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Learn WinUI 3 - Second Edition

By : Alvin Ashcraft
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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
Part 2:Extending WinUI and Modernizing Applications
Part 3:Build and Deploy on Windows and Beyond

Creating your first Uno Platform project

In this section, we are going to create a new Uno Platform project that will be the basis of our cross-platform version of the My Media Collection application that we created in several of the earlier chapters of this book. Before we can create a new Uno Platform project, we need to install the extension:

  1. Start by opening Visual Studio and go to Extensions | Manage Extensions to open the Manage Extensions window.
  2. In the Search field, search for Uno Platform.
  3. The Uno Platform extension should be the first result. Click Install and restart Visual Studio to complete the installation.
  4. When you open Visual Studio again, select Create a new project.
  5. In the Search for templates field, enter Uno Platform. You will get several results for the different Uno Platform project types.
  6. Select the Uno Platform App template and click Next.
  7. Name the project UnoMediaCollection and select Create. This will launch Uno Platform Template...