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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
1
Part 1:Introduction to WinUI and Windows Applications
8
Part 2:Extending WinUI and Modernizing Applications
13
Part 3:Build and Deploy on Windows and Beyond

.NET Community Toolkit features

The .NET Community Toolkit can be leveraged by all .NET developers. In Chapter 3, MVVM for Maintainability and Testability, we used the MVVM Toolkit, which is part of the .NET Community Toolkit. There are several other features of this toolkit, primarily targeting performance and diagnostics.

The CommunityToolkit.Diagnostics package is available for .NET developers or those frameworks that implement .NET Standard 2.0 or later. It includes two helper libraries, Guard and ThrowHelper.

Guard APIs are used to validate the arguments passed into your .NET methods. They are created to be fast, with minimal impact on the performance of your applications. Here are a few examples of their use:

public void TestData(decimal[] numbers, int size, string data)
{
    Guard.IsNotNull(numbers);
    Guard.IsInRangeFor(size, numbers);
    Guard.IsNotNullOrWhitespace(data);
}

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