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Learn WinUI 3 - Second Edition

By : Alvin Ashcraft
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Book Image

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)
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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

Overview of Template Studio for WinUI

Template Studio for WinUI is an open source extension for Visual Studio that enhances the experience of creating a new WinUI 3 project. Microsoft currently has three versions of the Template Studio extension available:

  • Template Studio for WinUI (C#) – This is the extension we will use in this chapter. There are also plans for a C++ version of Template Studio for WinUI.
  • Template Studio for WPF – The WPF version of Template Studio is similar to the WinUI extension. It creates a .NET WPF project.
  • Template Studio for UWP – This version is the updated extension that was originally named Windows Template Studio.

The code and documentation for the Template Studio projects are available on GitHub: https://github.com/microsoft/TemplateStudio. The team also maintains a release roadmap on GitHub that you can monitor: https://github.com/microsoft/TemplateStudio/blob/main/docs/roadmap.md.

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