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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)
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

Getting started with application packaging in Visual Studio

In this section, we’ll see how we can package our applications with MSIX in Visual Studio. Visual Studio 2022 includes two WinUI project templates capable of creating MSIX deployment packages, outlined as follows:

  • Blank App, Packaged (WinUI 3 in Desktop): Creates a WinUI 3 project with a package.appxmanifest file to generate an MSIX package
  • Blank App, Packaged with Windows Application Packaging Project (WinUI 3 in Desktop): Creates a solution with two projects – a WinUI 3 project and a packaging project that contains the package.appxmanifest file

We will work with the completed MyMediaCollection solution from Chapter 8. You can either use your own solution from that chapter or download a copy from this chapter’s GitHub repository at Let’s see how to generate an MSIX package for the application...