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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

An overview of Uno Platform

Uno Platform is an open source UI framework that installs as an extension to Visual Studio. It is cross-platform, with the ability to target Windows, iOS, Android, macOS, Linux, and WebAssembly. With a single C# and WinUI XAML code base, you can target all of these platforms. While the Uno Platform team recommends Visual Studio for the best experience, you can build Uno applications with Visual Studio Code or the JetBrains Rider IDE. The pros and cons of each development environment are discussed on Uno Platform’s Get Started documentation: https://platform.uno/docs/articles/get-started.html?tabs=windows#select-your-development-environment.

Uno Platform was first released in May 2018 and has been growing in popularity in recent years. They have also added to their supported platforms and shifted from UWP to WinUI 3 in their XAML support. This year, in their 4.10.13 release, they even added support for embedding .NET MAUI controls within Uno Platform...