (https://apps.microsoft.com/store/detail/windows-community-toolkit-gallery/9NBLGGH4TLCQ). It can be installed on Windows 10 version 17763 or later, on Windows 11, or even on your Xbox, Surface Hub, or HoloLens device. As with the WinUI 3 Gallery app we discussed in Chapter 5, Exploring WinUI Controls, the toolkit sample app provides us with an easy way to navigate and explore the contents of the WCT.

Installing and launching the app

Let’s get started:

  1. Open the Microsoft Store app from the Windows Start menu and enter windows community in the Search box:
Figure 9.1 – Finding the app in the Microsoft Store

Figure 9.1 – Finding the app in the Microsoft Store

  1. Select Windows Community Toolkit Gallery from the search results and click the Install button on the resulting page. Once the installation completes, the Install button will become an Open...