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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)
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

Template Studio extensions for other UI frameworks

We’ve taken a deep dive into the Template Studio for WinUI extension, but what about the UI frameworks? As we mentioned earlier in the chapter, Microsoft also maintains extensions for Template Studio for WPF and Template Studio for UWP. In fact, they even have a Microsoft Web Template Studio available: https://github.com/microsoft/WebTemplateStudio. It supports React, Angular, or Vue.js for the frontend and Node.js, Flask, Molecular, and ASP.NET Core as backend frameworks. If you’re interested in web development, you should check it out.

There is also an extension called MAUI App Accelerator (https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=MattLaceyLtd.MauiAppAccelerator), which is a Template Studio version for .NET MAUI. We’ll remain focused on WinUI and WPF templates in this chapter. The final two we’ll review are Template Studio for WPF and the Template Studio-style wizard that comes with the Uno...