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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

Distributing applications with the Microsoft Store

We have seen how to deliver WinUI applications to users through packages that can be sideloaded and with WinGet. There are a couple of other distribution channels available to Windows developers – Microsoft Intune for enterprise application distribution, and the Microsoft Store for consumer apps.

A deeper dive into Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager and Intune is beyond the scope of this book, but if you are interested in learning how to distribute line of business (LOB) applications through them, you can read this Microsoft Learn topic: https://learn.microsoft.com/windows/apps/publish/distribute-lob-apps-to-enterprises.

The Microsoft Store is the consumer app store for Windows users. The store accepts submissions for free and paid apps. Additional monetization options such as in-app purchases, sale pricing, and paid apps with a free trial period can also be configured.

In this section, we will cover the basics...