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

Debugging live data with Live Visual Tree and Live Property Explorer

While the XAML Binding Failures window is new to Visual Studio, the in-app toolbar has been available to XAML developers since 2015. The toolbar floats over the active window in your application while you are debugging. There are several parts to the toolbar:

  • Go to Live Visual Tree: Opens the Live Visual Tree window.
  • Show in XAML Live Preview: This opens the XAML Live Preview window in Visual Studio.
  • Select Element: Allows you to select an element in Live Visual Tree by clicking on it in the active window.
  • Display Layout Adorners: This will highlight the element in the UI that is currently selected in Live Visual Tree.
  • Track Focused Element: While the Live Visual Tree window is open, toggling this on will indicate in Live Visual Tree which element currently has focus on the UI.
  • Binding failures: Indicates the number of current binding failures and opens the XAML Binding Failures window...