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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 code generated by Template Studio

It’s time to review the contents of the newly generated TemplateStudioSampleApp solution. There is a lot of code created for us in the three projects, so we won’t be exploring every file. We’ll discuss each folder, explore a few of the important files, and make some minor code changes along the way. Each project has its own README.md file with an overview of the project and its purpose.

Exploring the Core project

The TemplateStudioSampleApp.Core project is a class library project targeting .NET 7. This is where you would place any code that is intended to be shared across projects. The project contains four folders:

  • Contracts: Interfaces for the services in the project are kept here in a Services subfolder. Any new interfaces needed in this project should be created here.
  • Helpers: This folder contains a Json helper class with methods to convert between JSON strings and .NET objects. Add your own...